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When you say "shot" I take it to mean a hit or trauma, and not an injection?
If you had an injection, I'm not sure why that was given there.
If you have been on prednisone for over 10 years, you will have a difficult time getting off of it.
You are on two narcotics for this pain, which is a fair amount.
It sounds as if you have trigeminal neuralgia, and the shot was given into the ganglion to relieve it?
I am not clear on the diagnosis.
TGN is difficult to treat if that is what you have.
Nerve blocks can be tried, and are often successful.
Steroids are used as well, so I believe that must be the diagnosis even though it was not listed.
I'm not sure why you would want to do a taper of the medication if you're not improving.
You need a neurologist to assess your options.
Meds that are used now include pregabalin and gabapentin.
These often succeed where narcotics fail.
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I don't believe I can give you any more guideance without
1. a diagnosis for why you're on these three medications
2. where the injection was
3. why you desire a steroid taper
(I know why most people want to taper them, but not why YOU want to taper it).
Any other information you can supply will be helpful to me.
Write back when you can. I'll be here for another 3 hours.
Hope to hear back.
I had a headache, given a injection to occipital area. Needle hit bone, DX occipital neuralgia. Did not improve.
ANother Dr. prescribed muscle relaxers and a prdenisone taper to break the headache tight neck cycle this is temporary as I take Prednisone 6.5 for 11 years
originally for vasculiitis and now am adrenal insufficient.
My question was Will the Steroids at a higher dose
help break up this headache left side aching.
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