Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

Comment from: Gillian, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

After having been told for eight years that I have diabetes almost to the stage of needing injectable insulin, my doctor performed a peptide blood test on me, found my insulin was very high, and that my diabetes is producing plenty of insulin! I am not diabetic, I am insulin resistant. Now I have to rethink my medications. Why am I taking glipizide and Januvia to force my pancreas to manufacture insulin if I already am above the normal scale for insulin!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Isabella, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had a cortisone injection in my knee yesterday which was fine, but today I have flushing of my cheeks and chest. I wonder if this is one of the side effects my general physician didn't warn me of any.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: bobolink, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had two cortisone injections into finger joints to relieve the inflammation of osteoarthritis. Two days later I noticed I was heading into a depression. I had been feeling fine and there was no other reason or trigger for the depression. Four days later I cannot shake the malaise. They don't tell you of this for local injections, though the link between mood and steroid use is well established.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Jaking, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I had a cortisone injection into my knee yesterday at 1:00. By 5:00 it hurt so badly I was crying. My whole body locked up (meaning all my muscles were tight and I couldn't get them to relax), and relaxing seemed to make the pain worse. But not relaxing was not helping either. I had to take 2 tramadol pain pills (left over from my knee surgery 6 months prior to injection), a muscle relaxer and 2 Tylenol before I had any relief. I was shivering, shaking and my teeth were chattering. I had no control over the shivering or chattering teeth. I checked in mentally and emotionally to see if I was having an anxiety attack or something but I don't believe I was. Internally I felt calm and my blood pressure and pulse were low/normal. I don't know if it was just a sever flare or allergic reaction maybe. Today my knee is sore and tight which is usual for me after an injection for a day or two. I left a message with my surgeon and physical therapist, I'm waiting for a call back.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Roxanne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

After experiencing knee pain that did not resolve after a couple of weeks I saw an orthopedic doctor and he ordered an MRI which did not show any tears. He gave me a cortisone shot in my left knee and since that time I have experienced extreme chest pressure during walking even a short distance (at a slow pace), and when riding my bike. I checked my blood pressure and it is running around 156/96. I did not experience this until after the injection.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: kathiemc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I had cortisone injections in both knees yesterday, and within a couple hours, developed a nagging headache. No amount of pain reliever will alleviate it.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Dwayne, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I had cortisone injection in my knee 36 hours ago with instant relief. However now I seem to be having an allergic reaction which must be like asthma. I have insomnia restlessness and trouble breathing.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Goldengirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I had one cortisone injection in my thumb 9 months ago with no side effects and great results. Yesterday I had injections in both thumbs. Five minutes later I had terrible aching in one arm, up to my shoulder. It went away after about 5 hours. This morning I woke up with my cheeks hot and red. At this point I am very hesitant to get any more injections. I was never provided any information on potential side effects by my physician. At this point I might just have the surgery in my really bad hand and be done with it. I don't want to go through this again.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Cortisone Injection - Experience Question: Please describe your experience with a cortisone injection.
Cortisone Injection - Knee and Hip Question: Share your experience with cortisone injections in your hip or knee.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors