Pros and Cons of Cortisone Injections

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People who are not ill respond differently to the mention of medication side effects than those who are patients.

Cortisone is Sometimes Good and Bad

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Few, if any, pharmaceutical drugs have zero side effects. Contra­indications might deter patients with tolerable pain levels. But when pain or illness seriously impacts one’s quality of life, patients must evaluate risk/benefit more objectively.

A cortisone, or epidural, injection is a common temporary remedy for inflammation-related pain. Cortisone refers to a category of man-made steroids that mimic the effects of cortisol, a hormone that naturally occurs in the body. It is not without side effects. Don’t confuse topical and oral cortisone with injections. Each has its own side effects. Complications of cortisone shots can include:

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