I'm new to this site, so I'm sorry if this topic has been covered in previous posts. My doctor recently (finally) just recommended an MRI on my hip to determine if there is a labral tear. She is sending me for an arthrogram along with the MRI and has also suggested a cortisone injection at the same time (since they have to use a needle for the arthrogram anyway). Has anyone ever had this procedure? I'm not crazy about the idea of cortisone injections; I've heard some horror stories about them, but I've also heard by others who say they've gotten quite a bit of relief from them.
ok don't sweat the shot, it will releave some pain but it will come back but the other stuff you just need to jump throughout the insurance company's hoops so you can get to the stuff that will help. like a diagnosis and then you will get to see a bunch of specialist which will be able to help.
Very interested in this as well. Have pain in my knees, hips, shoulders, and lower back. Shots have been recommended to me, but I hate shots and definitely don't want them in all my joints where I have pain. I suspect my pain to be side effects from Lupron shots and Casodex tablets. Would shots help here?
My orthopedic doctor is really pushing to have the steroid shot done at the same time as the arthrogram . . . my chiropractor is not as enthusiastic about the steroid shot. I did some reading about the procedure and the shot today and almost had an anxiety attack -- not because it said there would be any horrid side effects but because of the description of the procedure.
I'm glad you didn't have a bad experience with your shot!
My injection wasn't bad, either, and it seems to be helping a bit .. . still some numbness in the leg, which I think is related to lumbar spine issue. But I expected the shot to be much worse -- just a little pressure in the joint.
Waiting now for the result of the MRI & arthrogram.
I'm in Boston . . . where we are having mad-crazy weather today!
Also got the results of the hip MRI -- a tear in the labrum, along with a small cyst -- which probably explains the majority of the issue with the hip and could also be part of what causes the pain in the lower back (although I do have arthritis in the spine right at the L5/S1 space. So the next step is to decide what to do about the tear . . . probably arthroscopic surgery.
I have to say, though, once the analgesic, which they gave me in addition to the cortisone, wore off, the cortisone doesn't seem to be very effective for me. Oh well . . . it was worth a shot (no pun intended!)