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Readers Respond: Did You Know About Possible Side-Effects of Cortisone?

Responses: 351


Updated January 13, 2010

A life saver for me.

I have had terible pain in my schoulders, both, for years. Have had P.T. with no releif. Could not sleep on my side, would spazm. No work, no working out. Was beginning to think I would suffer from now on. Had my first set of shot 20 months ago and now every 6 months. I am now a different man. All activaties now are great. The Dr. is very clean and careful. Skin frozen first and immediate relief. I looked on line for info on cortisone ( As most smart people would) and asked the right questions ( as most smart people do). Never do a treatment uninformed. Thats just dumb. I am now on my 3rd set of injections. I am hoping they will continue this for me as the treatment for me is just amazing.
—Guest Steven

knee pain cortisone shot

I knew about side effects of the shot. I have had some previously with no side effects. This time I had one for each knee at the same time. The next day I felt like my face & arms were sunburned. Probably due to double the shots. BUT, I would definately get another shot (one at a time, tho). It's little to put up with considering the awful pain prior.
—Guest margie

Cortisone shot made pain worse next day

I had some moderate sudden shoulder pain and the doctor gave me a cortisone shot and the next morning the pain is 10 times worse! I even asked him if there were any side effects and he said basically no. I had heat on it but called the Drs. office and they said ice is better. It is already about 10% better.
—Guest art

Did not know about any side effects

Had a shoulder injection one week go. Apart from not being able to sleep for two nights, so far so good. No other side effects

Insulin Inhibiter

I am a very physically active 71 y/o extremely well controled insulin dependent diabetic of 40 yrs with 3 total hip replacements. My 16 y/o socket is now painful and revision being contemplated. My two Orthopaedists conferred and I accepted a hip cortisone injection. NO suggestion of any downside was suggested other than it might not be effective. Immediately thereafter, my blood glucose started started climbing and "normal corrective insulin quantities" had little to no effect! Despite best efforts with testing BG and insulin delivery every few hours, BG's stall in high 2 to 3 hundreds. My last two HgA1c's were 6.2 and 6.4! The hip discomfort persists with no change! Had I been alerted to this cortisone side effect potential I definitely would have refused it. All also know that I am overly responsive to assorted "meds."

Knee shots once or twice a year.

My knees tend to fill with fluid once or twice a year. I've been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and have fingers and toes that tend to flare up occassionally. I have the fluid drained from my knees when they swell up, and my doctor then gives me a dose of cortizone. I've never felt any side effects, and I always feel so much better once it's done. I don't want to have to take the arthritis medication until I just can't stand the pain, and my doctor said that this was a good alternative as long as it was only happening once or twice a year.
—Guest Bronco

Cortisone injection for bursitis

Had a shot in my shoulder yesterday for bursitis. Needle not too painful as it was done under ultrasound. Did not sleep one minute last night. Turned the t/v back on at 3pm and at 9am still feel wade awake. Does the sleeplessness last long. Dr. gave me no information on any side effects. Hope it cures the bursitis.

Second chance

OMG! I have had epidural cortisone injections twice now in my lower back since July. The most recent time I had two shots - one to each side. By the time I got to a pain management physician my life and lifestyle were limited to very little physical activity and no workouts at the gym at all. I had serious and sometimes acute pain every single day. These injections breathed life into me again. I am not perfect, but I didn't expect that. I have had zero side effects. My experience has been amazing and the relief pain both times was absolutely immediate. I could not possibly complain.
—Guest Doree

Knee Injection

I've had approximately 8 cortisone injections in my knees and have never been told about the side affects that I experienced on a couple of occasions. One being very severe pain and knee locked in the bent position while grocery shopping, following the procedure. The severe pain and stuck position lasted about 24 hours. On another more recent cortisone injection the knee was so much pain following the procedure, that I couldn't bare any weight on it or try to bend it without excruciating pain. Other times I've left the doctor's office, following a knee fluid aspiration and cortisone injection and went straight to work and performed a physically demanding job on my feet for 9.5 hrs, with minimal pain. I have to continue to receive the injections in order to function now since my knees or so bad, but if possible, plan to be off work for a day or so, following, just in case of a reaction. Different doctors say that I have to wait 3 months between injections. They only last 6 weeks for me.
—Guest Delores

cortisone shot to shoulder

No one told me about side effects,didn't know I was getting one till yesterday when I went to the doctor, have had a bad headache and didn't sleep at all last nite been up all night, took sleeping pill didn't help.and have had anxiety since the shot. Shoulder is so sore, never again.
—Guest nancy


I have muscle atrophy at site of injection, was not told it would leave an indention, and I think it caused my piriformis muscle to go in spasm. I got "talked" into it at my chiro's office. UGH....when will my muscle get back to looking even? I'm a freak show in a bikini, can't compete in fitness competition till this goes away!! SOOO ANGRY!!
—Guest LRod

Not told either

I went to the Dr as I was shown in an MRI report I had a torn ACL in my right knee. After seeing the Dr I was told he wanted me to have a cortisone shot in my knee. I was not told about ANY side effects that this med might have. I find this very bad mark against the medical profession. For those in here that stated we should do our homework and look up the side effects just when do you expect people to do that? Maybe the 10 min you have between the time they give the shot and when they tell you? I did not have a choice of coming back again as my problem was a results of a car accident .
—Guest NancyLee

Immediate Relief

I cannot tell you the pain that I was in. I had severe hip inflammation and swelling. I am only 42 and in very good health with NO previous back pain. I received the shot today, and I am in heaven. I was so depressed at the pain I was in, not being able to work or help my children....even if I do end up not being able to SLEEP, EAT, HAVE SWEATS, doesn't matter. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I cannot describe how horrible it is to lose mobility in one day and live in excruciating pain for three weeks. I think the willingness to endure side effects depends on how horrible your symptoms may have been.
—Guest Stephanie

Knee shot

Had a cortisone shot today in my knee. It was no too painful as done by a skilled person. I did get lightheaded and nasueas right after but maybe I was just worried about it too much. However now I have a massive headache and am still a bit lightheaded. I've had 2 previous shots in the bottom of my foot which worked great and 1 shot in my shoulder which also worked great. So I assume I will do more if needed. Hope everyone will take the time to be their own health advocate and do their own research. Good health to all.
—Guest Suz

cortisone shot in the knee

Had a cortisone injection in my left knee yesterday afternoon. It hurt like hell, but the doc never told me about any of the side effects. Lucky for me, the only side effect I'm having is just pain at the injection site. It's very painful though, something called cortisone flare, but said to go away within a couple of days. I would do it again if it means my knee stops hurting and it goes back to normal. Luckily I have had a cortisone shot in my hands for carpal tunnel syndrome that worked great for a few months, no side effects either. Guess I'm lucky, so sorry to those who are experiencing headaches, flushing, and all the other rotten side effects.

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