Safer injecting for steroid users

You will be taken back to the recovery area and subsequently the ward where basic observations will be taken. You will be allowed to eat and drink something, and when you are feeling better you can go home. It is not unusual to experience feelings of ear fullness, tinnitus or even dizziness after the procedure, although these should settle quickly. Slightly hold the skin around (don’t pinch too hard) so that the skin is away from the muscle beneath – ensuring a subcutaneous injection.

However, injections are most often used to provide a window of opportunity to engage in exercise and rehabilitation or whilst finding a more suitable program of treatment. Once your pain is better controlled, the need for injection should be reduced. Normally an ultrasound scan is used to find out more about where the inflammation is and also to deliver the injection more precisely. For safety reasons your clinician may delay your injection if you have unstable blood pressure or unstable blood sugars due to diabetes to get consent from your GP.


In some situations, you may need an image guided steroid injection to help ensure the steroid is injected into a precise spot and have maximum benefit. Many injections can be given without the need for ultrasound. Anabolic steroids are manufactured drugs that copy the effects of the male hormone testosterone. They have limited medical uses and are not the same as corticosteroids, a different type of steroid drug that’s more commonly prescribed.

Using a device called a spacer with your medication can help to prevent many of the other problems. They’re a man-made version of hormones, normally produced by the adrenal glands (2 small glands that sit on top of the kidneys). Users tend to exercise more when they’re taking high doses to make the most of their improved performance during this time.

Unisharp: Green 21G 38mm (1½ inch) needle

If your joint becomes more painful and hot you should see your doctor immediately, especially if you feel unwell. Occasionally people notice a flare-up in their joint pain within the first 24 hours after an injection. This usually settles by itself within a couple of days, but taking simple painkillers like paracetamol will help.

A cervical nerve root block / transforaminal epidural steroid injection may be used to relieve your pain, reduce swelling, or improve mobility. Steroid medication, with or without local anaesthetic, is injected directly into the place the pain comes from. Depending on the medicine injected, you may feel pain relief right away, or it may take a few days or more to take effect. Pain relief may be temporary (lasting several weeks or months) or could be longer lasting.

Injection Information

In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information. Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

Which is best – intramuscular or subcutaneous testosterone injections?

They may get paranoid, or may experience dramatic mood swings; and even violence can occur alongside strong feelings of aggression. If taken orally, steroids can show up in a urine test for up to 14 days. How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size and what other drugs you may have also taken. However, they can also sometimes cause unwanted changes in appearance like acne or shrunken testicles.

Thigh Your thigh is the next safest area to inject after your buttock. You need to inject into your outer thigh, half way between your knee and the top of your leg. If you imagine that your buttock is divided into four, you need to inject into the upper, outer quarter.

What are some of the side effects of steroid injections?

In these conditions, steroid injection can slow down the progression of the condition and is usually given in connection with other medication – either creams or tablets. It is very important to understand that steroid injections do not cure alopecia areata but they temporarily or permanently resolve a patch. The nature of alopecia is that it can come back in the same patch or in a new area at a later time, and having steroid injections does not appear to prevent that. For most people, steroid inhalers and steroid injections shouldn’t cause any bad side effects.

Sexual health.

This is true for Sustanon which has more irritating preservatives which make subcutaneous injections painful. Nebido is also too large an injection (4ml) to safely inject subcutaneously. More recent research into testosterone dosing has indicated that more frequent, smaller dosing results in less side effects and improved, steadier testosterone and oestrogen levels. Smaller injections are therefore warranted, and subcutaneous testosterone injections have become more common.