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The steroid injections seemed to work for a couple weeks...then stopped and the pain is back. It doesn't seem to be AS bad as it was, so Dr E is doing another round. He says the fact that the pain stopped ("moved") is a good sign.
We did 3-6 injections per week for 3 weeks, then waited a month, that was the checkup today. He's doing another round, 4 times, then 3 weeks to check-up. He's also got her back on the Protopic this time, again twice a day.
She says the injections hurt pretty badly, but weren't unbearable... until today's. The 3rd shot on her left side, the "less bad" side, actually had her in tears from the pain - real shaking sobs. :( It was awful to watch, she pretty much ramped up from mild discomfort to sobbing and crying out in the space of three seconds, and this is a girl that NEVER cries from pain. She also bled a lot more, and left a large swipe of red on the exam table. So I bought her breakfast, what else can a guy do?
Next update ETA mid April... thanks as always for any support/virtual hugs/suggestions/anything... thanks just for reading.