As most of us know from recent extensive news coverage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are coordinating a multi-state investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. Several of these patients also suffered strokes believed to have resulted from their infection. As of mid-October, 24 deaths had been reported.
Any time you have any kind of injection, you are at risk of complications. buy HGH hormones online UK injections create additional complications as well as the risk of infections. The real question is “Are there alternatives to these injections?”
Several months ago, I twisted my knee getting out of my seat on an airplane. It was immediately sore, and I started using my PEMF therapy as soon as I got home. I even walked every day – 3 miles, as I usually do, using a SomaPulse under a knee brace. Still, I had discomfort when I placed any pressure on my knee, so I went in for an MRI, which revealed a mild ACL strain and a slightly torn lateral meniscus.
I saw a well known orthopedic surgeon, who told me not to do anything strenuous. He offered me a steroid injection for my knee. I declined, saying I would continue with my PEMF therapy instead. As expected, he scowled at my choice.
Nevertheless, I left without the injection, and continued to use my PEMF for the next month, with my knee now feeling essentially normal. Obviously, my body has not yet repaired my ACL or meniscus, but I did not get or need the injection to relieve the pain.
Why did I refuse the steroid injection? Because as a doctor, I knew better. I have given steroid injections throughout my career, just as most other doctors do. But it always bothered me that the risks probably outweighed the benefits a large part of the time. At that time, these were the only options I had available. This is one of the reasons I began searching for other alternatives for pain management, and in the end, found PEMFs.