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Has Anyone Ever Had A Steroid Injection For Another Illness, Ended Up Either Same Day Or Sometime After And Due To Steroid Had Seizure?
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I went last year end of November, received steroid injection for asthma attack. 2 days later started off by vomiting and had seizure that lasted 6 hours with vomiting at least for 3 hours. Doctors in ER claim it was triggered by the steroid injection 2 days earlier yet my neurological wasn't convinced it was.

posted February 10, 2017
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Yesterday I went to an orthopedic doctor for arthritis in my hands. She recommended steroid injections. I had never seen this doctor before so I immediately told her that I am epileptic and asked her if steroids were safe. She assured me they were (though I'm sure I'd read or heard something to the contrary somewhere) and she administered the injections then left the room. Thank goodness my daughter was with me. Moments after the doctor left I told my daughter that I didn't feel right. Then I seized. I came to maybe five minutes later then vomited and couldn't get up off the floor. Some while later, my daughter says about an hour, they called for an ambulance and I spent about the next six hours running tests and throwing up. It's nearly nine pm the following evening and only now is my head clear enough to write this. The headache I've had all day has been horrible; now it's manageable and I can tolerate the dim light of the screen. I'm angry. I'm angry because I told the doctor that I had epilepsy. And when she went to get the injections I said to my daughter that I always mention it because I'm terrified of seizures. So is this a thing? I only found out about a year ago that I have epilepsy. It's all pretty new. Did the steroid injection cause me to seize?

posted August 2, 2022 (edited)
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people if you taking medicine don't drink alchohol

posted February 16, 2017
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Hi all. First post here. Came across this thread via google. I know this thread is old, and I don't know if anyone will ever read this, but I too have been wondering if steroid injections can cause seizures. My interest is as follows: 5 years ago I had a cortisone injection in my shoulder. 2 days later I had a short lived visual disturbance. Never had anything like it before. 2 days later I had the same happen. Got it checked out, including brain MRI, which showed nothing odd. The cortisone wasn't considered a factor by any of my Drs (btw, I'm in Melbourne, Australia and just turned 50). Recently, only 3 weeks ago, I had my second ever cortisone injection in my shoulder. 9 days after that, I had the same kind of visual disturbance as before, only this time I then had my first ever known seizure - no memory of 1.5 hours of the afternoon, cracked my head on the concrete floor, woke up in a pool of blood. In the intervening 5 years, no other visual disturbance. Recent brain MRI and CT have again shown nothing unusual. I'm awaiting EEG results and a specialist neurologist consultation, but it seems extraordinarily coincidental that I've only ever had this visual disturbance shortly after cortizone, and once ending with a fairly (to me at least) dramatic finish. I'd love it if anyone can point me to any papers/research/experiences that may confirm this observation and possible cause - as I'm sure you'd appreciate, this is an unsettling time.

posted December 23, 2020
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My doctor told me it is ok to drink in moderation i have a drink either friday sat sunday depending on which night im meeting up with freinds foes anynody else do this

posted March 10, 2017
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I only started getting seizures after I got a steroid shot for back pain. They started out fairly mild and eventually got so bad I was forced to go to the ER almost every other day. Finally found a decent neurologist who diagnosed me with epilepsy. I'm so grateful to have found medication that works! If I could do things over I'd never get a steroid shot. I believe that steroid shots can cause seizures.

posted October 4, 2022

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