Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience

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Comment from: Nikki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I have a muscle pain for a week in my shoulder and I got a cortisone injection in my shoulder. Now my pain is worse and I can't even move without the stiffness in my neck. I hope that I get some relief from that painful injection. I massaged my neck and shoulder with Vicks and took Advil which works better I think. I am going to see what happen in a few days.

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Comment from: roysie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

I have arthritis of both knees and both are inflamed; this has gone on for around 6 months or more now. I had the injection in my right knee yesterday it was a bit painful when administered. I couldn't sleep last night and it was very sore as well. It is now the second day no relief from inflammation or pain yet. Side effects so far are loss of sleep and restless, I have dry mouth and am very thirsty. Hopefully they will all go away in a few days.

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Comment from: zkay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I received a cortisone shot Friday and a half an hour after on the road as I was driving, the pain was so bad I started to cry and couldn't function at all. I had to stop at a friend's house and call my husband for help. The pain was so severe, the physician assistant gave me two more strong pain medications to get over the weekend. I am not sure why this happened. I have to have more shots in a month and this brings a fear in me.

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Comment from: Bessie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I've had several cortisone injection in my shoulder, knee and back; the last ones were in my back, I never had any side effects. After the one I had in 12/2013 I've had a headache every day since. I am not sure it's the injection (maybe it is sinus), the day after the injection I was pain free for one week and then it was back, but not so bad. I'm scheduled for another injection 1/14. I hope for the best.

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Comment from: bubu, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I had injections in both knees 7 days ago, and have had several side effects. First, on the day of the injection, I sweated profusely for the rest of the day. The pain levels in my knees dropped dramatically, but now I am getting very sharp, short pains in both knees, and sometimes down the calves into the feet. I am still having some trouble with stairs, but overall do feel the injections were worth it.

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Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

Upon receiving a cortisone injection to my lumbar spine, I experienced an intensely severe burning to my genitals, rectum, testicles and penis. I was screaming and crying at the same time (and am a 59 year old male). Doctor gave no warning of what to expect. It was the first of a series of I don't know how many injections. I just had the second injection a couple of days ago (two weeks after the first described here) with the same experience, only difference this time was I expected it. I also have type 2 diabetes and immediately after the second injection (and to this day) have had an "unquenchable thirst; in the 24 hours following the second injection I have drunk two and a half gallons of milk, two two-liter bottles of diet pop, several 32 ounce bottles of Powerade Zero and at least a gallon of water. I experienced difficult, frequent and painful urination and severe pain in both sides where kidneys are located. I actually felt as if I might die last night.

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Comment from: Elena, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I had a cortisone injection for plantar fasciitis yesterday. The injection was painful although tolerable and I felt almost immediate relief in my sore heel. However, two hours later my foot started to hurt and I suffered from a throbbing pain all night. This morning the pain has somewhat subsided although it is still very sensitive and I am not able to walk more than short distances. I will not have another cortisone injection, but will use herbal means of reducing pain and inflammation that may take longer to work but carry fewer risks.

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