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

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Updated January 13, 2010

Well-Informed

My doctor explained all the risks/side effects listed here, as well as the potential benefits. At this writing, I got the shot in my right knee joint about 12 hours ago. Other than some injection site pain and increased feeling of 'stiffness', nothing remarkable in terms of symptoms. Remains to be seen if I benefit from it.
—Guest DaveInMinneapolis

Had Cortisone In Both Knees

I will have to get my knees replaced and plan to do so in March, however, the shot did wonders for my knees. However, I am still experiencing face flushing, excessive sweating of my head and neck, tend to start to lose my voice in the afternoons and my hearing sometimes sounds "tin" like. Would I get the shots again? You bet! So much depends on your knees and when they don't function, you realize how your mobility is decreased, lifting and pulling cease, going up and down stairs are almost impossible and sitting or standing for long periods cause excessive fatigue. I can handle these side effects just fine, thank you!!
—Guest Joyce Hanselman

Yes - the shot is brilliant

Had de quervain's tenosynovitis after baby....right hand sore as hell! Had shot today and already feeling MUCH better - esp with the local anesthetic that went in with it - magic! Also - unlike what others say onsite, my shot felt same as a "normal" shot - no excessive pain!
—Guest G

More Pain Than Expected

The shot hurt terribly when it was given to me. The next few days the bursa pain was gone but the shot pain made my whole thigh hurt! The lack of bursa pain lasted about 2 weeks, but now it's back. Going to the doctor to see what's next...
—Guest Shirley

I Wish It Could Last Forever

I knew very little about the shot before I was injected. I was in so much pain I wanted to cut my arm off. For the firt time in 12 years I feel pain free. I can sleep at night and I am not giving myself a constant massage. I see the doctor tomorrow to tell him how I feel--super!!!!
—Guest Claudia

Painful!

This shot in to my heel was utterly painful. I just got it so I don't know if it will work. If it does, I would say the pain is worth it.
—Guest Usha

Ouch!

I have never been in so much pain before! I just had the shot done yesterday and I cannot even walk on the foot today. I think I would prefer to live with the pain than to do this again.
—Guest Christy

More Painful Than Expected

I had the injection yesterday. It was so painful when he put the needle into the side of my wrist. I thought I knew what to expect as I've had steroid injections in my hands before, but this was worse. My wrist has swollen and I can't move my arm without being in pain. I'm hoping the pain is worth it even if I can get a few months of pain relief and usage of my wrist. I've had ice packs on my wrist since the injection, and that has made a big difference.
—Guest Sharon

Trade Off -- Shot Pain For Pain Relief

Just had 2nd epidural steroid shot for my sciatica. The pain is worth the gain. I have a few side effects; facial flushing, sleeplessness, small anxiety -- but that's nothing compared to the fatigue, pain, and limitations without the shots. Intense pain for a few seconds or relief for a few months -- I choose relief.
—Guest Dennis - 54

Thank God for the shot

When I went to the doctor for severe knee pain I was very discouraged to learn there was nothing surgically that could be done. He decided to give me the corisone shot which I had no faith in since I had had one before with little results. This time, however, was different. The next day I woke up a new person. I had no knee pain or stiffness. I could walk without a limp. I could go to work without the pain that normally slowed me down. It's been a little over a week and I'm sleeping at night without pain and sometimes I forget what knee was giving me fits. I thank God for this shot. It changed my life. I know it's a temporary fix and I'm afraid I'll fall hard when the pain comes back, but I'm loving my pain free life now.
—Guest Mary

Would do it again, and have.

Treated for plantar fasciitis for 1 1/2 years. Minimal pain when injected. Nearly immediate relief. Side effects- red "butterfly rash" on face for a day. Last injection flared up my hot flashes. But well worth it. First get a great podiatrist!!
—Guest Elaine

Painful, but worth it eventually

I've had two cortisone shots in my foot over a 1.5 year period. These were administered to help inflammation and pain associated with a stress fracture in my sesamoid bone. Both shots were painful when administered (injected into a joint). However, the 2-3 days that followed the injection are by far the worst. Once you get through those first few days, though, you're golden. My foot felt really good for the next few months.
—Guest Lindsey

Slightly Painful!

Your article states that a shot of cortizone can be slightly painful. Are you kidding? I have had shots in both of my feet for heel and arch pain. There is no such thing as slightly painful. These shots hurt!!! They help, but they are very painful.
—Guest Donna

BAD HEADACHES& HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

Well I really wish I would have read up on the side effects years ago! I started going to a pain mang. Dr. 8 years ago for migraines, and knee trouble, i quit going for 1 1/2 years and I got alot better!Now I started back and started getting the shots in my knees again and what do you know my headaches are back,and my blood sugar is totally crazy..must I admit my knee feels great!..This is absoutly insane I will NEVER get these shots again! I will just have to deal with all my knee pain, verses all these headaches and high blood sugar,and my face is very flush(everyone keeps asking if I'm sun burned?)...Thanks soo much for your web-site it has helped me make a very important decision in my life....
—Guest WENDY

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