From the article: Cortisone Shots
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
- Had a shot for my neuroma yesterday. Husband looked at me and reacted to my bright red mask on my face. I am fighting a headache despite taking asprin for it. Not told of any reaction to expect. Appreviate this website info as it let's me know I am not the only one.
- —Guest Kathleen
Effects of cortisone shot
- I had one I my knee oh my god felt so good, I knew it was temporary but I had no pain for several weeks, then it wore off:(! Had partial knee surgery both went well slow healing!
- —Guest Vicki Thomas
Sunburn, High Glucose and Pain
- I've had cortisone shots before in my hands and lower back with no adverse side effects. This time I had injections in my left shoulder. It's been 3 days of horror so far with high glucose levels (I was warned) but nothing really keeps it under control and I was perfect before. Also got the "sunburn" on the left side of my face - it's awful and the doctor never said one word about side effects except for the glucose. Also have more shoulder pain than ever at the moment. Thanks for your website, it helps reading other patients' issues more than my doctor ever did. When I called in today I was told that if symptoms persist I'll then have to see on of my specialists on Monday. Am not sure this shot was worth the aggravation.
- —Guest George
If only I had known...
- I was diagnosed with bursitis in my scapula about 13 years ago. One of the treatments was a cortisone shot. After discussing the potential side effects with my ortho and my nurse from my insurance carrier, I got the shot. The pain decreased (minimally but notable none the less) after the shot. Unfortunately for me, my blood glucose went sky high for about a week. I am a Type 1 diabetic and have been for about 38 years. I was told there might be an increase in my blood glucose, so be mindful of that... An increase was an understatement! My glucose rose to over 500 mg/dl and insulin shots did nothing to stabilize it.on the 5th day, I was preparing to go to the ER and I noted it started to decrease. Now I had fears of crashing because of all the insulin I had on board. Had I known the real extent to which my blood sugar could rise, I would NOT have had the injection.
- Had cortisone shot in my knee as the first course (and hopefully lasting) of action to relieve the arthritis pain. The doctor was hopeful that it would provide 3-6 months of relief or more. Had the injection on a Monday morning. Had insomnia for 2 nights, but no pain those 2 days. Finally slept well Weds night, but woke up with a lot of knee pain. No other side effects, but now my knee hurts more than it did prior to getting the shot. I didn't know that was a possibility. I thought it would either work, or it wouldn't.
- —Guest LBC
- I can't tell you all how grateful I am that I found this forum! I thought something was wrong with me. Had terrible pains in my hip, through my pelvic region and down my thigh and onto the front of my shin. My doc sent me for X-rays for my hip and finally an MRI. Also sent me for a transvaginal sonogram just to be safe. If course it's bursitis and I'm speculating it may have affected my pelvic region as well. Went to the Ortho for the cortisone injection. He was fantastic and I hardly felt it, so I was lucky in that way. However, he did not mention any side affects. Within days I had what looked like a sunburn on my face and neck. Then I experienced pain in some of the other joints in my body which was a mystery to me. The scariest of all was the spotting that I found when I went to the bathroom. I had no idea. I'm post menopausal so between the cramping and the spotting I researched every cancer. Fortunately I found this site and can relax.
- —Guest Fay
Never, Never, NEVER again!!!
- Went to doc for tennis elbow. Sent me to orthopedic. I just wanted a brace to hold my wrist still, to rest my arm (has worked before). He insisted a cortisone shot was what I needed and he "has done a million of them". Never mentioned side effects...Especially not the "Cortisone Flare" I was about to experience! 24 hours after the fairly painless shot, I had EXCRUCIATING pain...Thankfully it was short lived as the web said...but it felt like forever while it lasted(I learned about this all by having to Google it, not from my doc...thanks, Doc.) At least, if he had warned me this could happen, I would have been...a little bit more prepared.
- —Guest Hurtin' Mama
I knew side effects but...
- I only knew the side effects because I had seen my mother experience them and my sister to some degree, but I did not realize how bad they could be. My heart has been pounding, I have been depressed and my face has been flushing. It feels very hot. But, I'm hoping the shot in my knee will last a long time as it does feel so much better! Hopefully the side effects won't last much longer. It's only the second day now. If it helps for a long time and the side effects subside soon, I think I would have the shot again.
- —Guest Lclark
what women should be told
- I had steroid shots in both feet several years ago for plantar fasciitis. Had vaginal bleeding after each shot and almost ended up having a hysterectomy. I am now 72 and recently had a shot 4 weeks apart in both knees and am again experiencing vaginal bleeding. Never was told about this side effect.
- —Guest Judy
- I was never Instructed or told about skin pigmentation In my right knee
- —Guest patra
It's been 4 days
- since I got the shot. The first 2 days were unsettling, but I think I'm over that and my knee and leg do feel less pain. I am really hoping that this will be permanent, it's not perfect but it is a lot better. I'll have to think about whether I would want another cortisone shot. If there is a next time, I'll educate myself better first. Good Luck to all of you, Happy Healing.
- —Guest bad knee
I'll know in a few days
- I'll know in a few days if it was worth getting the cortisone shot, although I was told it was a steroid shot, and silly me didn't know they were one and the same. I tore both menisci and had surgery about 8 weeks before. Still had a lot of pain and swelling in knee and leg. No, I didn't get told about any side effects, and feel pretty stupid for not asking. Lesson learned. I kindof think maybe the doctors (although the PAC administered mine) offer these shots when patients have repeat return visits about continuing pain and they don't know what else to do. Most of us are willing to try anything that they say might help, because we have no where else to go for help. Even our surgeon is ready to abandon us with their hands up in the air as if they are out of ideas. They don't want to give us pain pills either. Well, I got the shot yesterday and didn't sleep well, hot, headache. Today suffered through my "light duty" job feeling blah and feverish. Came home and saw my red face.Good Luck2
never would have had the shot!
- Side effects were flushed face that was hot to the touch, then i sported an unevenly sunburned face for 3 days. It also messed with my sleep, affected my sense of taste to the point of my tongue feeling like it had been burned and resulting in water having a sweet taste. And worst, after 2 weeks, i have cramps and have begun bleeding vaginally. I am 58 and haven't had a period for years! Would have liked to have at least been told of possible side effects. Lesson learned...will research myself rather than count on doctor to clue me in!
- —Guest reallytickedoff
meniscus tear knee
- I was in extreme pain with my knee due to two meniscus tears in my knee for almost 3 weeks. MRI showed tear across and down. I had a cortisone shot and I'd do it a million times over if needed compared to the pain prior. My side effects were hot flushing face and neck, which happened a few days later, lasting 2 days. Not unbearable at all. Couple of weeks after the shot, I showed some drops of blood as if from a menstrual period. I have been post medapause for 10 years. Still, not a bother. The shot worked. No pain! I can walk again. Will it last? I don't know but if pain returns I'd do the shot again in a moment. Its unbelievable how that worked so fast and so well! I'm grateful!
Aware of some side effects, but not all
- I had an injection in my wrist due to possible carpel tunnel. It was extremely painful as the doctor injected into the most painful part and then pressed down on this part afterwards. I was told that there was not any anaesthetic in the injection. Also that the skin around the injection could become lighter and i might feel hot flushes afterwards. Had a difficult day and night due to the pain and have been extremely dizzy this morning. My wrist is still extremely painful and i am carrying my arm to eleviate the pain. I am hoping that this will stop the pain and confirm that i have a carpel tunnel problem.
- —Guest vicky
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