Experience with Cortisone Injections?

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  1. Kooomar

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    So, I have had back problems (2 blown discs) for about a year now. I have been doing constant PT/stretcing/etc on top of working out. The few things I am limited to not do are squats and deads (as rad as they are)

    Basically, it hurts like fuck to sit down for more than 30 minutes at a time, which is terribly inconvenient for driving, flying, movies, etc. And that pain isn't really going away.

    I had an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon this morning and he reccomended that I try these cortisone injections into my back to try to reduce the inflammation to the point that the pain subsides permanently or maybe just for a few weeks.

    Would this have any effect on working out? Have you guys ever had one? Any reccomendations?

    Cliffs: Doctor said that if I wanted, I should get cortisone shots, do I want to?
     
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    Buzz get your ass in here.
     
  3. Dunken

    Dunken Welcome to the team.

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    had em in my knees before, was told to go play basketball as hard as i could afterwards and i felt no pain. it came back months later but some people it doesnt.
     
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    So, what happened months later? Did you go get them again, or was the pain reduced by that time to the point that you didn't need it anymore?
     
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    Dunken Welcome to the team.

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    stopped playing basketball as hard really. the knee specialist wanted to try it out. he said if the pain comes back he didnt want to do it too many times because when you put a needle into a tendon it creates a small scar and eventually if you do it too often the scar tissue can get back. but i guess my knees have not been in the pain they were since then. that was 5-6 years ago.
     
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    had back pain behind my shoulder blade the point i couldnt lay down with someone on top of me (i train jits and was leaving for the motherland, brazil) got some cortizone, good as new.
     
  7. Kooomar

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    How long ago was this, and was it a permanent fix for you? Or did you have to go multiple times?
     
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    went once, used 1 needle, 3 injection points. it has been over a year, and i started feeling pain in the same spot so i took a week off my lifts and have been going easy and havent felt the pain in 3 weeks.
     
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    100% recommend it
     
  10. Coconut Endo

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    I've had a few in my shoulder and done upper body the same day. It's held up for years.
     
  11. Jeff Merr

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    Not sure what you're referring to by "blown discs", either way, cortisone is usually a temporary fix to inflammation, although in some cases people report having no pain even years down the road following the injection. In addition to the cortisol you should work on what is causing the inflammation, that's probably the more important factor.
     
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    It happened about a year ago, and it took me about 6 months of thinking it would heal itself before going to someone. Basically, the L4 and 5 discs are herniated, L5 has a torn wall and is pinching the sciatic nerve, causing shit tons of pain down my right leg.
     
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    I'd definitely take it easy on heavy lifting, especially spinal loading until the torn disc heals, last thing you want to do is rupture it. The cortisone injection should help relieve some of the inflammation that is aggravating the S1. Are you currently doing any type of core or glute training? The good news is that the discs are not degenerated and still retaining fluid, this helps a lot in the healing process.
     
  14. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Had one in my knee before. Worth it. You won't notice negative effects, but you need to take it easy for it to work. The idea is to keep the inflammation down and let shit heal. If you get the shot, then keep tearing up your back, you'll only have a rebound of inflammation even worse when it wears off.
     
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    i thought there was a negative consequence to these injections, like it erodes your cartilage or something
     
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    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    A few shots won't hurt him. If you take cortisone on a constant basis, then all kind of bad shit happens.
     
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    This.

    Had two injections in my right elbow for tennis elbow. Injection itself wasn't bad at all. First time, it worked like a champ. Had no pain within 24 hours and it stayed that way for a couple months. Pain came back and I went for another shot. This time, I had wicked cortisone flare. The flare pain was worse than the tennis elbow itself but only lasted for 24 hours. This shot reduced the pain probably 50% but it quickly returned. After about 9 weeks of PT/Stretching/Massage/Ultrasound/Electrical stimulation, I am finally pretty much pain free. Probably at >95%. Only have very slight pain grasping/lifting very heavy objects with the arm fully extended. Even then, it's rare. Prior to the treatment, it was painful just carrying my laptop bag. Turning a doorknob and shaking hands sucked as well.

    You might want to look into Platelet Rich Plasma injections as well. I know there's been a lot of success in joint related injuries but don't know if there's been any trials with the spine.

    Good luck!
     
  18. Buzz Killington

    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    In my back, I recall it helping a little bit. I was too far gone for it to make a difference, though, so hopefully you're in better shape.
     
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    Yeah, I feel like I am too far gone as well, but I wanted to get an overall consensus of "could it hurt?" And it seems like everyone thinks its a good idea for the most part. If I'm too far gone, I'm too far gone, but I don't really have anything to lose by it.
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    Yep. At least you can cross it off your list.

    The second time around for me they eventually sent me to an electro-stim/massage place. It was relaxing, but they moved me around a lot.

    I slowly started feeling worse later on that night, to the point where I had to lie down, then it got worse to where I was screaming in agony and they hit me with a big shot of something narcotic once I got to the ER and kept screaming.

    So with those words encouragement, good luck :hsd:
     
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    I've had epidural steroid injections 8 -10 times (over 3-4yr period), series of 3 over a 7-9 week period. L5 S1 rupture affecting the sciatic nerve. They worked great, just had a job that kept irritating it.

    I did eventually have surgery and had I known then the life I have now, I would have had surgery a long time before.
     
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    If you happen to have any mental health issues, there is a chance the cortisone will make you extremely depressed.
     
  23. Spaceering

    Spaceering I bite.

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    i have never had them myself, but i've seen people that get them once then eventually they have to come back for the 9th time to get more

    example: a guy works for the telephone company climbing poles. he gets old and knees start to go bad. he gets the shot to temporarily end the pain. he got the bad knees from climbing the poles all those decades, and continues to put the knees under stress after the shots. Then eventually relies on the shots to continue his job.


    the shots will make the pain go away. the question is, for how long? it could come back, and it might if you continue doing whatever it was that gave you the bad back in the first place.


    cliffs: get the shot but don't abuse it, because it WILL work
     
  24. Jeff Merr

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    What surgery did they perform? Spine fusion?
     
  25. HorseDick

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    Go for it. Cortisone fixed the knee problems I had going on for 7 months and it's been good ever since (that was 9 months ago).
     
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