Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience

Please describe your experience with a cortisone injection.

Comment from: kaz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I had shoulder bursitis and tendon damage. I lived with it for 25 years, my arm was numb and I was always in pain, and tense. I had cortisone injections about 5 or 6 times. It works beautifully but now I have a side effect; cataract on the eye of the same right hand side. I was also prescribed Lyrica. Again works beautifully; with the same listed side effect, cataract. So now I am taking codeine to help me sleep.

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Comment from: Harmony, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I had one cortisone shot in my left knee that worked beautifully for about 4 months. About a year later I got another one that only lasted about 3 weeks. I got the shot in Minneapolis and both times it felt like I was getting an electric shock. I have read how people say it was painless, but both times I thought I was going to pass out from the pain and I'm a person with a pretty high tolerance for pain. I am still in pain and haven't had another shot for over 3 years, because the pain of the injection just isn't worth it.

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Comment from: Caroline, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I have just had my second shot of Cortizone in my left shoulder by a rheumatologist. My first shot was about four years ago. I remember first time everything was fine and I was pleased with the results, and no more pain for about a month. This was with the same doctor, second shot was yesterday, everything okay at first, and I felt much better. However, I seem to be experiencing the same after-effects as several people on here. I had an appointment with my primary doctor for a different problem, my blood pressure is usually normal, however this time it was pretty high, and the nurse asked if I was having a hot flash. My face felt hot and was very red. I am home and ready for bed at 7:30 pm. I am hoping I can sleep okay. I have a slight headache. I am thinking no more shots for me, even though my shoulder pain is gone.

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Comment from: scooter, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I have had such pain in my legs for years and I finally found a doctor that gets down to business. I got a cortisone injection in both knees and prescription of Percocet 10 mg and I don't know how I managed before but know my quality of life is much better. I still have lots of pain but at least know I can function. And it last about 2 to 3 months. All good here. Good luck to you.

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Comment from: So Cal Gardener, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I had my 3rd cortisone injection for trigger thumb 48 hours ago, and am experiencing a sunburn like flare on cheeks. That night I had insomnia, took Benadryl, and slept minimally. The following day blood pressure was 158/90. Last night I took 2 Benadryl and Ambien for sleep. I slept 8 hours which was wonderful, but burning face and racing pulse is bothersome. I will not have any more cortisone, injections even though they have helped resolve rotator cuff shoulder pain. Now I am concerned about the effects of the steroid that will be used during or following total knee replacement surgery. I will call the surgeon's office and discuss options.

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Comment from: out of pain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left hip. After suffering for 2 years, taking prescription NASAIDs and physical therapy with no relief, I finally broke down and had the doctor administer the cortisone injection. I felt immediate relief and wished I had done it sooner.

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Comment from: maddie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I've had surgery on my right knee 3 years ago, torn meniscus, Baker's cyst, and some arthritis shaved. I felt good for 1 year. I went back a year later for Supartz injections, that worked 1 year, waited another year in pain, and finally got my first cortisone shot on Monday. No side effects, today is Saturday, and during the week the pain seems to have gotten worse. This Monday will be a week. I've read this can happen because the cortisone is crystalizing in the knee. I hope this is the case, because it hurts!

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