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    Just curious about injections

    Have you had the injections for back trouble and did they help ? I know there are different injections and success can depend on the doctor . Also how regular did you have to get them if they worked . Thank you !
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    I don't know all the particulars, BUT...
    a friend of mine got injections in his elbows.
    I assumed it was cortisone shots, but it was a series of visits and the Physical therapy.
    When I asked him about it, He said they pulled out some of his blood and removed one component of the blood (platelets or plasma or something?), then they injected that in his elbows. This was for severe tendinitis. And that has helped it a lot so far. He is back to work and his lifting restrictions had been removed a month ago...He is still going strong.

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    I had them done first time was 12 years ago on back, 3 injections 2 weeks apart, work for 2 years. Dealt with pain for a few more years. 2 nd time same thing. 3 rd time no relief, 4 time no relief. at this point back would go out and would be down for a few days, took high dose of steroids and would be good for a month.
    Started surgery process, went to 2 surgeons both had people in lobby in pain on multiple surgeries and no better. Went to another 4 months to get appt. and 4 months after appt had surgery. I had surgerie feb 2016 and walked out 24 hours later. Took about 2 months to completely heal. But that pain was very minor. L4-L5 disks. I should have done it years ago. Completely pain free now.

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    Back in the "80s, I had a pain clinic Dr. recommend the steroid shots for lower back and leg pain. I discontinued them after 7 in 8 months.
    Several of them gave me no relief.
    Twice they really struck a nerve and brought me to my knees.
    To be fair the others did what was intended and gave several weeks of relief.
    I'm again under Drs. advice to have the shots to releave continuous pain in the lower back and thighs. I have undergone 4 weeks of PT with little relief. I've elected to use another month of PT before the decission on more shots
    At 75, I don't expect miracles from either treatment since the problem is just worn and distorted vertebrae and discs. The least invasive is the PT to strengthen what's left of the muscels that hold me together.
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    NO.. had 1 injection in the lower, back 2 in my elbow.Didn't help, Very painful won't do it again..

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    PS> forgot to say, Doctor said Oh, I guess I should of deaden it.....@#&&)***.

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    for some people they help, others they dont do a thing. ive not had them in my back, but ive had too much cortisone, and even had some rooster comb injections, and all i can say is a lot depends on the doc doing the injections. for the back with your PT work on what you can to strengthen your core.

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    I am currently battling back issues with chiropractic care 3 times weekly, cramp bark inflammation reducer and switching to an inflammation fighting diet. Lots of turmeric.
    I am an organic kind of guy that doesn't care for modern medicine and their drugs.
    I am better...it just takes a little longer and cures the problem (inflammation) rather than cover the symptoms with steroids and pain killers.
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    I had one 12 years ago. I was told beforehand that 1. It might not help at all. 2. It would last temporarily. 3. It would last ------. I woke up, pain gone and has not returned. Normal for me duties . I'm 71 years old and surprisingly active for my age.

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    I've had one.... It provided mid-level relief for an L4-L5 disk with nerve involvement. This was about 1.5 years ago. The pain is manageable, but I'm not able to do all the things I want to do. I have another appointment Jan. 2 with a different treatment facility....and this guy thinks I need the meds at L5-S1 to really help what's going on in my back. I'm inclined to trust him.....he did 100 times more testing and physical diagnosis than the last guy. I really want to avoid surgery........
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    I had good results w injections for lumbar facet spine arthritis. My MD used a fluoroscope to guide his needle, which I'm sure helped. After those wore off we did the electric needle to accomplish a rhizotomy. It's been 6 years and still pain free.
    Just be sure you've a good MD and try it.
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    Had 6 shots in my back, two helped for about two months, the others including burning the nerves did nothing. Disc between L4 and L5 is gone, tramadol and not doing much( had to quit skeet, sporting clays) is ok. Now C7 has bone spur, shoulder , arm , hand pain and numbness. Carpitunel has also come back in both wrist. Release at wrists is very simple, to fix C7 they go through the front of your neck. Wifes cousin had it done and is fine.
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    Did it a dozen times in different areas of my back. Little to no relief and I finally told the neuro I am not a pincushion, fix it!

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    Had over 10 of them in different areas of my back. I also have had a procedure called a RFA 2x's and none of it has worked. I will never go to a chiro. They were part of the reason my back was messed up. The only type of Dr that does not need a Dr;s licence. They are complete quacks. The only pain relief they give you is the endorphins that are released when they crack whatever they do. It last about 15 min. That's why you have to keep going back. I can crack my own back for free and not hurt myself like they did to me. Do your selves a little research on the chiro's and you will see they are quacks.

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    Don't like shots at all. Had one for pain once. Didn't help so I never let them do it again.
    When my back was giving me trouble, I got muscle relaxer pills.
    Took some time, but it went away.
    Problem was stress. Way to much stress.
    Got rid of the stress and was good after that.
    Getting old now, so gout, week knees and stiff back is coming on.
    If I lose some weight, it would probably help a lot.

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    Level and duration of success can vary widely. I was diagnosed, from x-rays, with osteoarthritis of L4 & L5 vertebrae about 9 months ago...sciatic pain had reached the point where I couldn't make it to the half-bath off our master bedroom without a cane. Neurologist recommended a steroid (cortisone?) injection series. First shot brought about 48 hours relief (after the local anesthesia wore off); after that, it was back to square one. Doctor ordered an MRI and, after one look at results, cancelled remainder of shot series and referred me to a neurosurgeon. Six months after a laminectomy ( https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-pro...n/PRC-20009521 ) I'm still doing daily PT exercises and walking a (prescribed) mile every morning but I'm 95% pain free and have pretty much resumed all my normal activities. Only significant downside, so far, is that any lifting is limited to an absolute maximum of 50 lbs due to amount of bone removed from those two vertebrae.

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    Neurosurgeon told me, as long as NSAIDs can keep the pain bearable, injections are probably not a good choice. He said, when ibuprofen and the like won't do enough, surgery will likely be more beneficial than the injections.
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    The injections have helped me tremendously. I had njections in the 80's that didn't do jack. The pain actually increased for the first few days, burned like he!! and overall did nothing. From what the Dr told me, there have been improvements in the formula and I'm now a believer.

    I literally fried my guts using NSAIDs and can no longer use them. Prednisone helps but like the hard core pain meds my tolerance increased. I tried the injections out of desperation fearing I'd become an addict. Glad I did as the level of pain now is tolerable and I longer use pain meds every day.

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    After my auto accident when I went to "pain doctors" I had 3 separate injections in my spine over 3 visits - first one helped next two didn't - doctor basically said that's all we can do for you.
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    just had them. I had surgery and was experiencing more pain afterward then I should have. Partialy due to them having to open my back up due to a blood clot. The doc gave me three injections at the same time. One for immediate relief on for short term relief and one for long term. At least that's the way he explained it to me. I walked in there with a pain level of AT LEAST 7. I needed a cane and my wifes help. 10 minutes after the shot the pain (other then if you call being sore real pain) was gone. About 3 days later it started coming back. Called the doc and he said that was typical About a week after that the pain started getting less and less every day. I still have pain in my leg and a lot of numbness but it seems to get better every day. He told me that it would take a full month before the long term benefits really worked and its been 3 weeks now and I am better. That said maybe it is just normal healing. I too have to say that twice in the past I had them with no real benefit other then the first couple days. So do I think they worked. Who knows. I guess at least they sure didn't hurt anything and it is worth at least a try.
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