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RE: [IP] cortisone shots in the spine

I have three fusions in my neck and it has gotten so bad that I had those
shots. I try to absolutely refrain from that treatment as it was always
much worse before it got better. Now I take a round of prednisone along
with some muscle-relaxers. I can't take any of the Nsaids so I can't answer
you on that one. Cortisone will suppress the immune system, which could
let an infection get out of control. From my experience, I would take
with you. Also from my experience, I will continue to avoid this treatment
(the cortisone injections in the neck) unless it is an absolute last resort.


-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted
[mailto:email @ redacted]On Behalf Of Heidi Vogan
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 1:32 PM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] cortisone shots in the spine

 Next Wed., I will be getting several cortisone shots
in the spine(L4-L5,L1-L2) While I think I'm ready for
the blood sugars going beserk bit (I've never had a
cortisone shot-but at least I know what to expect) I
have a couple of non-specific questions maybe someone
can help me out on..Are Nsaids considered to have
anti-clotting properties? I'm supposed to stop taking
them, if so but I don't know if they are.(its not
aspirin,for crying out loud. I do know that if I stop
taking them, I won't survive to GET the cortisone
shots.) Second question- why would any bodily
infection matter, I thought they treated infections
with cortisone like products (supposed to be
infection-free prior to this) And if anyone has had
one of these- is it really painful or have any initial
numbness? They want me to have someone to drive me
home(which I consider overkill, but I'm just
    dx 12/98
    MM508 4/01
    DCozmo 1/05

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