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Old 06-18-2012, 06:15 PM
Location: In my skin
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A friend of mine has been feeling ill for the last couple of days. I took her to the doc today. She was already on antibiotics for an abscessed tooth but she started feeling bad. The doc gave her two shots, one antibiotic and one steroid.

We walked to the car, joking about her being sore, everything seemed fine. But, when we got in the car, she suddenly stopped laughing and went completely pale. She broke out in a sweat and complained of pressure in her head and nausea. She was shaking and said her hands felt tingly. I wanted to take her back inside but she clearly couldn't walk and told me to just wait for a bit so she could get to where she felt like walking. After a few minutes, she started feeling a little better. She said she just wanted to go home, she'd had these episodes before but they were always the result of a surgery or a painful procedure (vaso-vagal reaction). She is still pale and doesn't want to eat and says she drained. I think she should go to the ER or, at the very least, back to the doc tomorrow. I'm staying with her tonight.

She has never had a steroid shot before. Has anyone here ever had an adverse reaction like this to a steroid shot? Any insight from anyone with medical knowledge or experience in this sort of thing?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:28 PM
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I've never had that type of reaction from a steroid shot.

I have had bad reactions to antibiotics though, though my symptoms were a rash, and all my lymph nodes became inflamed.

I would at least get her temperature and blood pressure, and then call the doctor with her symptoms.

I have NO medical background - just have had a lot of medical problems and procedures.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:56 AM
Location: In my skin
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For anyone that is interested, I spoke to a friend of mine last night who is an RN. She said it could very well have been the steroid shot. These shots hyperdrive glucose and blow potassium and sodium to compensate. The spike in glucose will also raise blood pressure, which explains the pressure in her head. If she was already feeling ill, it is possible her potassium (and electrolytes) were already low and the shot just made it worse.
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