Steroid Injections:
What is it?

Steroid Injections:
How is it Used?

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Steroid Injections Side Effects and Warnings

Side Effects and Warnings

Side effects

Epidural steroid injections are usually well tolerated. The following may occur with cortisone injection use:

  • Dural Tears: may result from piercing the sac around the spinal nerves with the needle. This usually causes headache
  • Infection: the incidence for this side effect is very low, it is usually avoided by using a sterile technique.
  • Bleeding: also uncommon, this can avoided by not giving the medication to patients with bleeding disorders or those on blood thinning medication.
  • Increased Blood Sugar: taking any steroid medication cause this side effect. If you have diabetes, you will be advised to monitor your blood sugar well after you receive an epidural steroid.