- Severe pain or headache
- Fever or chills
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Progressive weakness
- Redness or swelling around the injection site
Thomas L. Whitten, MD
Specialty: Pain Medicine
- pain medicine
- pain medicine
Location and Office HoursWestmoreland Pain Management Center
4893 Rte 30 E Ste 8
Greensburg, PA 15601
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What side effects should be reported to my doctor after a spinal injection?
North American Spine Society (NASS) answeredIt is possible that serious side effects may occur following a spinal injection procedure. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room if you experience any of the following:
How can I use my breathing to relieve pain?
Your very next breath might bring relief from what ails you.
Just take that breath more slowly. Seems the deep, slow breathing used in Zen meditation and other mindfulness pursuits may help diminish aches and pains -- and lift your spirits to boot!
When healthy women in a recent study were exposed to a heat source that was mildly to moderately painful, they reported feeling way less discomfort when they took slow breaths (about half their usual breathing rate) compared with when they breathed normally. They felt not only less discomfort but less stress, too. Researchers think the slow breathing somehow triggers the parasympathetic nervous system to induce calm and counter the painful feelings produced by the sympathetic nervous system.
A second group of women in the study with fibromyalgia did not appear to benefit from the slower breathing technique -- possibly due to feelings of depression that characterize the condition along with chronic pain. But the researchers think deep breathing might help that group as well if it's combined with counseling and treatment for depression.
What body parts should be looked at when treating shoulder pain?
Rick Olderman, Physical Therapy, answeredThere are three players we will be highlighting to guide you through fixing your shoulder pain. The first is the shoulder blade (scapula). The scapula's function is to support the arm when it moves. The second player is the upper arm bone (humerus), which is affected by how much support it receives from the scapula as well as a few key muscles. The third player is the forearm whose function is largely determined by the upper arm bone as well as a couple key muscles. As you can guess, forearm movement is therefore significantly affected by the shoulder blade.
Find out more about this book:Fixing You: Shoulder & Elbow Pain: Self-treatment for rotator cuff strain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and other diagnoses.
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