- I am a 59 year old remodeler--almost every thing I got hurts.If it wasn't for these shots It would be extremely hard to work--I just had one in my shoulder yesterday I feel like I am on fire but it goes away quickly within 24 hours. This isn't the first shot I've had and it won't be the last--by the way, my shoulder was killing me, and now I have no pain . All medications have side effects. Thank god for modern medicine.
- —Guest Mark
1st Cortisone shot
- First time I've had a cortisone shot. After enduring a swollen and painful knee for several months, I was okay trying something less invasive, like a shot. Doc said about 1% of folks have a reaction so they add a little freezing which seems to mitigate this. The shot followed an aspiration so was a little swollen for 24 hours but no pain. Told to go easy for 72 hours. Got up the second day without pain for the first time in months. I'll do it again in a heartbeat.
- —Guest Deb
- My back went out on Wednesday, today is Friday. Went to the Dr today and got a steroid shot. Great thing, my back feels 100% better, (got the shot at around 11 am). Come around 7 pm, 8 hours later, my back still feels great, but I started feeling a pressure on my chest and a huge lump I'm my throat, kind of like heartburn, and really gassy, like I had drunk too much pop. Now I am unable to sleep. The pressure feeling is not ad bad, but I'm having a mild panic attack. I am prone to them anyway, so I know what to look for, but don't enjoy it one bit. All I want to do is sleep! I've got to go to work tomorrow. I know someone said stop complaining, but I think the main reason we come on here and talk about this is for support. For me, the best way for me to talk myself down from a panic attack is to read about someone else going thru the same thing. So, you other posters have made me feel better, and I hope I can do the same for someone else. ;)
- —Guest bad back
- First shot yr ago did nothing, two others did pretty good, never told bout side effects, had shot yesterday been in severe pain ever since. Dr didn't act like he even knew bout cortisone flare! IDIOTS!!!! Bad when u have to research and diagnose your own symptoms. What the heck are they getting paid so much for? Most patients know as much or more than the doc they're seeing, except for a few who truly care about their patients and not just filling their wallets and covering their butts!!
- —Guest kwinpain
Well worth it!
- I have been suffering from plantar fascitis for about 1 year before i was able to get to a podiatrist. My doctor was awesome is explaining everything about this condition and all the possible ways of treating this. I opted with the cortisone shot. Best thing ever! Not only with custom inserts and this shot i am now pain free in all activities! This is priceless too me and a well worth-it risk to take.
- —Guest T
I am thankful for the shot
- I have had tennis elbow for 9 months now. It is in my dominating right arm. I work in a frame shop which requires me to use my hands, arms, and carry heavy things. Without the shot I couldn't continue to work. My side effects were that I had no use of my hand or arm for a few hours. It was dead and tight. But after that I was free from pain and I could pick up stuff again. Well worth the pain of the injection. I go to an orthro doctor, he is the one who gives the injections. I have complete confidence in his work. I will leave with this. The shot is extremely painful and it did leave me like I had use of my hand and arm. But I was pain free for over a month. It is worth the day of discomfort.
- —Guest Shanon
- I have had several Cortisone shots in my foot. I suffer for a few days, but boy pain free for about 9 months. Its worth it to me and yes my doctor told me about side effects but when living with pain every second of the day it was well worth it.
- —Guest Canadian
side effects worth the freedom from pain
- I have 3 herniated discs (c4-c7) and have been in constant pain for a month. Pain became a barrier to PT (and ANY activity). Had a cortisone/lidocaine shot last week and one today and feel incredible. My dr told me about flushing and temp hyperactivity and also that lidocaine in the cervical spine could make me lightheaded. I did experience flushing (my whole body was hot), anxiety/insomnia for less than 24 hrs after each shot (falls under hyperactivity I think) and slight nausea. And yes VERY lightheaded after first shot but I also hadn't eaten for a few hours (my doc recomended not coming on an empty stomach next time which worked). But I feel free for the first time in a long time: done feelingirritable from pain, feeling out of shape bc I can't exercise, and missing out on events bc I'm in too much pain to go out. I will say I'm pretty sensitive to drugs too (ie novicaine makes me HIGH and lasts forever!!) Was a great solution for me and worth exploring for others.
