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Took steroid injection in lower spine. Taking aggrenox. Have anxiety, depression, high BP

My 88 y/o mother had a steroid injection in lower spine due to back pain on 9/24. They stopped her Aggrenox for 7 days prior to the shot and restarted it the day after the injection. She has been experiencing anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, difficulty finding the right words at times, memory lapses over the past week.
She tends to be a worrier and ask a lot of questions to begin with, so staff at assisted living (and her doctor) think she is just fixating on health. I was concerned about TIA or looming stroke. My sister found reference somewhere about these symptoms from cortizone injections. Is that possible?
Mon, 4 Nov 2013
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Hello,
Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query.
I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through.
Yes, this could be a feature of stroke and she should be considered for CT scan. The other possibility is anxiety disorder. Patients do get anxious before any procedure and behave this way. Nothing to worry in that case as symptoms will settle down on its own. But still considering the age go ahead with the CT scan.
Hope I am able to answer your concerns.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link:
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Wish you good health,
Kind regards
Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.
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Took steroid injection in lower spine. Taking aggrenox. Have anxiety, depression, high BP

Hello, Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query. I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through. Yes, this could be a feature of stroke and she should be considered for CT scan. The other possibility is anxiety disorder. Patients do get anxious before any procedure and behave this way. Nothing to worry in that case as symptoms will settle down on its own. But still considering the age go ahead with the CT scan. Hope I am able to answer your concerns. If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you. In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link: bit.ly/dr-srikanth-reddy Wish you good health, Kind regards Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.