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Steroid injection for shoulder

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Sharon14448, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. Sharon14448

    Sharon14448 Type 2 · Active Member

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    I have been told that I have a touch of osteoporosis/ rheumatism in my shoulder and the solution they said was a steroid injection into the joint. I looked up steroid injection and it looks like it is not usually given to diabetics.

    Does any one have any views or advice on this subject? Thanks
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Sharon14448 . As a type 1 I've had maybe 4 or 5 steroid injections over the years of which 2 were in my shoulder ( rotator cuff injury).
    First thing to be aware of is that they can cause a rise in blood sugar levels, personally it was a negligible amount and lasted only a few days.
    Secondly as good as steroid injections can be they don't always provide the results you may expect. As I say I think I've had 5 injections in total ( 2 shoulder 3 elbow ) of which one really helped and one provided short term relief. The others had little or no affect.
    Hope this helps and you eventually find some pain relief.
    Maybe a physiotherapist or massage specialist.
     
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    sams740 · Newbie

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    First time i hear this message. Steroid injection for shoulder. But if any side effects in this medicine. Can anyone explain it.?? Please.:nailbiting::spitoutdummy::spitoutdummy:
     
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  4. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Sharon, I'm type 2 and have had a steroid injection to fix a "locked" trigger finger. It did the job, and I had no other apparent side effects other than the rise in glucose levels for several days that @therower has mentioned.

    Robbity
     
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    13lizanne Type 2 · Expert

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    I'm tagging @Liam1955 for you Sharon as he has experience of steroid injections too
     
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    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    Hi @Sharon14448 :) - I am Type 2 and over the last couple of years have had a total of 8 Steriod Injections (and courses of Steriod Tablets) for different conditions - 6 of the Injections never worked except to raise my Blood Sugars.
    The most recent Injections were only last week to treat 2 'locked' Trigger Fingers. I was uncertain at first in thinking they would work (because of past history with Steroids) but, after a day or two of having my fingers straightened (unlocked) the pain subsided and both my fingers are back to functioning as normal. :)
    However, because of the rise of my Blood Sugars (still) I had to increase my daily Insulin and hopefully I can reduce it in the next couple of days as my Blood Sugars come down?

    Thanks @13lizanne :)
     
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  7. Sharon14448

    Sharon14448 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thanks everyone for your comments. Something to ponder over!!
     
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    starlight-walker Prediabetes · Member

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    I have facet joint injections in my back which contain steroids and there is minimal rise in BG for a few days but all within normal limits. hope this helps
     
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  9. Glucobabu

    Glucobabu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I had a steroid injection for frozen shoulder. I had asked my GP about any possible side effects at the time of injection and he said " nothing significant". The injection did help a little but my BG was pretty high for about 10 days. It was only through 'Google' that I discovered the link. When I mentioned this to my GP at a later date he said this would happen to a very small number of patients! Knowing me stop be a type 1, surely he should have mentioned this!
     
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    Glucobabu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry about the typo 'stop' in the last sentence! It was obviously meant to be 'to'.
     
  11. SugarDaddy91

    SugarDaddy91 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Steroids of the catabolic kind bind to cells and reduce the amount of inflammatory substances they release. Not to be confused with anabolic steroids that build up muscles, catabolic steroids like the one they inject to reduce inflammation actually breaks down muscle and other tissues to some degree. These processes release glucose and can raise blood sugar.
    As it breaks down certain tissues, some weakness can come from it. Injections in adipose tissue (fatty tissue) has been known to make an indentation from the breaking down of fat deposits. You should not worry. Steroid injections are quite standard procedures for most GPs and have little side-effects. My father made a miraculous recovery from capsulitis by using the steroids.
     
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    amazinmo Type 2 · Member

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    I have had several kerocaine injections into my spine and they didn't raise my levels at all. I am type 2.
     
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    Goldielocks Type 2 · Newbie

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    I'm a Type 2 diabetic, previously treated with insulin and have had 3 steroid injections in my shoulder. Didn't notice any difference in blood glucose levels or anything else. First injection worked a treat. Second worked for about 2 weeks and third didn't do a thing. Hope it works for you.
     
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    Sharon14448 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thanks

     
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