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

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Updated January 13, 2010

Left knee - diabetic

I had my shot last week and I haven't felt right ever since. No I wasn't told about the possible side effects either. Will not take the shot again!
—Guest Myrna

Frozen shoulder

My Doctor offered me a cortizone shot to relief pain and after I ask him about side efects, he told me all about it. I decided not to have that treatment and opted for home exercing and lets see what happen.
—Guest Hernando Restrepo

Results of Injection

I recently had my fourth injection to my right knee which didn't seem too bad at the time but by the next morning I had such a terrible headache, flushing of the face and my sugar went sky high. The only thing the doctor mentioned was there could be an inflammation. He did not tell my of the three other effects that I found extremely uncomfortable (especially the headache).
—Guest Diane

Yes- such a relief

I had a shot 5 days ago. I was informed of the "cortisone flare". I am so happy- after 5 months of pain in my hip, it is totally gone. I can finally sleep in a bed.
—Guest Aunt Viv

Rubber Foot

Had two cortisone shots in the nerves of each foot for Morton's neuroma. I believe I'm experiencing "cortisone flare". My podiatrist offered no information about the drug or side-effects. When I expressed how stressed and anxious I was about the procedure, he handed me a rubber foot to squeeze during the injections.
—Guest Lark

not informed. i even asked first!

i had my first injection today into the base of my thumb for a painful trigger thumb. not only did the doctor NOT cleanse my skin or use iodine and i just read how vital that is to reduce infection risk (great) and i specifically asked him what the side effects were and he just repeated the word side effects to me and shrugged and mumbled and then gave me what was almost the most painful injection of my life (worst was my bone marrow biopsy 15 years ago) so now i am terrified of this potential 'flare up' i was not told about and will worry about infection after reading here... wishes ignorance was really bliss ;)
—Guest stacey

Not Informed

I have had steroid shots in my neck, wrist, heel, toe, and my knee before. But, yesterday I had both my knees injected and I was in incredible pain for 24hrs. The Dr. assumed I was experienced with shots and did not tell me about any side effects. I have never been told about these side effects.
—MsAkasha

Not aware of side effects

Had acl reconstruction 8 months ago. Have been going to p.t. and the gym and can hardly walk at days end. Received injection yesterday but not warned of side effects. Little sleep, slight headache but already pain free. Worth the side effects. What little sleep i got was so comfortable after months of pain. Hoping for a full nights sleep in the next few days
—Guest Dominique

Would you have had a shot

No, especially if I had known if I could have had a very adverse reaction that I had to my knee joint.
—Guest John Campbell

Never told of side effects

Was never told of the side effects but the shot was my choice. I had the shot 21 hours ago with no side effects except pain in the knee which lasted overnight. My knee is starting to feel better already . The needle was long but done with expertise and no pain at all. Not sure if it'll work but I think it already is.
—Guest darren

Side effects

My doctor didn't inform me about cortisone flare, all he and his assistant talked about were the benefits of the cortisone shot. After taking the shot in both knees for my osteoarthritis I went to work. Imagine my horror and surprise, when an hour after I arrived at work I started having intense pain in both knees and could hardly walk. I called my Doctor and was told to put ice packs on both knees and take ibuprofen. If he had told me about this in the office I would've went home immediately after I'd received the shots or at least rescheduled when I had some time off to deal with this. It is the second day and I still am in pain, and now I find out it could last from 24 to 48 hours after taking the shots.
—LiEndy

Yes, I would have had the shot

The doctor told me about the side effects. I did experience the "flare", but 3 days out it does seem to have brought the swelling and pain down somewhat. Hoping it continues to work...
—absolutelyallison

NO! Ruptured tendon 5 surgeries!

There was no discussion when I received a cortisone shot for a trigger finger. Two weeks later,to his credit when I was unable to bend my long finger, the doctor told be that I had a ruptured tendon ( a side effect of the cortisone shot he had given me. ) Thus began a 18 month period of unsuccessful surgeries to repair and replace the tendon. I now have a deformed hand with 150+ stitches that will never function properly.
—Guest chapentr

Would I have known

My doctor never made me aware of any side effects after ordering a cortisone injection into my foot. Why do doctors not tell you of these side effects and then let us make the decision whether to take the risk or live with the pain? I'd rather live with the pain.
—Guest Trudy

No More Cortisone Shots for me!!!

My doctor told me the only side effect was that some people may expperience more pain at first. I had a cortisone injection for my shoulder and had facial flush ever since. (Going on day 5) Not only that but my blood pressure is up. I usually run 90/60 and two days later I was 160/82! I was leary about getting the shot and now I know I will never get another. And the pain in my shoulder, exactly the same. I should have known better.
—Guest Joyce

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