Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience

Please describe your experience with a cortisone injection.

Comment from: active lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had a cortisone injection in my left knee two days ago. Yesterday, I started a slight headache and flushing of both cheeks and across the bridge of my nose. It is a little worse today. I said I was sensitive to normal doses of medication, but they gave me a normal dose anyway. I hope it doesn't get worse.

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Comment from: me, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I hate cortisone injection or the pill they give you when you get a cold, prednisone. It makes my heart race, I can't sleep, am irritable, and my face turns red as a tomato. I tell them and they just give it to you anyway. I wonder if there is no alternative drug beside this wonder drug they think that it is. I have high anxiety also so it does not mix well with it. I do believe that in some people it could actually cause heart problems. Please submit this so maybe people like myself can get something else. I already take Xanax and it doesn't even help me when they give me steroids.

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Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I had a cortisone shot yesterday and today I was racing, cheeks were flushed and my arms have been itchy all day. Also, my eyes have a burning sensation in them. This was my fourth injection, two for my shoulder and two on my elbow. I do not recall this reaction with previous injections.

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Comment from: anita, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I had terrible pain in my hip and was thinking I needed hip replacement. Not so, it is bursitis. I got a cortisone shot and did not even feel him injecting it. The pain was 80 percent gone and getting better by the hour. I have my life back.

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Comment from: mld, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

I had a cortisone shot in the arch of my foot yesterday. The injection didn't hurt at all. There was some tightness throughout the day and I couldn't sleep last night maybe due to the shot or maybe a side effect. Today original pain has subsided but and I am feeling somewhat euphoric; another side effect perhaps, but all in all it seems to be working.

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Comment from: sandra, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I had a cortisone shot in my heel for inflamed Achilles tendon. I had horrible pain. The doctor didn't warn me. I actually cried out loud.

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Comment from: guin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I had a cortisone shot in my foot. I have an extremely high pain tolerance and it was one of the most painful things I have had done. Granted he had to twist the needle to work it through the scar tissue from my previous surgeries. I will never consider having it done again. It has not helped and I preparing for surgery number 3.

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Comment from: Egnalag, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I just had my first cortisone injection after a year of therapy and exercising my shoulder for osteoarthritis. I was so scared of the pain, but experienced nothing. No pain at all! I am feeling much less pain in my shoulder regained much of the range. I'm glad I did it finally!

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Comment from: DonnaDubbz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I am diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the right thumb. I had my first corticosteroid injection and literally sobbed and almost blacked out from the pain of the injection itself. I do have a high pain tolerance. I even accidentally had my daughter on my bedroom floor sans drugs, and didn't cry from pain. I have never cried from physical pain in all of my adolescent/adult years. I've never heard of anyone experiencing that intense amount of pain from an injection. Still no improvement for the osteoarthritis pain as of yet either.

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