Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

Comment from: roadmstr, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I had cortisone injections on each side of lower back. First day I was nauseated and tired, second day was same, only felt like my face had sunburn and I was depressed. This is day 3 and I still have these symptoms. My back hurts worse than before. Never again.

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Comment from: MsNancyNC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I received a cortisone shot for sciatic pain yesterday and today my face was red and felt sunburned, now under my eye I've got some puffiness, on my right side of my body I have hot spots; it is really weird. Never again for me.

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Comment from: meredith, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

My most recent cortisone injection was in my knee about 6 days ago. I have been getting very little sleep, have had a bad headache for 3 days, feel a lot of nausea, and heart palpitations; also much anxiety. I have flushed face and shakiness. I have had numerous injections over the years. I guess I have reached my limit!

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Comment from: Sunshine, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I had a cortisone injection to my left shoulder three days ago. I didn't feel any instant relief or anything. By bedtime, I was in pain. By morning, I was in excruciating pain. I couldn't put on jeans, and it was hard to pull down my clothes to even go to the bathroom. Today, day 3, I was able to put on deodorant. I don't know what the doctor did, but I will never get one of those injections again.

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Comment from: Becky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I tore my bicep tendon but was misdiagnosed for a year before surgery for a tenectomy. It has been 1 1/2 years and I am on my second series of 3 cortisone injections. After the second injection in the second series I developed shingles in my face, upper respiratory infection and haven't had a healthy day in 6 weeks. I really feel that 5 shots in one year has caused my immune system to collapse.

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Comment from: sherry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I've had 2 steroid injections and had prednisone and methylprednisolone in the past 2 months. It has left me feeling very fuzzy and confused. I'm sleeping 15 hours a day and I feel just awful.

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Comment from: sally, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have had tendonitis in base of thumb and up the side of my wrist for past 2 years leading to trigger thumb. I also have rosacea. My thumb is feeling like it was hit by a hammer 3 days after the cortisone injection and I have a flare up of rosacea. I have been adding cool cloths to my face with no effect. Face feels like it is burning up! Next time I will go for surgery to have tendon sheaths cut!

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Comment from: Angel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had a cortisone injection in my lower back S1 L5 two days ago. My symptoms are dizziness, waves of extreme tiredness, feeling faint and I am a white as a sheet but my back feels amazing.

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Comment from: Joyce, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I have rheumatoid arthritis and had cortisone injections in both hips for bursitis. One day later I had very elevated blood pressure and had to go to the emergency room. My face was flushed and my temples pounding. I have had cortisone injections before and never had any side effects.

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