Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience

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Comment from: Bursitis in foot, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have bursitis in my right foot by my big toe and received a cortisone shot two days ago. The pain from the bursitis was a lot less but the injection site and around it were and are still tender to the touch. On the first evening/night I was sweating and on day 2 and 3 I had red flushing on my face.

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Comment from: Ronna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

After sustaining unbearable pain for one year from plantar fasciitis during which I became unable to walk and to the point of being dysfunctional because of the pain, I received cortisone shots to my heels. I cannot believe the relief I have gained. I was walking like new within a day of receiving the shot. The first night I could not sleep but after that I had no other side effects. The pain returned after two to three months so I have repeated them. This time I will participate in physical therapy so that hopefully I won't have to repeat them again. My experience has been very positive so far.

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Comment from: LForinton, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

Yesterday I received a cortisone injection in my shoulder and today my face is bright red and to the touch very hot. I also have a really bad headache.

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Comment from: Diane Wilson, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I was given a cortisone shot for bursitis in my shoulder. It relieved the pain but within a few days my whole body was turned into a state of acidity. After getting through boxes of over the counter antacids which did not help much, my doctor prescribed a drug called Topzole. I have had 23 of 28 daily tablets and can feel very little improvement. If I have a piece of fruit or a glass of wine, it's terrible. I don't know which is worse, the pain that has returned or the acidity which the doctor tells me is a rare reaction.

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Comment from: Trudy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I have had 3 cortisone injections for a frozen shoulder now and all have been great! Thursday just gone, I had my 4th, for the same reason, same shoulder, but a different doctor did it from the rear this time normally done from front! And within hours of it the terrible headache started and hot flushes; being cold but sweating especially in the neck and face area. I also have arm redness, swelling and hotness down the same side. I am now on Tuesday, day 5, and feel like the flu has got me still sweating like mad, with dizzy spells too. If it's like this I would never have had it done!

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Comment from: Kyngerr, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

I had my 3rd cortisone shot (in 6 months) yesterday. The first two produced some pain for a couple of days but nothing I couldn't cope with. The shot I had yesterday has produced such severe pain that I can only walk if I bend over almost double. I'm going to give it a couple more days to see if it settles down, and I'll keep ice on my lower back a few times a day to see if that helps along with some painkillers. Not sure that I want to go through this again.

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Comment from: Peananner, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I got the hip steroid shot for moderate to severe arthritis in the hip. It has only been two days but the cortisone injection has not helped yet. I am getting worried as they said a hip replacement is in the near future. This was my first hip shot and I expected it to help more. The procedure hurt very little and I was so relieved, as I was freaked out about getting it. Now I am freaked that it's not going to help and I will have to have a replacement sooner than later. I am 62 years old, very healthy and very active woman. I am hoping the next few days bring relief for the obvious painful reason but mostly so it buys me time before having to do a big surgery.

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Comment from: Maria, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I received a cortisone injection to my shoulder and was fine the first time. The second time I became faint and started vomiting. I put it down to not having had breakfast that morning, however the third injection years later had the same effect. Mid way through the cortisone going in, my color drained and I felt very weird and disorientated. I have no problem with injections so it wasn't that I was squeamish about the needle. I can only surmise that I am allergic to the cortisone or whatever it was mixed with.

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