- Contrary to many of the comments I am reading, I have always had excellent results from Cortisone injections. Had bursitis in my shoulder; one shot took care of it. Hip pain; one shot, gone. This was 30-40 years ago. Currently I am getting injections in my spine for pelvic and derriere pain, and again, good results. As I age I find myself much more susceptible to pain, but I can tolerate the injections without sedation, and have recently felt better than I have for 10 years! Unfortunately, we haven't found the "perfect spot" yet, as the longest results have only been about 4 weeks. I'm not ready for surgery yet, however. I had some strange side-effects to the first injection but nothing intolerable, and since then, the side-effects have actually been beneficial in my case. Everyone is different and has different reactions and results. I would wish everyone satisfactory results who try it.
Shot on knee with side effects
- Had shot in knee about 15 hours ago. Have terrible headache , sleeplessness, sweats, red rash on nose and a little bit of elevated heart rate. All is gone now except headache. Don't remember this from shot in knee 12 years ago. Also take advair for asthma now which contains cortisone so could be getting double whammy effect. If this shot helps like last one, it's worth the side effects. Permanently relieved pain. Also, injection was over in a couple of seconds with absolute minimal pain! Think it depends on doctor. This guy was great.
- —Guest Mela
Told No Side Effects - Complete Lie
- The dr. insisted I have the shot - no time to research it. Had terrible side effects ever since - MORE pain than before, sweating, dizziness, anxiety, leg cramps, depression. The dr. told me the worst it would do is "nothing". I will NEVER do this again - now I find out these shots can actually worsen the osteoarthritis causing a hip replacement to become necessary sooner - makes me wonder if that was the dr.'s intention as he is an orthopedic surgeon!
- —Guest Lisa
- Had hip injection yesterday...PAIN FREE TODAY!! Not a bad experience, little light headed when I sat up but passed quickly. WOO HOO...flushed face only side effect today, no need for any blush! Would do it again anytime, if needed. Great Doctor, great team, so thankful to be pain free after all these months. Hope it lasts a long time but if not, will visit again for sure!
- I was not told about the side effects!Had shot in shoulder, the pain afterwards was awful!! Will never do it again. Pain is much worse now than before shot!
- —Guest sandra
- I had a severe adverse reaction to Kenalog spine injections. It’s been 8 months since my last injection and I’m just beginning to feel better. I thought that the spine injections wouldn’t be a problem b/c a few years ago I had a corticosteroid rotator cuff injection without incident (no side effects, but no relief). Unfortunately, the spine injections resulted in a complete meltdown of my body functioning properly - insomnia, hair loss, weight loss, pain/cramping all over, nerve pain in extremities, muscle weakness, constant fatigue . . . Consulted with many doctors about this reaction and most didn't acknowledge any connection to the injections. Also, was not informed about the possibility of any of these side effects although I specifically asked about adverse reactions. See: http://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/treatments/interventional/injections/understanding-potential-complications-epidural-steroid?page=0,0. Also see (about cartilage deterioration): http://www.naturomedic.com/
- —Guest guest
- Within 30 minutes of the injection, I developed flu like symptoms that lasted for 5 d#ys. No improvement in pain or mobility in my shoulder. Dr. told me that there were no side effects!!!
- —Guest Cyndi
- I was never told that a cortisone shot could make my knee worse, and boy has it. I thought I was in pain before, but now it is unbearable. I'm up half the night walking around the house, trying to get the pain to subside. I ice it, that a least numbs it for awhile. I think the ligament deteration that happens from the shot, (which I didn't know before ) in itself doesn't make it worthwhile. Now I rate my pain as 20 times worse than it was before the shot.
- —Guest Diana
Knew what to Expect
- Had a shot in shoulder today for rotator cuff injury. The injection site hurts, but as a nursing student, I'm aware of the possible side effects of injecting a catabolic steroid into my body. I would recommend research to all those considering a shot. Weigh your options and make an educated decision.
- —Guest jrfc
Just had shot
- I just had a cortisone shot for Plantar fasciitis. I'm not sure if it's working. Hearing about how painful the shot was going to be, I decided to do it anyhow. I would like to walk without pain. To my surprise, it didn't hurt very bad. The doctor was careful to "freeze" the area first with a spray, then injected me with lidocaine, the cortizone, then marcaine. Great cocktail I guess, because after the initial minor "pinch" of the injection, I was home free. Now I just hope it kicks in. Right now, I'm not feeling relief.
- —Guest Kristi
10 days later, back to the doc
- Had cortisone shot in right hip ten days ago, promptly passed out, then nauseous for hours. Glad to see I wasn't alone. Original symptoms had somewhat abated, but are now back and I spent the weekend hobbling around. Next recommended treatment was hip replacement, may be getting a second opinion. Had read about the flare and didn't experience much of that. Neither doc nor techs at the hospital told me about side effects, I had researched them on my own. They acted surprised and a little put out that I had fainted!
- —Guest GuestSue
NO!Caution! Research ALL Poss. Side Eff
- Yes, learn about cotisone-resistance 4 sure 1st! The 1st time, I had a doctor who listened and had great expertise as he was a board-certified physiatrist. Injection site was coccyx for severe tailbone pain. Shot lasted approx. 4 mos. By then, was seeing an 'integrative medicine' doc - 'jack of all trades; master of none', and not good either, I will add. HE decided (without telling me WHAT he was doing!) to give an injection on each side of my butt cheeks! It not only hurt like hell, it was not at all effective. I could barely drive home afterwards! Also, upon becoming resistant to those glucocorticoid injections he gave me for what he diagnosed as "SI joint dysfunction", I have developed Cushing's Syndrome. I am now worse than before! If only I had had a true picture of what was really going on with my body I would have NEVER gotten ANY injections! I'm now dealing with early osteoporosis as well. Cort. takes approx. 4 mos. to let body return to homeostasis levels.
- —Guest LisaTX
- I had my second shot today in my left knee. My first shot was in my right knee 9in months ago. I had no side effects the first time. This time I have had sweats, heart palpitationa, anxiety and insomnia. I do not blame my dr. I don't think he is aware of side effects. The official web sites do not mention the side effects mentioned here. What I am experiencing is very real. So let's ignore the know-it-alls. I will call my dr. Tomorrow.
- —Guest askmom
- Worse than the pain I had to begin with. Been bleeding for 14 days, crying for no reason, nausea and ect. Had shots done to relieve sciatic pain. This was 3 weeks ago. Diddnt help. Had a cortisone flare that lasted 2 of the weeks. Been sleeping with ice packs on my lower back. If I had known of all side effects would have never had it done. When I. Confronted doc who did them he told me I had an anxiety problem
- —Guest stina
Didn't have a chance to be informed
- I've had pain in my knee from Army overuse 27 years ago. Recently decided to get it tended to as the pain was intermittently sharp and the knee collapsed with any changing of the ground level. Upon initial consultation, PA surmised it was a meniscus tear, and after MRI, and since I'd had it for so long, straight to surgery to clean it out. His words "Cortisone shots would be the first idea but you've had this for too long to mess with it." When having the MRI results explained, he stated the technician wasn't sure what he was looking at - it wasn't a meniscus tear that they could obviously see - but they could see a sac/mass of fluid behind the kneecap. Then, all of a sudden, we were right back at cortison injection. I argued but finally relented. I had no chance to do the research that I'd normally do. I had the injection 24 hours ago. I'm in excruciating pain in the knee in places I've not had pain in before; also facial flushing. I'll think twice before doing it again.
- —Guest Olivia