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."
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.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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