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

Responses: 344


Updated January 13, 2010


Had knee surgery n Feb. B n hard headed does make a soft behind. Took brace of way to sound reinjured my knee. Got injection to day doctor was great didnt hurt a not one bit. Did get a touch of sum side effects,but ALL medications have sum side effects. My doctor did explain and watched me for a while at the office until i felt comfortable to leave. I am a very active mother of 3. Age 38 under the same good doctors care i will get another injection. My advice choose the right doctor and makes a whole world of difference!! Thanks Dr. F. Vakili
—Guest stickers

Second one today

Had both knees injected a year ago and had great results for a while. I did have the "cortisone flare" in one knee the first time, and it was agonizing. I hoped it wouldn't happen again, but it did in the same knee. Other knee is just slightly sore. The "flare" went away last time in a day or so, and I enjoyed noticeably improved knee symptoms from the injections. The injections were no worse than getting novacaine at the dentist's office. What's great about the lidocaine they mix with the cortisone is that when you get home, you're symptom free -- like before your knees ever hurt in the first place. That was wonderful, even if only short-lived. I would definitely do this again. My orthopedist says it's safe for the tenons and cartilage if not repeated too frequently. I went a year between injections.
—Guest Larry Shushan

No I would not have the shot.

I had an Infection brought on by a previous sickness which left rashes on my body after months I attended my dermatologist. After multiple visits he decided a cortisone shot would make them go away. Yes they went away but the mis informed of side effects besides being aggiatated. Well now a couple months later I suffer from the side effect of loss of fatty tissue ad skin discoloration. I have an indent in my lower back the size of a golfball around and a divit about a cm to 2 cm deep. No one informed me this would happen and now I'm very self conscious and embarrassed by this huge spot on my back.
—Guest Ashley

Great relief

My doctor did not talk to me about side effects. Helped my pain but side effects are something else for me, head rush immediately, feelings of anxiousness, and sleep is difficult. But, my pain is almost non existant. I was told by a friend this will take a few days to work its way out of my body.
—Guest Therese

never again

Was not told of side effects for shot in shoulder due to bursitis. I take responsibility. Never even thought there would be a problem. Have had one week of flushing, insomnia, nervousness and itching. I pray this goes away soon. Called Drs office and I too was told it didn't sound like the shot caused most of side effects. We all can't be crazy
—Guest alabamameme

Great experience

I had a cortisone injection yesterday in my knee for severe pain that was keeping me up at night. I am four months post-op cartilage repair, unfortunately, I have an ACL tear that needs to be treated and has caused more cartilage damage since the surgery. The injection was not painful at all, just some minor pressure during the actual injecting. I have also not had any side effect pain what so ever, even though my doctor told me to expect some. I slept through the night and woke up pain free and feeling well rested for the first time in a month. This was my first injection as I've always been aprehensive, now I'm wondering why I waited so long!
—Guest Msc007

NO!! (knee shot)

didnt know it could skyrocket my blood sugar, didnt know it was going to hurt some time later to the extent I ended up in ER, didnt know my face was gonna look sunburned
—Guest wendy


I got a shot yesterday after having a ganglion cyst drained. Podiatrist said no systemic effects. I don't know why I agreed to this. I KNOW BETTER. Slept 4 hours last night. I just want to get this stuff out of my body.

Cortisone Knee Shot

Had a Cortisone shot in each knee yesterday and woke up with a headache this a.m. Was not told of any side effects by the orthopedic specialist. The swelling is coming down and I seem to have better range of motion. Would I have it again - probably in one knee not both. The one knee is worse than the other.
—Guest Des

knee effects

3 hours after the shot it felt like my knee was swelling up and hurting. It has more stiffness now but less pain 24 hours later. I wasn't told of any side effects but so far so good now. I hope it keeps getting better.
—Guest Doris

shoulder shot

was not told about any possiable side effects and the shot did absoutley nothing but make it worse.... never again
—Guest eric

So far So Good

It is 10:30 PM, got shot in my right foot for plantar fascliltis (spelling?) and heel spur among other issues at 2:15...so far so good. Face a little warm but pain has subsided for first time in over a year. Doctor gave shot from side angle rather than underside of foot, didn't hurt. Going back for a check up in 2 weeks. Rock on Dr. Naugle with Berks Foot and Ankle in Shillington PA! I couldn't be happier right now!

Shoulder shot

I think its to early for me tell of the side effect, but i already having trouble sleeping and the pain and ache it so painful; also my doctor never told me of any side effect, i hope it will work for me.
—Guest Donna

No thank you

I still have pain and would rather live with that then endure the side effects of steroids. I am highly allergic and sensitive to many medications so, maybe I am just not a candidate for cortisone. I will never, ever, let a dr. give me an injection of steroids again! NOTE: I was aware of the side effects. You have to do research before letting any dr. do a procedure on you. It's your responsibility as a patient.

I would not have had one

My pain management doctor did not warn me about the side effects! After my second lumbar shot within 24 hours my face and neck looked like I had been under a heat lamp. And he wasn't available to be even paged. Besides all that I didn't get any relief for the pain. I will never do it again! I have never felt so bad!

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