Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

What side effects (if any) did you experience with your cortisone injection?

Comment from: Suzy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

After each injection of cortisone for back pain, within three weeks I have developed boils on my buttocks. The doctor has told me that this is unrelated because any reaction would be at the injection site. I feel this is more than a coincidence!

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Comment from: Bum knee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I"ve had a few cortisone shots in my tailbone for bursitis, and yesterday, I had my 3rd cortisone shot in my knee. I had surgery 7 months ago for torn meniscus, but they discovered osteoarthritis on the same knee. Last night I was so jittery, I had to take Xanax, which I normally don"t take at night. Even 2 whole Xanax did nothing for my panicky feeling. It was a little better today, but I still have a massive headache.

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Comment from: Silverwks, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

Within 24 hours my face broke out in an awful red rash across both cheeks and nose. It also had a feeling of constriction of the muscles in the cheeks.

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Comment from: Flippedout, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I received a cortisone shot today for tendinitis in my left shoulder. Although the shot itself did not hurt, about 20 minutes after the injection, my shoulder going all down my arm to my elbow is in a lot of pain. I hope it was worth it!

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Comment from: tex-rex mom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I just had shoulder cortisone shots in both shoulders due to bone spurs/arthritis. The right one was fine left one hurt badly. The left one is still bothering me a great deal, the right one no change. I had these in my knees and I tried the Synvisc injections and none of that helped so I don't know if it's going to take in my shoulders. My knees have got to be next ready for surgery, every step is bone on bone; and then I'll have to deal with shoulder surgery if these shots don't help.

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Comment from: yvonne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I had my second injection yesterday and 1st one a week ago. After the 1st one I was in pain but slept a bit better and got hot and cold; but after this one I felt like I was having a heart attack, very scary stuff. I have one more to look forward to on 18 Nov.

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Comment from: Grandma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

My sugar levels go up and down, also my blood pressure. It is four months since I got these shots in both shoulders and knee.

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Comment from: Ruth, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had one and now I have no pain but I have black facial hair growing on my face to the extent that I now have to go to the aesthetician every other week.

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Comment from: ann lee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

About five days ago, I received an injection for severe hay fever allergy symptoms. I have had these in the past, but not for a number of years. The hay fever symptoms are gone, but I have nerve-like pain in my low back area just below the waist (dimple area). It is difficult to take a step, and I feel like I am going to get muscle cramps in my legs. Not a very good trade off!

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