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Posted: 8/16/2007 4:02:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2007 5:14:10 AM EDT by Hedonist]
Hurt my left hip years ago, and an MRI now shows heavy inflamation.

Steriod shots are beig tabled as a pain management solution, but I am not sure if I will tear things up thinking i'm in no pain.

Steriod shots, anyone get them in a hip joint? - and if so was it a positive thing?

Link Posted: 8/17/2007 5:15:12 AM EDT
I'm in the process of making an appointment with a Pain Management specialist but value personal experiences from any members.
Link Posted: 8/17/2007 5:18:29 AM EDT
Sounds like they're trying to hit you with a cortisone shot. I have heard terrible things...


Not all roids are anabolic.
Link Posted: 8/17/2007 5:21:23 AM EDT
I had cortisone shots(epidural) for my back problems. I had bone spurs inflaming the disk, pinching my psiatic nerve.
Fixed it right up after about 2-3 months of biweekly injections.

Link Posted: 8/17/2007 8:01:24 AM EDT
Okay, made an appointment with pain specialist next Friday, in the meantime I spoke to a Nuerologist friend of mine who after hearing my MRI report conclusion recommends that I see an orthopedic surgeon (rehab specialist), and he is going to make that appointment for me.

I've heard such mixed reactions to the cortisone shots - from "made the situation worse" to "fixed things" - just like what is posted above. The Nueosurgeon says they give them to you until the insurance runs out, they may or may not work, then eventually replace the hip joint. I am only 48, and I feel, work, and play like a 30-something.

Bottom line here is that I'm going to see 2 docs with different specialties and get 2 opinions before gambling on a major body joint.

So far, I've been throttling my physical workload, and when the pain starts I know I have to quit. If the pain gets too intense I take a pain med. Probelm is the over the counter stuff is useless, and my family doc is afraid to write a script for enough meds to make it through a full month. I have to budget my pain meds, and it is effecting my quality of life to a significant degree at this point.

Sex (which is now painfull - therefore optional and infrequent) is now a question of whether or not I have pain meds available, so this is now a critical situation!
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