Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience

Please describe your experience with a cortisone injection.

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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Comment from: PL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I have been suffering from bronchitis, coughing, and acid reflux for weeks. The doctor gave me a cortisone injection in the right hip. It was not painful. This was on a Friday. Saturday morning when I got up to do my normal household cleaning, I noticed my legs were very weak. I began to feel tired and weaker as the day progressed. By Saturday night my sciatic nerve was inflamed and irritating my lower left back area down my left leg. My left knee was painful. I did not sleep well that night and Sunday the pain in my back, leg and knee was extreme. I was tired, ill, and experienced an 8 pain level with a swollen, numb left knee. It was difficult to move, walk, and even lie down. I could not work on Monday because of the sciatic pain in lower left back, hip, and down to the knee. My knee is still swollen and numb. I am also having muscle spasms in the left leg. My mood has been depressed and anxious. Appetite and taste are not normal. I'm not sure if I will be able to work tomorrow. I will not have another injection. I have been miserable since the shot. It was not worth it. I'm not sure how this will unfold.

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