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    any experiance/knowledge with cortisone injection

    I will be having cortisone injections 7/14. Iv'e heard good and bad about them. I am c5,6,7 incomplete. My arms, shoulder, upperback, and neck hurt and go numb, intermittantly, depending on activitie. I googled this site for cortisone with zero hits. Thats scary in itself. Does anybody have anything to say about cortisone.

    Thank-you for this wonderful site.

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    I have had several cortisone shots given to me on my shoulders and wrists for pain. They are pretty painful when given but the pain in the affected area does go away. The last one I had about three weeks ago did affect my sugar level though. My internist was concerned since I do have diabetes(sp?) and my level did go up to 295. Normal level is 120. The ortho who gave me the shot has given orders for ultrasound therapy so I won't meet that problem again. One more thing, my pt said that I had to slow down a bit for a day or two with the pt or trying to use too much strength. The shots do make me feel much better and can move around much better since I am not in pain anymore. They used to last a long time but not anymore.

    Hope this info helps you.

    Raven

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    JC, cortisone can be injected for a variety of purposes and in a variety of locations. Are you talking about spinal injections for root compression? This can often provide significant relief if it is done by a specially trained physician who does a lot of these procedures. This is often a specialist working in a pain clinic. Frequently repeated injections are needed, and it may take weeks or months to see the ultimate effect. You may want to look at the Spinal Disorders forum at the MGH Braintalk.org website for more information on this as it is not commonly done for people with SCI.

    Joint cortisone injections can help with inflammation due to arthritis or tendonitis, but repeated injections should be avoided as each one weakens the tendons and ligaments, which can lead to more serious problems such as tendon rupture, rotator cuff tears, etc.

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    SCI-Nurse Yes I was talking about spinal injections for root compression. I have heard some of bad things about cortisone, like it is bad for ligiments. the little ligiments in my spine c4,5,6 are damaged (not separated, just streached, or smashed, or both), so im concerned. I dont want to hurt anyworse.

    I went to the site you recommended, they seemed to be saying the risk goes up with the amount of use, with there being not a lot, but some, risk on the first injections.

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    i was wrong. my shots are on the 18th

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