“Doc, I just want one of those epidurals to get rid of the pain.”
Really, you want a large needle stuck into your spine? Do you know what could happen to you if you have an epidural spinal injection? Usually, nothing bad happens at all. The complication rates are very low . 1 At the most, you might get some flushing , increased pain or persistent numbness. If you are a diabetic, you might experience a spike in your blood sugar levels temporarily . None of those complications are really a big deal; so the epidurals seem worth the risk to most people. But most people don’t know that rare serious and potentially fatal complications from these “safe” procedures have been reported.
A few people have become paralyzed as a result of having an epidural injection. 2, 3 This complication is thought to be caused by a disruption in the blood supply to the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury is a most unfortunate and unforeseen risk from an epidural steroid inj...
Migraine patients often find ourselves living with comorbid conditions similar to those of other Migraineurs we meet. This can cause curiosity and confusion when some of these common comorbidities can look like Migraines or be triggers for our Migraines and other headache disorders. Treating these comorbidities won't necessarily make our Migraine attacks disappear, but they can often help us manage our Migraines by ruling out other conditions, maximizing our health. and minimizing our triggers.
Neck pain is a frequent symptom of Migraine, but spinal injury and other problems can also result in neck and back pain that can be a frequent but treatable trigger and comorbidity. Cervicogenic headache is pain that originates in the neck and is felt in the head, and is often treatable as well. Cervicogenic headaches can also trigger Migraines.
One treatment many Migraine and headache patients try, is an epidural steroid injection. This treatment involves the injection of stero...
After a restful Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to discuss something with you. Steroid Tapers .
As you know, I have had a recent MS relapse . This one wasn’t one which I just wanted to “wait it out” for. I’ve done that with very minor bumps/relapses along the road during the recent years. In fact since switching drug treatment two years ago, my MS relapses had been more subtle and my MS has been more stable.
So until the last couple of weeks, I had not had a real-life, steroids-requiring MS relapse which sent me to the doctor’s office in search of treatment in a long while. This time around I knew that I would be asking for Solumedrol but it was just a matter of timing. I had concert commitments over the weekend and the Thanksgiving holiday was coming up.
MS was affecting my leg strength and causing foot drop (which is new to me) in my right foot, the same one which had been showing a bit of clonus during yoga sessi...
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