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Steroid Injections
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What are Steroid Injections?

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.