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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Cortisone
Cortisone and Insulin [posted
Answer: Usually a few days only.
Cortisone Drugs [posted 11/11/98]
Answer: All the cortisone like steroids will weaken muscles. They also cause a distribution of fat from the periphery to the abdomen as well as many other effects. This weakness is called a steroid myopathy which is occasionally permanent.
Cortisone Reaction [posted
Answer: The medicines for gout are probably non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. These would normally be used prior to injecting steroids into a joint. Normally, these would be used for long periods and in moderately high dosages unless you cannot tolerate them. So, some of the sequence of this doesn't make sense. What were the drugs you were on?
Cortisone Injections [posted
Answer: Yeah probably, but first, what is the medical condition that is being treated? Sounds like some sort of condition like lupus or one of its cousins. If you haven't had an evaluation by a Rheumatologist you might consider it. Steroids will speed up your aging process. They cause/accelerate cataracts, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, muscle weakness and atrophy, etc. The bigger the dose and the longer one takes it the more these problems will occur. If it is necessary so be it. But, again what is the condition that is being treated?
Cortisone Heel Injections [posted
Answer: Usually not severe unless the injector doesn't use anesthesia/lidocaine.
Answer: It sounds like you are trying the correct things. Are you wearing your orthotics? Are you doing any aerobic exercise or walking/running for exercise. Do your regular shoes have built in orthotics (like RocPorts).
Answer: I guess the first question is why is she having pain now? What has happened to her back or the rods? I'd worry less about the steroids than this question. Steroid injection is pretty standard and seems to have little side effects if given in the epidural space. It is limited to two or three injections.
Answer: Cortisone is a steroid hormone naturally produced by one's adrenal
glands. Taking cortisone as a replacement hormone is usually not attended by any risks to
the embryo. However, most people take cortisone (or simialr drugs such as Prednisone) in
higher than repalcement doses to treat different medical conditions such as asthma, lupus
erythematosus, or other diseases. Long term use of steroids during pregnancy can affect
the baby and suppress that adrenal function of the baby. Other side effects are theorized,
but are rarely seen. We usually counsel women to take as little cortisone or other
steroids during pregnancy as possible. However, often the use of steroids is critical to
ensure the health of the mother and we think that her overall health is generally more
important than any individual drug. If the peditrician is aware of steroid use by the
mother problems after birth can usually be avoided. The adrenal glands in the child will
usually develop normally after birth.
Answer: Steroids are incredible drugs for certain diseases. They are powerful
anti-inflammatories and often are the only drugs available in certain diseases. We would
use them more commonly if the side effects weren't so troubling. The side effects are
usually limited to chronic use;that is, short term use is usually without major problems.
The longer the steroids are used and the higher the dose the more the long term side
effects. These side effects are to basically speed up the aging process. The eyes develop
cataracts, bones develop osteoporosis and fracture, arteries develop hardening at a faster
rate, serum glucose levels rise and often lead to diabetes mellitus, muscles weaken and
atrophy. These changes usually take some time to develop and are faster with higher doses.
Physicians try to use the smallest dose of steroids for the shortest time available; but,
for many diseases there is absolutely no alternative to their use and the side effects
must be accepted if the patient is to improve.
Answer: Cortisone is a steroid which is used as an anti-inflammatory. It is commonly used in treating asthma, and other diseases requiring steroids. Steroids in general speed up the aging process causing Diabetes Mellitus, cataracts, coronory artery disease, osteoporosis, muscle weakness -basically any aging process depending on the organ system. For this reason they are used judicially and for as short a period as possible.
Answer: Cortisone is a steroid and used in large doses for long periods of time
will have major adverse effects. Used briefly(even in large doses) the side effects are
minimal. Some patients experience insomnia with a single dose; but, this should be about
it for one shot. Do not use multiple repeated shots (2 or 3 would be OK).
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