Corticosteroid Injections – Carpal Tunnel Treatment Reviewed by Doctors
There are numerous potential side effects associated with these natural steroids including: hyperglycemia , insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, cataract, anxiety, depression, arthritis, joint deterioration, mood swings, irritability, colitis, hypertension, ictus, erectile dysfunction, hypogonasim, hypothyroidism, amenorrhoea, retinopathy, steroid psychosis, etc.
Corticosteroids have been associated with a few birth defects per 1000 pregnant women treated with them, so they should not be used during pregnancy.
This said, in an emergency situation where severe Carpal Tunnel Pain is causing intense stress with which the patient is having trouble coping, then it would be appropriate to seek a Corticosteroid Injection for short term relief from the symptoms of this uncomfortable syndrome.
Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents and are effective in reducing pain due to inflammation. Patients report differing responses to these steroid injections. The steroid is injected in the Carpal Tunnel area on the palm side at the base of the hand. The success rate is around 50% to 60% of the patient population suffering with Carpal Tunnel. Usually the symptoms will go into remission for two to three months when the injections are effective.
Some people report severe pain from the injection and say they would never allow it to be performed again. Others say there is no more pain than any other injection they have received, such as an ordinary immunization. Some get no relief at all from the injection. Some get complete relief from the syndrome for up to six months after the shot. Once again people have differing response to this intense therapeutic action as they do with most Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments.
Medical text books suggest that a person should not have more than two Corticosteroids in any one joint over a lifetime. So, at best, for a chronic syndrome like Carpal Tunnel, steroid injections represent a temporary emergency treatment for people who are suffering intense discomfort and cannot cope with the situation any longer.
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