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Epidural steroids injections?
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RLFORTIN - October 28

Has anyone had epidural steroid injections?
My feet and ankles are killing me!!!! For the past six months I have had to walk with a cane or a walker. I am in agony! My new pain doc wants to start these injections...but from my research these injections help with back and leg pain. I have not seen it anywhere that has been used for feet pain. My 1st pain doc will only give me 2 darvocet a day and nothing else...forget about all my other aches and pains, huh! HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND MY PAIN!! THat is why I started with the 2nd pain doc but she does not give pill, just injections! I can't seem to win here. I just want SOME RELIEVE...any....
Any input would be greatly appreciated!!!



axxie - October 28

Nelle, like everyone else here, we all have problems finding a good doctor, you need a rheumy, but I have injections, they help. As for the beet pain, I have some, but never had the injection specifically for that.

Call your hospital and start talking to the nurses I'm sure they'll recommend someone, if not try your insurance provider, I would recommend you see a rheumy.

I don't know which side of the fence your on, I'm in Canada and it took me awhile to find the doctors I have, actually I think we continue to look at doctors, because doctors have this fear that if they give you medication, they will either get sanctioned from the watch pill committee or they think we will all become junkies.

Actually it's probably easier to find and smoke dope then seeing the doctor.


Fantod - October 28

If the second doctor is only offering steriod injections, I would say absolutely not unless she can guarantee they will fix the problem.

Fibromyalgia (FMS) is an autoimmune disease and as such steriods should only be used as a last resort. And, they should be used in the smallest dose and the shortest amount of time needed. Steriods suppress the immune system which, in the case, of FMS is already not working properly.

If this doctor is a pain specialist who only does injections than that is also an issue. I have never heard of a pain management specialist who only give steroid injections and will not prescribe anything else.

I would call your local hospital and ask for the physician referral service. Ask them for a recommendation to a new pain management specialist. As far as I can tell based upon your comments this new doctor sounds like a quack to me. Good luck and take care.


fibromite.u.k. - October 28

Hi, I don't know if this will help you or not. I have very bad pain in my big toe joint which has been diagnosed as osteoarthritis. For a long time, I have had to have my shoes built up to allow me to walk without pain. However, over the last year, the pain has got bad even with the built up shoes. I have seen an orthopeadic specialist and last Monday he gave me a steroid injection into my toe joint. People had told me that it was terribly painful and that I would be in so much pain that I wouldn't be able to put my foot to the ground for about five days. Well, all I can say to them, is rubbish. The injection was nothing and not even as bad as having a blood test done. My foot was painful to walk on the rest of that day and the following day, but after that it was ok. I have been out walking in my shoes today which is only three days later. The surgeon said that it will take about two weeks for me to feel the benefit of it so I will wait and see. Of course this is for arthritis, but he didn't seem to think that it would do my fibromyalgia any harm, although I admit that I hadn't realised what Fantod has just pointed out. Having said that, my next option would be to have an operation and I think that trying an injection first is preferable to that. As I am already down to have an op on my finger on Dec 2nd, I really didn't want another op so close to that one. Let us know what you decide to do.


toots2889 - October 29

I recently just had a epidural steroid injection for my back. Over the years ive had many steroid injections and that was my 2nd epidural one. I have a herinated disc in my neck and one in my low back which i just had surgery on. Ive had so many injections that they dont work on me anymore.I have had injections done to my feet for a pinched nerve in my foot, but that was put in my foot. I dont know that i understand this one myself. Good luck with this one.


JimGreeley - April 5

Hello Nellie;

I am going to have an epidural steroid injection for the same problem you descibe. I've had this "problem" in varying intensity for 45 years. I was hurt in a running accident while in the service. I feel I should go to a witch doctor instead of various MDs, because this steroid injection is the last straw. EPI isn't until April 20, 2011. I'll try to post to you about the results.



January - April 7

From what I've read, steroids are bad for your body in many ways. Google and read up on side effects. But, it seems like everybody is "selling" them! Of course, these procedures are more lucrative for doctors than writing prescriptions. There is one dr. in my area who has old folks lined up for recurring shots. I asked a couple patients, and they said they only help for a few weeks. I'd say this is riskier (and a lot more expensive) than taking some pain meds.

Also, they are best used to treat a short-term inflammation problem. I don't think they work on long term, non-inflammatory issues. Wall Street Journal had an article about them recently.

Each time you puncture an anatomical seal, you run the risk of infection. I would think twice about letting anybody put a needle in my spine. Remember, the fluid that bathes the spine also bathes the brain. An infection in your spine could affect your brain. Another risk of steroid shots is that they can damage tendons or nerves. Did your doctor discuss these risks with you?

The people I know who have undergone these shots usually get their pain back later. In researching them, I would go on forums and ask people who have actually had the procedure. I would not just believe what the slick medical websites are touting. A lot of medicine is just big business these days, so approach each doctor with caution and figure out what he is "selling" - or if he is really a doctor because he wants to heal people.


kvc33 - April 8

My question would be: how localized is your pain? Is it just your feet and ankles that are the main problem and if so why? Fibromyalgia is an all-over body pain and although everyone has certain areas that are worse than others, I would want to know what's really going on with your feet and ankles before selecting treatment. There are so many things it could be, there are lots of bones and joints in the feet as well as tendons. Using canes and walkers makes a person's gait and posture unnatural and can make things worse. What is your pain like when you are not standing or walking? What makes it worse, hot packs or cold? How much walking do you typically do in a day? Have you tried topical pain relievers?



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