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Type 2 needing input on pros and cons of steroid injection.
adaptomom posted:
Good Morning,
I have type 2 diabetes which is, according to my doctors, under "tight control" (fasting 88-97, A1C 6,0) and have developed a very painful case of tennis elbow. After nearly two months of passive physical therapy with very little improvement I had an MRI yesterday and will get the results tomorrow. If nothing is torn, I am considering a steroid injection. I have read mixed opinions on this. Some say it raises blood sugar temporarily and others say it can cause diabetes in non-diabetics! Has anyone out there with type 2 had to have a steroid injection and if so, what has your experience been as far as blood glucose levels? I am tired of this debilitating pain, and anti-inflammatories have provided no relief, but I want to make an informed decision about the steroid shot. Thanks!
Phototaker123 responded:
A one time shot will help with the inflammation that also causes painful problems in your body. Yes, it "will" make your blood sugar levels go up for some hours the day you have the shot, but it will go down again. I had to have two, one in each shoulder when I had frozen shoulders. This was a year apart. It really does help, but do not have more than two in one area. I was told this by the doctor giving the shot. Did a doctor recommend the shot? I have no idea about it causing more problems down the road. It did help me get out of agonizing pain and on the road to recovery.
Hope you're out of pain, soon.
adaptomom replied to Phototaker123's response:
Thanks, Phototaker. I don't want the solution to one health problem to exacerbate another. Sounds like it would be worth the temporary elevation of blood glucose levels.

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