Degenerated disc questions

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by horsechick, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    Was wondering if anyone has any experience with these?
    What helps you?
    Do Cortisone shots hurt?
    Thanks for your time,
  2. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008

    I have not had shots into my spine for discs but I did have them in my shoulder joint.

    They are tough, but it is important not to fear them and tense up.

    I used to be a nursing auxilliary, so I knew what to expect.
    but I am so grateful really, my GP did them and tried to do it quietly, but I was onto him. He missed with the first one and the second I actually felt it go through the joint but it was not painful as such. More just discomfort.

    It didn't last long, and I just took time to rest after. It has not solved the problem though. maybe someone else has a better idea of how it affects you with discs.

    Good luck, just really try to relax.

  3. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    I have had them in the elbows and shoulder....they worked fantastically for me for a year....... the pain lessened dramatically..... luckily I have never ever been afraid of any size needle, therefore was not nervous, for me at least I did not feel any discomfort whilst having the injections. Read up some more about them and if offerred don't be afraid, just have them done by a very qualified person at the hospital, this is your spine we are talking bout and not an elbow etc.

    Good luck [​IMG]
  4. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2008
    Martinsville, IN
    I've never been afraid of doctor's needles, either. But I've had the shoulder injections and they just didn't do a thing for me. Ended up having to have shoulder surgery. And I went through the whole process for both shoulders. Shots didn't work in either one. I haven't tried them for my back, as I also have degenerative disk disease. I hear they have a block they can give you. My sister had one once.
  5. grandads

    grandads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2008
    BF gets those they last about two months for him. And yep they hurt, but without them he hurts all the time any way.
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    My husband had an epidural steroid injection last week. He felt so good immediately after and is very pleased.
  7. beak

    beak On vacation

    Dec 12, 2008
    Kiowa, Colorado
    I had a torn rotater cuff. They tried the shots but they didn't help. Ended up with surgery. Cortizone shots are a stop gap measure for pain. They are the insurance companies 1st step. The shot's themselves weren't that painful. The doctor was surprised at my reaction, he was expecting more drama. It's surprising because I am a pain woosee.

    Good luck with your disc's
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:I had them in back BEFORE they realized that I have a stress fracture [​IMG] Needless to say they didn't help.

    Terrie that duck looks positively evil!
  9. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    I've had cortisone shots in my feet, elbows and wrists. The latest ones I had were much more comfortable. My doctor sprayed freeze spray on the area first, and added lidocaine to the injection. After the first puncture, I didn't feel a thing. They do help, but are for relief, not a cure.

    I have degenerated discs in my neck, but I'm having a heck of a time getting docs to do anything about it other than prescribe me pain pills and muscle relaxers. I don't want to take those if I can avoid it, because they are addictive and basically make me non-functional. I'm looking at alternatives now, because modern medicine is just too much about the prescription pad. *sigh*

    Let us know how it goes for you. [​IMG]
  10. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    I drove some heavy equipment at my old job and I think that is what put the icing on the cake, Another guy in my dept. had the same thing but choose surgery. Needless to say he is still screwed up.
    I have used my chiropractor and he has done wonders.
    The other day I bent over to pick something up and irritated it.
    Wow, beyond belief!
    We did x-rays, my family doctor gave me pain and muscle relaxers.
    I have been going back to chiro to get it down some.
    The xrays showed a degenrated disc, I'm worried how it will probably get worse, since they don't grow back?
    I don't want any surgeries, I get very depressed with the nagging pain.
    Wondered if the shots would help?
    but they just "mask" pain and wont make it better.
    Surgery? replacement?
    I think the scar tissue may cause more problems?
    Gets really aggravating because I try to be so active and we and the kids have so much going on it really puts a crimp in things.
    If it weren't for the leg and lower back Id feel great,
    Thanks for listening and the suggestions,
    Appreciate it,

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