Has anyone had any experience with cortisone shots to hold off on having their hip replaced? Pros and Cons please.
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Yes, my Dr said PRP and Stem Cell was not that effective for the hip. I have had 2 cortisone injections and while it helped take the edge off, the pain us still there. I can't have the surgery now for 3 months after the cortisone so I hope the pain doesn't come back full force!
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my friend had stem cells for his hip the same time i had stem cells for my knee. Its been 4 years and he is doing fine.
I was asking about PRP and Stem Cells but since my OA is severe, with bone on bone, my Dr said it would not help much. I think if you catch it earlier it would be of some benefit.
JK - Long term or repeated use of oral steroids (like my daughter has used for years for intractable asthma, or my friend used for RA) is one of the culprits in osteoporosis, even though the daily dose is relatively low. I learned it years ago, and have never been willing to stay on prednisone except during acute asthma or bronchitis because we have a 4 generation history of significant osteoporosis. My daughter is being switched from prednisone to a biologic for her asthma. So far, in spite of everything, my bone density looks quite good, but hers is beginning to show early osteopenia at only age 40.
Unfortunately, @sueinmn I have no choice, it's part of my immunotherapy. They are trying me on a half dose -- 2.5mg -- so hopefully that will help. They follow my lab numbers very scrupulously so I trust that what they recommend is what is best for me, post-transplant.
Yes, there are times we have to weigh risk/benefit. I was in the same situation with NSAIDs and arthritis until my body said "STOP!" Now we're working hard to find a balance with another med that doesn't make tremors unbearable...
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