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Arthritis in Spine

May 24, 2017 6:37 AM

I have arthritis in my spine, hips and neck. My new doctor gives steroid shots by looking at xray machine at same time to see where to give shot. She is also going to burn 4 nerves in back. She said only thing nerves are there for is pain. Has anyone heard of this or had it done? tia

May 24, 2017 9:12 AM

I have heard of it. Sounds like a good idea since steroid shots weakion bones after time.

May 24, 2017 9:56 AM

I had those injections for several years probably close to 7 or 8 and I have the radiotherapy where they burn out the nerves three times over a five-year period because those suckers grow back. Each time the injections got less and less effective to the point where I would not feel anything by the time I got home from the doctor's office by not feel I mean the pain was there no numbness. I say they're good to go for but don't let them be the only measure of how they treat your pain

May 24, 2017 10:49 PM

Yes, my father in law had his back nerves burned about 3 months ago. He said it didn't hurt & helped some, but still has bad days. Wish i had more info on that, I'll ask him.
I've had 2 separate steroid injections in my right elbow for RA pain. 1st shot didn't work 2nd one did. 4 years later my elbow is still ok.
These are all hard decisions! Good luck

May 25, 2017 1:11 PM

I used to get that done. I got an epidural in the back. The doctor uses Fluoroscopy. That is a study of moving body structures--similar to an X-ray "movie." A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.

May 25, 2017 1:29 PM

Have you been tested for Ankylosing Spondylitis?

May 25, 2017 2:14 PM

No I haven't BraybrookSpondy.

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