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

Responses: 357


Updated January 13, 2010

I knew the risks and they do help.

I have spinal stenosis and have been having these injections every 3-4 months. They do help a lot because before the injections I couldn't even stand in my kitchen in the morning to make myself a cup of coffee. After the injection, I can do anything I want. I was informed of the risks and except for the cortisone flare, never had any other side effects.
—Guest Renee

Was Informed, In Writing

I have been getting cortisone shots every 3 months for a ruptured disc--I don't want surgery. The shots help a lot and only a day of discomfort. I read and signed all the risks. If anything was bad, I wouldn't keep going back.
—Guest Linda, Alabama

Never Again

I had the injection at for plantar fascitis and I was not warned of the side effects. The injection was more painful than I expected, and now I am being told it could be days before I can walk on it comfortably.
—Guest Andy

I will not have one again

I had the short three days ago in my shoulder and I was never informed of any of the side effects. Now I'm still in pain and its almost worse than it was before and now I am just being told give it another week to see any signs of it working. If I had known I would go through this I never would have had the shot in the first place.
—Guest K

Absolutely Not!

I wasn't told about all the side effects or I wouldn't have done it. I had cortisone flare, extreme fatigue, clots, shooting pain and prolonged menstrual bleeding. And no relief from tennis elbow.
—Guest JM

Negative Side-Effects

I have had cortisone shots before, and I've had a number of different side-effects... I thought I was really ill until I read about these side-effects. It really does help with the pain, but I never expected any of these side effects.
—Guest Charlene Bianchi

Felt Tricked

I am upset. My doctor informed me that if a cortisone shot helped, I would be a candidate for surgery. I was told about no possible side-effects. I feel like I was tricked into having this shot.
—Guest alice

Wish I Had Known...

I had a shot in my knee to try to reduce the pain prior to knee replacement. About 7 hours after I felt my face flush and my heart race. Wish I would have known about the side effects so that I could have been prepared.
—Guest Bonnie Barker

I Was Told, But Still Concerned

I received the cortisone shot on the side of my wrist. This was my 3rd shot, but this doctor was the first that explained the possible change in my skin pigment. I actually thought it would just be in the spot of injection, however it is covering about a large space on the side of my wrist. The lost of pain was immediate and I do not regret the shot, I just didn't know that the color change would be so drastic.
—Guest Val

I would never have had the shots.

Absolutely not. All hell broke loose in my body after receiving two cortisone shots for carpal tunnel. I would NEVER have had those shots if i knew this could happen.
—Guest Eleanor

Not Told About Skin Problem

I was not told of the possible side effects of a cortisone shot into my elbow...otherwise I would have opted not to have the shot. Now I have a circle of light skin where the pigment is gone.
—Guest clschneider

Was Warned, But No Relief

I'd just had my 2nd shot in 6 months and the doctor was informative. He warned me of the side-effects, including steroid flare. I was in such pain and desperate for relief. I will never have another shot again; I need to find alternative relief. The 2nd shot made very little difference to the pain.
—Guest Yolande Ruiters


I had a steroid shot yesterday for an inflammation in my shoulder. Today I have a flushed face-like a heavy drinker. No-one warned me about the side effects of the injection.
—Guest brenda yavry


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
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