I had three injections all of which worked for a few days to two weeks then stopped. The excruciating pain returned and only Vicoden 5 mg 3-4 times a day controlled the pain. Vicoden at that dose is the lowest dose prescribed. it worked perfectly for several years and doctors refused to prescribed opioids for fear of losing their license. My sister recently died of throat cancer and she complained constantly of pain. She died with unrelieved pain. As a cancer patient she was prescribed Morphine 2 mg. every 6 hours. That is beyond ridiculous but keeps our doctor’s license safe. Our doctors are violating their Hippocratic oath – Do No Harm. They had added a caveat “except when the government is breathing down your neck. Then the patient be damned. I am glad this helped you Randy. I don’t know your clinical status but I am sure it differs from mine. Do you have severe and crippling arthritis?
Risks of steroid use - Steroid administration postoperatively as a tapering dose is not always harmless and should not be used universally without regard to a patient's medical or psychological history. A history of Gastrointestinal acid formation or ulcers should preclude the use of steroids without antacids at the same time. Also in diabetics, it can cause sugar abnormalities postoperatively. Furthermore, patients with history of depression or mood problems can become aggravated or more anxious after the surgery with the use of steroids. Insomnia is also another potential side effects of oral steroid use postoperatively.