Most cortisone shots offer reduction of inflammation and dramatic pain relief. However, there are possible side effects
from a cortisone injection, most commonly discomfort and facial flushing. Less common side effects include elevated blood sugar, skin pigment changes, and tendon rupture. Did you know about possible side effects of your cortisone injection? Would you have had the injection if you knew about the possible side effects? Would You Have Had a Shot
- Was not told of possible side effects. After lying awake for the second night in a row I decided to see if other people had experienced the same thing. So glad I found this site. I have restless leg syndrome anyway, but it's way worse now. I've experienced the facial flushing for the past two days too. The shot definitely took away the pain due to arthritis in my knee, but the sleep problems are very frustrating.
- —Guest Bubba
- I was told of the common side effects including "punched arm" soreness and the unlikely possibility of infection at the shot
site. I have had trouble recovering from an A-C joint injury and the doc said reducing swelling should help with mobility and soreness. Four days after the shot my shoulder is feeling even more unstable and movements that hurt to do repetitively or with resistance before make my shoulder feel like it is dislocating all over again. The pain is intense and lasts a couple hours when I use my arm For swimming.
- —Guest Randi
- I have had cortisone shots in both hips, both shoulders,knee and sacroiliac , happy to say I had no side effects, slept well, travelled seventeen hours on a plane , walked all over Edinburgh Scotland , I guess I am one of the lucky ones, being sixty five, with arthritis, I am happy to get about in no pain.
- —Guest Happy
- I just had my first cortisone shot today and I'm sore. I never wanted this shot. I have a torn rotator cuff and a messed up shoulder. I didn't see the needle and she reassured me that there were no side affects but after reading all these reviews I'm not sure if ill ever get another one and I am getting a second opinion before I do anything else!!!
- —Guest Vic
Was warned of symptoms
- I had the shot about 14 hours ago in my ankle for tendonitis and osteoarthritis. While I was warned of some of the possible side effects and could guess at others based on the pre-shot questions. What I don't think I was expecting was that my foot would have trouble bearing my weight. Not good when I don't drive and buses are erratic at best. The original pain is much better but it still burns
- —Guest Deana
Doctor denied having any side effects
- About a week ago i had a cortisone shot to treat a torn ligament in my toe. Four days later after eating lunch i got this upset feeling to my stomach. I thought it was what i had for lunch, but apparently it wasnt. i had extremely terrible gas and acid reflux that made me feel quite upset. Also i had the night sweats and sleepless nights for about five days. I also had mood and personality changes which im still trying to cope with. The depression is the worst. I will never have this shot again. I asked two doctors and they both denied it having any side effects. I feel so much better than there are people out there who share similar stories. I dont know if i will be the same again. :(
- —Guest piche
- My wife had cervical steroid injections she had a bad flare reaction, real bad!
Doc knew of possible reactions & told her not a thing. He needs his nose broke
- —Guest Hubby
- I have had toe and foot pain for a couple of years. Didn't really notice it was getting that bad until I was going out to eat with my husband. When I went to put the new shoes he had bought me for Christmas I couldnt stand up. Had to wear flats. I have always been a high heel girl. But I have very small feet. My Dr said I need a full joint replacement in big toe with 2 bones cut down because of over growth. I did first shot and Dr did great. Numbed it and I didn't feel to much. Lasted about 3weeks. Just got second shot yesterday. Hurt a little more but not like it did before the shots. Had some cramping last night and some today. Scheduled surgery for next month. Would have continued with steroids but can't have any more as 3 is the limit. I have a great Dr that I trust and has kept me in the loop every step from side effects to what to expect from surgery.
Wish me luck with surgery :)
- —Guest Ginger
Not Expecting More Pain as a Side Effect
- Just got my first ever cortisone shots in both heels for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. I was having an okay day for pain prior to the shots. The shots were extremely painful despite a numbing agent being sprayed the entire time. Within an hour my feet began to literally throb they were in so much pain.....not something I was expecting or informed of as a possible side effect. My feet and calves remain extremely painful 10 hrs later. I'm hoping this passes soon and I get the relief I was promised.
- —Guest Laura
- Got a shot Friday (Kenalog) for back pain. Was not told of any side effects. Today is Monday. I can't sleep, I'm shaking all over. My mouth is super dry. I'm dizzy and light headed. I feel like crap. My husband took me to a clinic and they said symptoms are from the shot and will eventually go away. And to top it off, my back pain is right where it was before the shot. I'm totally stressed and won't get another shot like that ever again.
- —Guest Sharon
was not aware of side affects
- ive had these injections for my shoulders on 6 occasions, first time, by my local GP, he didnt do it under ultrasound, and did about 5 injections into each shoulder, everything was great for about 4yrs, then the bursitis came back even worse.
had another lot, this time 1 in each shoulder, under ultrasound.. but that did nothing, the pain doubled. my GP wanted to try again, so i did the left one, and again absolutely no effect, so they did steriod injection in the right... and lucky me, again no relief... no one has ever mentioned any side affects, with any of these injections, but i had excruciating pain for about 2 days after each injection, really disturbed sleep, and the scariest dreams ive ever had (that was the worst thing).. i have bursitis in both shoulders, but my GP, and specialist say that it shouldnt cause this much pain, been 7 yrs and no one can work it out, had no major injury and im only 28.. this all started one night when i was woken up by a horrible pain....
- —Guest alana
- No I didn't know about side effects, going to sleep and getting into horrific dreams, Two shots in shoulders was what I had. hope it doesn't last.
- —Guest john
skin color loss
- African Americans beware After having thumbs injected with no side effects over two years, I had them injected in Oct.2012 and Feb 2013. This time I lost the pigment. I am dark skinned and I look like I have Vitiligo. No one told me this could happen. It was a different brand than previouly used Cortisone. Drastic steps needed to correct warnings.
- —Guest Hilda
Loss of Fatty Tissue in the Foot
- This is very real. I had several cortisone shots in each foot for heel spurs. Eventually all of the fatty tissue from my sole melted away and I had to get the spurs cut out anyway. Now at 34 years of age I hobble around like an 90 year old cripple. The temporary gains from cortisone a not worth it in the long run. I was once an enduro runner but now a cripple due to cortisone.
- —Guest The Realist
Side-effects shots for spur
- Had shots for spur, got instant relief, no side effects the first time. Had shots 4 hrs ago had hot flushes, heart palpitations and no sleep. After reading your side effects , feeling much better as i have high blood pressure. I know it will get better. Operation does not always work especially if you a busy mom driving around for kids and school. The pain is a lot worse than that 2min of pain from injection. Doctor must have X-ray to inject the right area of spur.
- —Guest Olga