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  •  My Late Mom Had Relief From (4+ / 0-)

    a kind of steroid injection down into the joint, which was allowed a max of 3 times a year. I'm not up on the terminology; have you discussed that with yer doc? The shot is done in some kind of self-numbing way so even though they go right into the joint, it doesn't hurt.

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    by Gooserock on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 07:08:28 AM PST

    •  it's worth trying. (1+ / 0-)
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      I tried it but it wasn't sufficient for me. Usually by the time it's bone on bone, as in my case, that only provides short term relief.

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 07:54:57 AM PST

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    •  Fluoroscopically guided injection? (3+ / 0-)

      If that's what it was, it is a more effective method of getting the steroid deep into the joint. Different people experience different amounts of discomfort from it.

      For me, I feel an ache - not terrible, but distracting - for two days afterward. I assume it's because the joint capsule is already so full of crap that there's not much room for the steroids, so it has the same pain effect as additional swelling. A little ibuprofen makes it easy to ignore.

      A friend had both knees and a hip done around age 50. She had acclimated to the pain for so long that she was completely unprepared for the amount of relief she felt. She was elated.

      Go for it, while you've got the good insurance.

      You don't want to be stuck w/no choice due to financial constraints at a time when the pain is constant and unbearable.

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