The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are conducting a multi-state investigation into fungal meningitis among patients who got an epidural steroid injection, as most of us are aware from recent considerable press coverage. Several of these patients also had strokes, which were thought to be caused by the illness. There had been 24 deaths as of mid-October.
You run the risk of problems whenever you get an injection. Steroids for sale injections might lead to further risks, including infection. “Are there any alternatives to these injections?” is the true question.
I twisted my knee getting out of my flight seat a few months ago. I started utilizing my PEMF therapy as soon as I arrived home because it was instantly uncomfortable. I even walked 3 miles every day, like I typically do, while wearing a SomaPulse under my knee brace. Still, any pressure on my knee caused difficulty, so I got an MRI, which indicated a minor ACL strain and a partially damaged lateral meniscus.
I saw a well-known orthopedic surgeon, who advised me not to engage in any vigorous activities. For my knee, he offered me a steroid injection. I rejected, stating that I would rather continue with my PEMF therapy. He glared at my choice, as one might imagine.
Despite this, I skipped the shot and continued to utilize my PEMF for the next month, with my knee feeling almost normal. Obviously, my ACL and meniscus have not fully healed, but I did not receive or require the injection to alleviate the pain.
Why did I decline the steroid shot? Because, as a doctor, I should have known better. Throughout my career, I, like most other doctors, have administered steroid injections. However, it has always concerned me that the risks almost always outweighed the advantages. These were the only options accessible to me at the time. This is one of the reasons I started looking for different pain-relieving options and eventually came upon PEMFs.
These injections, as far as I’m aware, do not cure anything. They do, in fact, pose hazards, the most serious of which being the potential of infection. Steroid injections into tissues ALWAYS thin out the tissues into which they are administered (let me repeat that-ALWAYS). That is why most doctors will inform you that you can only get one or two steroid injections in the same region at a time.
A steroid injection into a ligament increases the chances of it rupturing. You will almost always get a small pock mark if you inject them into the skin. These are injections that are both anti-inflammatory and tissue-destructive. Yes, they reduce inflammation and provide relief, but only for a short time.
Why do doctors continue to use them, knowing this? Because they have no other options – and because they purchased the steroids and have them in their refrigerators, they at the very least need to get their money back, as they will expire if not used promptly.
Alternatives to steroids exist, and they are all safe, noninvasive, and non-toxic. Furthermore, when possible, they aid in the repair of the underlying tissue. When this isn’t achievable, even steroids are ineffective. PEMFs almost always help with the underlying problem in some way. More importantly, once you’ve received your diagnosis and a treatment plan, you won’t need to see a doctor for this therapy. PEMF treatments can be performed at home, at your leisure, and with virtually little danger. Other members of the household may also benefit.
Steroids can be beneficial at times. There are a number of serious illnesses and disorders for which steroids are beneficial. Steroids should be seriously examined in these situations. These include severe poison ivy rashes, severe sepsis infections, severe asthma, severe rheumatoid arthritis flares, and other autoimmune disorders that can be crippling or life-threatening. Orthopedic steroid injections, whether epidural or into joints or ligaments, are rarely medically essential.
Steroid injections can be given directly into the skin or muscle, ligaments or tendons, joints, including the spine, or the area above major nerves, including the spinal cord. The epidural space is where the meningitis-causing injections were administered. Chronic back pain is routinely treated with epidural injections. They may or may not work, and they are extremely inconvenient. They obviously provide a risk of infection in the neurological system, as well as other consequences such as hemorrhage and paralysis.
So, based on my medical experience, I will always try to treat pain in a noninvasive, non-toxic, and safe manner before resorting to injections. In addition, one of my goals is for you to be able to complete your own treatments at your leisure, with the added anticipation that we will be able to help cure the underlying tissue and cause of your pain.
Tissues, obviously, require time to repair. A medicine, operation, or surgery is anything that provides rapid relief for a chronic problem. These methods typically do not work for long periods of time or have drawbacks. Complications are frequently unpredictable and can be severe and irreversible. This is why I always attempt to start with a more cautious approach, such as PEMFs.
PEMFs have also been discovered to effectively reduce inflammation. Perhaps they don’t do it as spectacularly or soon as we would like, and this is the allure of steroid injections. Within a week, you should be able to tell if the steroid injection is effective. Even yet, if the underlying problem is not addressed, the advantages will be short-lived. PEMFs also have the ability to reduce swelling, enhance circulation, and promote tissue healing. They also have the added benefit of being able to alleviate pain directly, a property known as anti-nociception. In fact, they have been proven to be equivalent to around 10 mg of morphine in animals and humans without the use of morphine.
The majority of clinicians are unaware of these pain-management options. Even if they did, doctors rarely modify their practices unless they are compelled to. Occasionally, a shift occurs as a result of clinicians making mistakes or encountering obstacles, necessitating the learning of new techniques. The cost of operations might sometimes force doctors to take certain approaches. Change can occur simply because everyone else is doing something different, and doctors don’t want to be the odd man out. At the end of the day, doctors are creatures of habit. And, as we all know, habits are difficult to break.
As you can see, the justification for why some treatment techniques are recommended may have little to do with the best interests of the patient or the most effective solution to the problem. PEMFs are a very rational, safe approach to chronic pain management, with the potential to provide a significant solution to the problem, reducing pain in a large percentage of cases with no complications and possibly healing the underlying cause of the pain, all for a relatively low cost and great convenience.