Be careful of too much cortisone. I developed glaucoma a few years back because every doctor was injecting my back, my knee, my ankle, my elbow. It builds up in your system. The pressure in the eyes went down as I stopped getting the injections. My eye doctor caught it at my regular eye exam, it was down in 3 weeks or so.View Thread
You should not have much pain at all. I have had several injections in many joints and none hurt to the point of yelling out. There is lidocaine in the injection and that helps to numb it right away, that wears off in several hours and then the knee is achy but not super painful. You can walk on it right away without a problem. Ice, the first day or so as needed and you should be fine.View Thread
That's a little too much pain for a knee injection. Of course, if you fell on the knee that amount of pain is an indication that you have some problem from your fall. I have had many knee injections, pretty much pain free. So I think that all your pain may indicate a need to be re-assessed by the physician. Ice, Ice, Ice. Always try ice after injections they can hurt, ache after the lidocaine wears off.View Thread
Why haven't you applied for Social Security Disability? Your lawyer sounds like they are making you do all the leg work. This may or may not be a Worker's Comp. ailment and you are running out of options. I would get a Social Security lawyer and file right away. You will be declined on the first review, everyone is, but the second time around you may be eligible. You should not go out shopping didn't your lawyer tell you to curtail your outside activity? The Workers Comp insurance (if it is a private insurance company) sends investigators out to follow you, if you do much more than doctors apps. and picking up scripts you are doing too much. I am telling you they follow you, they film you, they are unrelenting. They even knock on the door and pretend to be Jehovah Witnesses to gain entry to see how you are doing. I am sorry that your family is not supporting you at your time of need. I will pray for you and your family. I know the route you are taking and it's really hard. Find a good doctor and stick with that doctor it may take a lot of time to find the one doctor that will really listen to you. Took me about a year for confirmation that I had not only arthritis but fibromyalgia and just a little depression. By that time surgery was a necessity and I was in the operating room 2 weeks after my app. with the neurosurgeon, my L3 nerve root was trapped at the L4 level, and I had severe spinal stenosis. I lost my job, a great job I had, I loved it but just could not do it. I had a desk job with travel and it became too painful. Again, I am sorry for you and you have my prayers and encouragement.View Thread
You would already have had symptoms of meningitis. This is a very severe disease with symptoms you cannot treat, very, very severe headaches with high fever. It is a swelling due to, in this case, infection of the covering of the brain. I don't think it's a "sleeper", it strikes pretty fast if you have contracted it. Talk to your doctor about it, but since March, you should be in the clear.View Thread
I am going for RFA (Radio Frequency Ablation) in my cervical spine in the next week or two. They are going to first see if the nerves can be "numbed" or "stunned" by radio waves. They do a test first to see if this might work for me prior to the full procedure. I hope it at least turns off the sweating. I am staying at home lately it's over the top now, it just keeps pouring out. I just can't stand it.View Thread
Oh, mine lasts longer maybe 20 to 60 minutes. I could sit in front of an air conditioner and it would not stop the sweats. Oh it's bad. I have experimented with food thinking it could be related to rise or fall of blood sugar, no correlation there. Then my sister who just had fusion in the c-spine at one level was complaining about it and she said her orthopedic surgeon told her that this is related to the nerve damage from the herniated disc and lateral recess stenosis. So now I am trying to find out more information about this and I am coming up with a few articles on the internet but not many. I wonder if it is not as common or people aren't complaining about because they think it is something else. It is just horrible, sweat dripping everywhere. Just happened to me today grocery shopping, about 3/4 of the way through the store and just pouring off my head all this sweat. It really looked like someone threw water all over my head. It lasted about 1/2 hour and did not stop when I went outside the store in 60 degree weather. But my headaches have been getting much, much worse the current one is since the beginning of the month, I am just barely staying ahead of it with pain meds, barely. I have an appointment for next week but this is just for the initial workup because it's been a while since I was there. He is a good doctor and they schedule treatments pretty quickly after the workup. I hope the insurance company comes back with a quick enough approval on the Botox injections. It is a pre-approval thing. Anyway, it will stop most of the neck pain, head pain and probably this sweating thing. I will let you know what he says about it. I did look at some of the information online regarding the nerves responsible for it and the Botox should help with it.View Thread
Yeah, this is horrible you and I and oldwest. We are all taking different meds. I take oxycontin, hydrocodone, AMRIX (extended release Flexeril), Lyrica. It happens no matter what I take. The oxycontin, AMRIX and Lyrica are all maintenance doses the hydrocodone is PRN (as needed). It doesn't matter how much of the hydrocodone I am taking. It doesn't matter what the temp is. I sweat like a pig, have thinner hair so my head too just soaked. I am so embarrassed by this I don't go out anywhere. So now I am a home body. People around me are freezing and I am sweating, dripping all over the place. I have begun to experience more problems with my scalp. I get the feeling that something like a bug is crawling through my hair. I hate that, I am constantly finding something to scratch at my head (I hate spiders and to touch one in my scalp would totally freak me out) I have all manner of jumping and twitching in my scalp. There is never anything in my hair. This is really interesting to me. I am having terrific headaches now, they call them migraines, but they are not migraines. Hmm. Two years ago I was getting Botox injections in the neck muscles, I had dystonia. It got a little better, the headaches stopped so I didn't schedule anymore shots. I am going to call on Monday to have assessment by my Pain Management Spec. Probably time to keep a diary of the sweating, when it happens, the temp, what I'm doing, stressing or depressing. I'd like to hear from others about this symptom. I will let you know what he has to say about all this. He is quite good, young and actually trained in Pain Management, very conservative. I have had RFA (radio frequency ablation) done in my neck, 3 levels C3-4, C4-5, C5-6. They stick a small, tiny trocar type instrument into the area of the nerve and hit it with radio frequency under fluoroscopy (sp) (live xray machine). If it's close enough to the nerve it damages it and takes the nerve a long time to recover giving relief for the pain. This either works or doesn't, like epidurals. Wow, what we let them do to us to eliminate the pain. What? Stand on one foot in the middle of Walmart and hoot an holler? That will end my pain? OK! I just bet the Botox will stop the headaches and the sweating. I wish I could call right now and get an appointment. I will keep you updated.View Thread
Hi, I am new to this forum. I have "severe primary idiopathic generalized osteoarthrtis". This is a fairly new title to define a form of arthritis that is not wear and tear, that is genetic, involves bilateral joints. Let's say the only joints that don't have it right now are my hips. So we, my spine surgeon and I, have decided not to pursue c-spine surgery, he said he would probably have to fuse C2/3-C8 if he does go in. I have already had surgery, 3, on my lumbar spine. Still experiencing a lot of pain in the low back, surgeries not so much a success. So we are wait and see. I have worsening symptoms in my hands and I have been having the worse head sweating ever. I cannot control it and sweat just pours off my head, really uncomfortable and embarrassing and over the summer I don't go anywhere due to this condition. I have it in winter but obviously not quite to the extent that I have this in summer. I am 56 and on HRT since having total hysterectomy in the 1980's. So it's not that. I do take pain medications for my arthritis and fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel (2 surgeries on that-no good either. My knees are the latest dx. My sister, who just last week had fusion at C 6-7, also complains about this and she is the one who told me that her doc said it is from the nerve damage in the C-spine area. My question: Is this true, can C-spine OA cause this? What is the mechanism here? I have seen little about this in the journal articles I have read. Would appreciate discussion and any input into this problem.View Thread
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