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Cortisone Shot

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Dear Dr.

Donohue: I've been using a treadmill for a full year.

My right hip started to ache.

I stopped using the treadmill, but the ache persisted.

My family doctor believes I have hip bursitis and wants to give me a cortisone shot.

I have heard nothing but bad things about cortisone.

What do you think of it? -- L.H.Dr.

Donohue: The cortisone family of drugs is medicine's most potent anti-inflammatory agents.

One injection isn't going to give you any serious side effects.

Neither will two or three.The side effects you heard about are ones that come with long-term use of high doses.

Some illnesses require such prolonged treatment.

In those cases, the side effects have to be tolerated.Dear Dr.

Donohue: Is water water whether you get it through beer, the water tap or fruit juices? -- R.C.Dr.

Donohue: Water is water.

I believe your question is: Can you get your daily fluid requirements through liquids other than water? The answer is yes.Fruit juices, beer, pop, tea, coffee, milk and all other liquids have more than pure water in them.

So they are not the exact same as water.

However, water is their primary constituent.It's often said that caffeinated beverages or any drink that makes you urinate somewhat quickly is not a reliable fluid replacement.

Those beverages do add to the body's fluid volume.

A cup of coffee doesn't equal a cup of pure water, but it does add to the body's fluid reserves even if it makes you urinate.Dr.

Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible.

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