If you're having an injection to relieve pain, it may also contain local anaesthetic. This provides immediate pain relief that lasts a few hours. You should be able to go home soon after the injection. You may need to rest the treated body part for a few days. Epidural injections can also occasionally give you a very painful headache that's only relieved by lying down. This should get better on its own, but tell your specialist if you get it.
Side effects of injections given into the blood tend to be similar to side effects of steroid tablets , such as increased appetite, mood changes and difficulty sleeping. You can report any suspected side effect to a UK safety scheme. Steroid injections may not always be suitable in these cases, although the doctor may recommend them if they think the benefits outweigh any risks.
Steroids are a manmade version of hormones normally produced by the adrenal glands, 2 small glands found above the kidneys. When injected into a joint or muscle, steroids reduce redness and swelling inflammation in the nearby area. This can help relieve pain and stiffness. When injected into the blood, they can reduce inflammation throughout the body, as well as reduce the activity of the immune system, the body's natural defence against illness and infection.
This can help treat autoimmune conditions, such as multiple sclerosis MS , which are caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the body. Steroid injections are different from the anabolic steroids used illegally by some people to increase their muscle mass.
Please help with any advice you can give me I am willing to try anything. Many thanks Cassie xxx. Join this discussion or start a new one? We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters.
Hi, I have the same problems regarding prickly heat as you do! I have been taking antihistamines since March in the hope that this will alleviate my prickly heat. Unfortunately with the current heatwave I have developed prickly heat before venturing abroad this year. Whilst on holiday in Menorca I too had an injection. Within 18 hours my prickly heat had disappeared, mind you I did end up with raging diarrhoea for 12 hours however, this I was willing to put up with as it gave me complete relief for the rest of the holiday and the summer months.
My only problem now is that my GP is unwilling to give me the steroid injection as evidence has shown that it may cause cataracts and thinning of the skin. His "useful" comments were to stay out of the sun and don't put sun cream on!! With the concerns over skin cancer I think this is a pretty stupid comment to make especially as I am due to go abroad in two weeks time!
I don't suppose you know what the name of the steroid injection is do you as it was a few years ago that I had it! Contains personal information. Duplicate post. Offensive topic.