Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience

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Comment from: AGoldman, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I wonder if anyone else has experienced an increase in appetite. I get so hungry, and stay that way for a few days after cortisone injections. I have a lot of arthritis, and the only way I have found has been the shots, but I put on weight after the shots from being so hungry.

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Comment from: Gem, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I just had my cortisone injection in my right knee. And I didn't get to the waiting room before I lost my ability to walk. I was told give it a month. This pain is a million times worse. I cannot bear any weight on my knee. I have a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). But with my knee locking up the doctor is thinking meniscus tear. I have been suffering since 9/9/16. I am ready to give up. I have damage to L3 to S1, sciatica down both legs, and I fall a lot. Now this increase in my pain.

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Comment from: annyb, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I had a cortisone injection last week and I have been plagued with muscle cramps and terrible night sweats. The injections have helped my knee before but not this time. I think the pain will be something I will have to tolerate rather than waking up for a couple of nights with terrible leg cramps and drenched in water.

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Comment from: grandma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I have had 3 times steroid shot in my foot because of arthritis pain and it is hard to walk. The first 2 were not too bad. This last time my cheeks turned red for a few days, I was very warm, thought I had a fever, bad headache and my blood pressure went up. Maybe the doctor gave me a stronger shot. My foot is very sore. I take warfarin so the injection site bled for a while. I hope I won't need any shots for a while but it gets so hard to walk that I need them.

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Comment from: meseitel, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I had a cortisone injection yesterday afternoon, for knee pain. I woke up at 3 am with terrible headache, runny nose and nausea. Now it is 8 am and still symptoms continue. I also have chills and muscle cramps.

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Comment from: malcolm, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

Since having 6 cortisone injections in my chest 2 weeks ago the pain is worse than ever, and it feels like a burning sensation.

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Comment from: BigC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had cortisone injected on a Monday and that night my foot swelled up and ached, and my headache is not going away. My hand is swollen and my wrist where the injection was given feels broken. The doctor says it is normal!

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Comment from: Equines, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I had several cortisone shots. The one on the back of my hand was extremely painful going in. This shot set off an inflammation or something for 6 months. I could not use my hand and I could not sleep more than a couple hours. The one in my spine felt like my whole spine was exploding! Then, for 3 days I had the worst headache. It was so bad I went to emergency room, each day, and finally a doctor. They gave me a 'blood patch' to stop the leaking spinal fluid. My headache went away immediately, thousands of dollars later! The shot in my knee made it feel like it was exploding while they were injecting it and a few minutes after. I never got relief from pain, from my cortisone shots, in the different areas of my body.

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