Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience

Please describe your experience with a cortisone injection.

Comment from: Henna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I hurt my shoulder two years ago. I had cortisone injection in my shoulder three days ago. Last night I couldn't sleep because of strange pain in my abdomen. My shoulder's pain only improved a little bit. I think I should have tried other medicines or antibiotics. I don't know why my doctor didn't wait for the injection.

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Comment from: PAPEACH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I have been a recipient of cortisone injections in both shoulders, elbow, lumbar discs and sacrum (beneath the tailbone). Generally speaking, they have helped, but there have been short-term side effects. With some, I have had major face flushing and burning, deep pain where the medication was administered and general malaise. I have several difficult skeletal impairments and find the cortisone usually works better for me than pills. Though the relief may not last long, there's always ibuprofen!

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Comment from: Matt, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

I just got a cortisone shot in my big toe joint this morning. Yeah, it hurt some when the doctor was doing it but it was bearable enough. The doctor was also spraying some sort of numbing spray which helped ease the pain. It bled a little but nothing crazy. Four hours later the pain in my foot has gone down some. No adverse side effects yet other than I continue to hate getting needles and I'm not looking forward to the next one in a few weeks.

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Comment from: Barbara, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I have been in pain on my right side for years. I fell last week and for the first time had x-rays of my hips. All doctors said the pain was from my back. I had a cortisone shot yesterday and for the first time I do not hurt today. Yes! I do not know how long it will last but at least I am better.

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Comment from: Emily, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I got a cortisone injection in my thumb 12 months ago. Not much pain but could not move my thumb the first week. My doctor told me to exercise my thumb and then it was all good for up to 12 months. I just received my second cortisone injection last Thursday in the same thumb, rested it and can move my thumb slightly but not fully. I had no side effects.

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Comment from: robert, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 29

I had cortisone injections on my shoulder, and 8 months down the line I now have avascular necrosis, a well-known side effect from steroids.

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Comment from: Cchipawoo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I got a cortisone injection today at 11:30 am. It's now 11:05 pm and for the last 3 hours I've been experiencing heart palpitations and shortness of breath. I am not sure what to do.

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Comment from: Annieann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

My cortisone injection was in the right side hip area. I read in the side effects that the shot could make me feel worse before I felt better. I was in severe pain the night after getting the shot, and couldn't sleep. I took ibuprofen to relieve pain. The doctor said I had an unusually severe reaction to the shot. But it helped with the hip pain.

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Comment from: scubarry, 65-74 (Patient) Published: February 23

My first cortisone shot was for arthritis in my thumb. I lost my voice for 9 weeks and 3 days. I was aware that I was allergic to cortisone because I'd lose my voice for a day or two after taking a cortisone pill. My second shot was in January and now I am into my 6th week with no voice.

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