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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
does anyone know if it is safe to get a cortisone epidural injection is you have chrons. I have been in remission for one year, and want to make sure it is safe and will not send me into a flare. I have spinal stenosis and need to get some relief from the pain.  The injection is a very stron antinflamtory, and I know that we need to stay away from them.The safest thing would be to call my GI dr. but the thought just came to me tonight.
Thanks for your help.
42 yr old female diagnosed in January of 07, asfter being sick for a while.  pentasa 500mg 4 times a day. probiotics,
prednisone (evil) 50 mg a day. Imuran 20 mg a day.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/2/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had an epidural injection last Wednesday along with steriods for the pain in my lower back.  I'm having such a flare-up and have been for the past month and the injections didn't affect that at all.  The injections helped my back, but it took a few days.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 10/9/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had an epidural too. It had no effect on the Crohn's. It is after all cortisone. When injected into a specific place, it doesn't move far from that point. It pretty much stays where it's put. That is why they inject it. It doesn't have tot ravel through the body. Being cortisone, even if it did travel through the body it would only help the Crohn's. So, no worries!
150mg Azathioprine, Lomotil, Iron, Nexium 2/day, Fentanyl patch, Oxycodone, Baclofin
Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
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