I had three injections all of which worked for a few days to two weeks then stopped. The excruciating pain returned and only Vicoden 5 mg 3-4 times a day controlled the pain. Vicoden at that dose is the lowest dose prescribed. it worked perfectly for several years and doctors refused to prescribed opioids for fear of losing their license. My sister recently died of throat cancer and she complained constantly of pain. She died with unrelieved pain. As a cancer patient she was prescribed Morphine 2 mg. every 6 hours. That is beyond ridiculous but keeps our doctor’s license safe. Our doctors are violating their Hippocratic oath – Do No Harm. They had added a caveat “except when the government is breathing down your neck. Then the patient be damned. I am glad this helped you Randy. I don’t know your clinical status but I am sure it differs from mine. Do you have severe and crippling arthritis?
A 34-year-old man presented with a progressively enlarging lesion on his left calf. He reported that about 3 months prior he had developed a small ulceration at this location following a fall. With local wound care, the ulceration healed with a scar. The scar, however, continued to grow beyond the borders of the previous ulceration and became raised with violaceous discoloration. The patient denied any history of excessive scarring or keloid formation after skin surgeries or trauma. There were no personal or family histories of granulomatous diseases. Results of a physical examination showed an erythematous-to-dusky plaque measuring approximately 4X3 cm (Figure 1) on the left calf with well-defined irregular borders and discrete papules on the internal aspect of the knee. No tender nodules on the shins were noticed, and no lymphadenopathy was present. Results from a review of systems and a routine chest x-ray were unremarkable. Results of a punch biopsy revealed changes consistent with sarcoid naked granulomas (Figure 2). The patient was started on topical potent corticosteroid tapes and experienced marked improvement.
What is cortisone?
It is a hormone produced by a small gland on top of the kidney called the adrenal gland. It is essential to the proper functioning of your body, particularly when under stress. Its absence is known as Addison's Disease, which without treatment is fatal. Cortisone is a normal body product therefore; there are no allergic reactions. In cases of people with severe allergies, it is one of our most effective treatment tools. Cortisone by itself is rarely used today as it is relatively short acting and of low potency. Semi-artificial cortisone derivatives, such as DepoMedrol, Celestone, Kenalog, and a number of others, are used with increased benefits and fewer side effects.