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“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...
A rare fungal form of meningitis has sickened 121 people in 10 states, killing 12. Sadly, officials say that count is certain to rise. Thus far, the majority of cases reported have been in Tennessee. The tally as of early this morning is 39 cases in Tennessee, 24 in Virginia, 25 in Michigan, 12 in Indiana, eight in Maryland, six in Florida, three in Minnesota, two in North Carolina and one each in Ohio and New Jersey. However, the number of cases continues to rise fairly quickly so by the time you read this, those numbers may have changed.
The outbreak has been linked to methylprednisolone acetate , a steroid that is injected into the spine to treat back pain and inflammation. Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Health Commissioner, said they had pinpointed three lot numbers of the drug, produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Farmington, Mass., as the source of the fungus.
The manufacturer issued a voluntary recall of the three lots of methylpredn...
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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