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    FDA Warning: Epidural Steroid Injections
    instituteforbetterbonehealth posted:
    The Food and Drug Administration has just issued what's called a Medwatch Alert warning that Epidural Steroid Injections or "ESIs" for back and neck pain can be extremely dangerous. The alert says: "Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death."
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    finn2 responded:
    I've been turning down these shots since last fall, something just told me it wasn't the thing to do, plus the fact it was going to cost me over $200 for each shot and they often gave more than one (we have to pay 20%, insurance pays 80). Plus it wasn't guaranteed to end pain and could cause more in some rare instances. So glad I didn't do it. I was worried something would go wrong although they were assuring me that was extremely rare and everyone got these shots all the time.

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