- —Guest NeckpaininNYC
Bizarre and scary side effects
- I was told the shot had no side effects but soreness at the injection site. I knew several people who has these injections with much success and no reactions. Got my injections in my bursa..it was quite painless and hours later I felt it was working. The following day I had muscle cramps in my legs, dizziness, vertigo,dehydration, anxiety etc. Dr who gave the shot denied any reactions. Primary care Dr checked me out and indeed this was what was happening. Almost a week now and better but still not right..NEVER AGAIN
- I have had 3 injections of cortizone. Told the Dr. that I do not do well on cortizone but he said it was needed to calm down an inflamation in my feet which also was affecting my legs. He said there were no side effects. Each time the needle was so painful in my ankles. I became completely lethargic and the pain in my ankles and legs go worse. I was getting so many cramps. I told the office today I did not want any more shots. Not worth it. I have become very meloncholy and mild headachey. Everyone is not the same and doctors should be aware when being told that Cortizone does not work well on his patient. I have to walk with a cane part of the time.
- —Guest Rosemarie Topor
- I had a horrible reaction to ESIs w/Kenalog. I carefully asked about side effects in advance and was told perhaps some facial flushing. It's been 6 months since the injections and I'm still suffering from debilitating side effects, namely severe tingling and pain in all extremities and extreme fatigue - never had this before the shots and there's no doubt this was caused by the shots. To those who admonish that people w/side effects should "quit whining," do our research, and doctors are not the ones ultimately responsible: Doctors are most certainly responsible here. Many of the doctors who routinely inject this stuff are woefully uneducated about side effects, do not inform patients about possible side effects, and are overzealous and often irresponsible in their administration of these potent drugs. Doctors are the EXPERTS here, not the patients. Having gone to medical school and specifically trained to give these injections, they are fully responsible.
- —Guest Samantha
Not told of any side effects
- I had my first cortisone injection in my left knee today and was not told of any side effects! The DR was very rude and when i said i was nervous in case it hurt he just told me that i have had this problem for 8 years so should have built up quite a high pain tolerance, I have severe synovitis in my left knee which no one knows the reason for, i've had X RAYS, MMR, physio and a knee arthroscopy which were all clear so i think this was a last resort for them
- —Guest Lisa
These shots changed my life!
- I have started a huge garden, walk my dog around town and lost 40 lbs as I was now able to exercise PAIN FREE for the first time in Decades! Not 1 single side effect. I think most people that rush to the Internet looking for side effects in drugs or other treatments are subconsciousnessly putting these into their head. Blaming normal, everyday stuff on these shots. Do NOT listen to them.
- —Guest fuzzy
Total Pain now
- This wasn't the first time in my life that I had a cortisone shot.... but it may be my last. I have a bone spur in my foot. I became very painful. The OD gave me a cortisone shot and wow, it worked for 5 months, and then the pain returned. My MD's office PA gave me a 2nd one, and my life has been hell since. 3'x the pain now in the foot. So bad I use a cane for hrs off and on. I have a nerve that reacts (with pain) off or on the foot, and without warning. The pain is so intense, I would consider cutting off my foot! My reaction is said to be rare, only, they don't know if the pain will ever go away. Its been 6wks since the shot. In my life, I have had probably 6 cortisone shots, so I say this ... when you read the possible side effects.... one thing to consider is IF, I have a side effect, how long will I suffer from it. I did not know the side effect can be endless.
- Had I known about the side effect of the contisone I would never have consented to the shot. My face is bright red, I'm hot all over and I'm sick to my stomach.
- —Guest Nancy