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Doctors Warn Not To Panic Over Meningitis Outbreak

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Doctors admit it's a scary headline: a common treatment for back pain, linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak. But before you stop steroid injections or avoid any type of steroids, they caution that the benefits may still out-weigh the risk.

The Spine Center of East Lansing has a sign saying they do not get their medication from the New England company at the center of it all. They say since the news, they've been getting at least 20 to 30 calls a day. People calling with questions, concerns, in
panic.

Dr. Ryan Topman says "every patient that I have seen since this has happened has at least asked about it."

But he keeps assuring them that the alarm in Michigan is focused just on those four clinics the injections were sent to, "epidermal injections and steroids are not dangerous across the board."

Dr. Topham says back pain is common, more than 60 percent of people experience it in their lives and they administer at least 10 to 20 shots a week.

"These injections are very safe. They're common. We do a lot of them and in some cases they're essential to their pain or issues and allow people to be more functional and get on with their lives."

It's an option thousands across the country turn to, one, now leaving many in fear.

Shelly Hickey, the clinical manager at the Spine Center says, "you can
call just to reassure your nerves, but there's not cause for panic."

The contaminated steroid was sent to four Michigan clinics. Those centers
are now notifying those at risk. They are in Brighton, Grand Blanc, Traverse City and Warren.

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