The following patients should not have this injection: if you are allergic to any of the medications to be injected, if you are on a blood-thinning medication (. Coumadin, injectable Heparin), or if you have an active infection going on. With blood thinners like Coumadin, your doctor may advise you to stop this for 4-7 days beforehand or take “bridge therapy” with Lovenox prior to the procedures. Anti-platelet drugs like Plavix may have to be stopped for 5-10 days prior to the procedure. Aspirin should be stopped for cervical procedures for 10 days prior, but not for Lumbar.
The second major complication is a steroid related rise in eye pressure, also known as being a "steroid responder". This usually requires at least 2 weeks of continuous steroid use, and is reversible if the steroid is discontinued. The rise in pressure can be very high but if often asymptomatic. It may be more common in people already being treated for glaucoma. If a person has glaucoma or has a history of steroid related eye pressure problems, they should consult with an ophthalmologist for monitoring of eye pressure if steroid treatment is being contemplated.
Thank you for your comment. I read back through my article and made some corrections. Noteably I had been saying milligrams instead of grams. I would get an attack with 20 grams of fat, not mg's of fat. And, I was taking about 2 tablespoons of vinegar a day for the first month, not 1 tablespoon. Now, I only drink a tablespoon maybe twice a week.
My mother's gallstone attacks disappeared but then returned after not taking her treatment for two years. I think she has now improved. As I recall her improvement was also in just a few weeks with what she was taking.
For me, I have not had another attack in over a year even though I am no longer limiting fat intake.