Isaiah 43:2 - When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
In previous posts, I’ve written about various treatment options for those experiencing chronic pain:
Each one of these choices has both benefits and side effects. It’s important that you discuss this with your doctor.
There are other options available, in addition to the ones that I’ve mentioned above and they are cortisone injections and epidural nerve blocks both of which I have undergone with good results.
Let’s take a look at the first one, cortisone injections.
Cortisone injections are made up of:
They are usually injected into various joints in the body such as the:
It's important to look at both the pros and cons before undergoing a procedure. Find some of them from arthritis-health.com in their article, “Cortisone Injection Risks and Side Effects.”
Now let’s take a look at epidural nerve blocks.
Epidural nerve blocks are commonly used to numb a pregnant woman’s body from the waist down. This is used to alleviate pain during the final stages of labor. However, the blocks can also be used to treat pain.
The blocks are made up of numbing medication and in some cases corticosteroid medication or narcotic pain medication. It can be given as an injection into the neck, back or legs. Here are pros and cons for the block according to backpainhc.com's article, “Epidural for Back Pain – Is it Good or Bad?”
As I mentioned above, discuss with your doctor the pros and cons of both the steroid injection and the nerve block. Then you and your physician can decide which procedure to undergo, and he can review the expectations for the procedure.
Though you may pass through the fire of fear before undergoing an injection, remember that God will walk through the fire with you and cause the flames not to set you ablaze.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.