Steroid shots for back pain don't work

I just lost my 8 year old chihuahua mix. He had no symptoms until a few weeks ago. We were still running tests. Blood work ok, fungal test negative, but very cloudy X-ray. Tracheal wash was inconclusive but mast cells and blood present. Ultrasound showed mass near kidney. His breathing had become a little heavier after exertion. We were scheduling for a ct and had given him a few small dose steroid shots over the past week, one every 3 days to help with appetite because he had quit eating. Two days before he died, his breathing had become a little heavier (never open mouthed though). The Dr had said even if ct confirmed cancer, he probably wouldnt be a candidate for chemo since it had probably spread to the lungs. I decided to go ahead and begin high dose steroids for cancer treatment in the hope of having some quality time with him. After 24 hrs on them, his breathing was more labored and I don’t know if it was from the illness or if the steroids could have caused it. Dr wanted to wait 24 more hrs to see if improvement so I had appt scheduled 48 hrs after starting the high dose steroids. That morning, he barked a few seconds at the door, then coughed a small drop of blood. I grabbed him to head toward the vet and within minutes he began to bleed from his nose and mouth. He died in my arms on the way. He seemed fine and 30 minutes later he was gone. I don’t know if it was his illness (cancer?) that caused this or if the steroids could have done something. I’ve heard of stomach ulcers and blood clots being side effects. Is there any way within 48 hrs of being on them, he could have that type of complication from the drugs? I am heartbroken and in shock. I had little time to process he was sick before he was gone. I am so worried my choosing to go the high steroid route may have caused his death and it was not a peaceful one so I am haunted by it.

Riddle me this? How do two doctors send a diabetic home with steriods for an undisclosed condtion? And never did they mention and changes I might need to be aware of, being a diabetic. Not to menation, the fact that they couldn’t figure out or even consider psorisis now that I have learned more about it, it’s pretty common. I’m not a doctor and I wasn’t aware of this disease. What I have become aware of, is if you catch it early you can take steps to minimize the breakout hence pain. I’m considering taking further action.

While there is much more work to do on this issue, this study confirms what is observable in the field insofar as the natural history of persons with back pain, who have been recipients of steroidal injections, and whose vetebral structures deteriorate over time. We already know that
the increase in the use of steoridal injections is well correlated with the increase in back surgeries, with or without appliances. We applaud these physicians for their investigative work and caution that much more epidemiologic work remains to confirm these findings and elucidate these results.

I had fungal meningitis and was admitted to the hospital. When I was released, I ended up having a stroke and developed a brain aneurysm. I was readmitted, and I was there for almost another two months... I got very sick. I was vomiting all the time, had horrible headaches every day. I lost a good 30 pounds; I went down to 100 pounds... I missed about a year of work. And it was discovered later that I'd developed an abscess in my spinal cord. I had to have that surgically removed. But they could not get all of the abscess out, because they said if they would have sliced any deeper, they could have paralyzed me or I could have lost bowel or bladder function.

Steroid shots for back pain don't work

steroid shots for back pain don't work

I had fungal meningitis and was admitted to the hospital. When I was released, I ended up having a stroke and developed a brain aneurysm. I was readmitted, and I was there for almost another two months. ... I got very sick. I was vomiting all the time, had horrible headaches every day. I lost a good 30 pounds; I went down to 100 pounds. ... I missed about a year of work. And it was discovered later that I'd developed an abscess in my spinal cord. I had to have that surgically removed. But they could not get all of the abscess out, because they said if they would have sliced any deeper, they could have paralyzed me or I could have lost bowel or bladder function.

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