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Corticosteroids And Anesthetics For Spinal Disc Pain (Cortisone Injections, Epidurals And Oral Steroids): Side Effects

Dr. Ron Daulton, Jr.

I’ve created a chart below that shows the side effects of the Corticosteroids and Anesthetics we discussed previously. I thought this would be easier because you’ll notice that a lot of the side effects are the same. In order for this chart to fit on the page, I had to abbreviate the names of the medications, so here is the key:

If you are taking any of these medications and you think you are experiencing one of the side effects listed below, you should discuss it with your doctor immediately. Please do not stop taking any medications without speaking to your doctor about it first.

In addition to that, this is not a complete list of the possible side effects that can occur (these are the most common side effects). Everyone is different and you may experience a side effect that is not on the list. However, I’ve tried to be as thorough and complete as possible. So if you are experiencing a new symptom while taking any of these medications, you should bring that to your doctor’s attention as well.

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"cortisone flare," a condition where the injected cortisone crystallizes and can cause a brief period of pain worse than before the shot
whitening of the skin where the injection is given
infection
patients with diabetes may have a transient increase in their blood sugar
thinning of the joint cartilage
weakening of the ligaments of the joint
loss of bowel and bladder control (when done in the lumbar spine)
dural puncture, which leads to a headache
bleeding
nerve damage
allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
problems with your vision
swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath
severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure (convulsions)
bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood
pancreatitis (severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate)
low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling)
dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure)
sleep problems (insomnia), mood changes
acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration
slow wound healing
increased sweating
headache, dizziness, spinning sensation
nausea, stomach pain, bloating
changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist)

Next we’ll discuss drug interactions for these medications. You can click here to see those now, or you can click the Next button below.

Here is a list of other medications you can learn about also:

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