Talking to Your Doctor

The Trouble with Steroids

David Mendosa Health Guide October 05, 2012
  • An outbreak of fungal meningitis has killed five people who took tainted steroid injections for back pain. And 42 more in seven states are sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of them are in Tennessee, but others are in Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Florida...

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  • My Bariatric Life
    Health Guide
    Oct. 06, 2012

    A few years back, an ortho had ordered steroid injections for me when he could find no reason for numbness in my leg and back pain. Desperate for relief, I agreed to begin treatment.

     

    Coincidentally, at this very point in time my employer changed insurers. And at my first appointment, we discovered that my new insurance did not cover steroid...

    RHMLucky777

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    A few years back, an ortho had ordered steroid injections for me when he could find no reason for numbness in my leg and back pain. Desperate for relief, I agreed to begin treatment.

     

    Coincidentally, at this very point in time my employer changed insurers. And at my first appointment, we discovered that my new insurance did not cover steroid injections at that practice. I would have to go somewhere else. In the interim of switching practices, I began taking powdered magnesium citrate for constipation (yet another coincidence).

     

    Lo and behold after a month of taking powdered magnesium citrate, the numbness in my leg stopped and subsequently the back pain was minimized. I never did get the steroid injections.

     

    I'd say that was pretty fortunate.

    MBL

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Oct. 07, 2012

      Dear MBL,

       

      I would say that you dodged a bullet. Lucky you!

       

      Your experience is another reason why I call magnesium a magical mineral at http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/153099/magnesium-magical

       

      I really appreciate your comment here and hope that people who read what I write here and struggle with being overweight are also...

      RHMLucky777

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      Dear MBL,

       

      I would say that you dodged a bullet. Lucky you!

       

      Your experience is another reason why I call magnesium a magical mineral at http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/153099/magnesium-magical

       

      I really appreciate your comment here and hope that people who read what I write here and struggle with being overweight are also reading your great articles on HealthCentral at http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/

       

      Best regards,

       

      David

       

       

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Oct. 10, 2012

      Thank you for the link article, David. I am reading it with great interest -- very insightful! Dad has leg cramps. I have asked him to take magnesium citrate, telling him that it worked wonders for me. Of course his doc put him on Neurontin. Dad is taking that but has not tried the magnesium.

       

      I am going to approach Dad again and suggest 420mg as stated...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thank you for the link article, David. I am reading it with great interest -- very insightful! Dad has leg cramps. I have asked him to take magnesium citrate, telling him that it worked wonders for me. Of course his doc put him on Neurontin. Dad is taking that but has not tried the magnesium.

       

      I am going to approach Dad again and suggest 420mg as stated in your article. Perhaps the evidence presented there will convince him. He has diabetes and hypertension and cardiovascular disease -- three conditions in which your aritlce states magnesium deficiency is prevalent.

       

      Magnesium deficiency also is common in gastric bypass patients, or anyone who has had a weight-loss surgery with a malabsorption component. If you are such a patient, you should not take the slow release version of magnesium. Those interested can learn more here: Trace Mineral Deficiency After Gastric Bypass http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/149977/trace-deficiency 

       

      BTW, my diabetes type II and hypertension were brought under control shortly after my gastric bypass, owing to the weight loss. I got off 5 prescription medications, including injected insulin, and have been controlling my diabetes and hypertension with diet and exercise for the past 10 years since having bariatric surgery.

       

      -MBL

  • Anonymous
    GreeenSmoothie
    Nov. 01, 2012

    I have been of DHEA for years, only 5 mg each AM.  Does anyone have thoughts on whether there wouod be a connection to my preidabetic blood sugars often elevated-100?

  • Dr. Bill Quick
    Health Pro
    Nov. 01, 2012

    See my commentary at

    http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/110/14528/steroids-bg/

     

    Bill

    William W. Quick, MD, FACP, FACE

    Editor, D-is-for-Diabetes

     

     

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Nov. 01, 2012

      Dear Bill,

       

      Thank you for your excellent advice in your SharePost.

       

      Namaste,

       

      David