Steroid Injections Side Effects and Warnings
Side Effects and Warnings
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.