Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

Comment from: Marg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had my first cortisone injection into my hip yesterday morning for bursitis. I felt great all day but pain was back that evening. Today there is no improvement, and I have been told it can take up to two weeks to have effect. No other side effects. I have had each hip replaced also.

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Comment from: eleanor, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I had a cortisone injection in my shoulder for rotator cuff tears, etc. The pain increased and the range of motion decreased; not what I expected. I also had short term nausea and tingling in my hand and wrist. My shoulder feels tight and heavy now, 2 days later. No insomnia though, I slept better than usual.

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Comment from: Lori, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I have had several cortisone injections in my right foot for plantar fasciitis and I always have instant relief and have no side effects. A few seconds of pain during the injection is well worth it. I have probably had 4 or so, one every 7 months or so and will keep having for as long as I need to.

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Comment from: Lulu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had the cortisone injection for tendonitis 6 weeks ago. The day after I felt like I had flu, aching and sweating, pounding headache, and queasy stomach. Symptoms lasted 3 weeks, and I have been ok for 2 weeks, now the symptoms are back again.

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Comment from: Helen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I had severe hot flashes for about a week after the injection. But the injection worked and provided a relief. I had 6 injections in 1 year, 3 epidural and 3 sacroiliac. First relieved all pain for about 3 months. Second helped for a shorter time and the third was semi helpful. It has been 7 years and I am left with some manageable pain. Doctors did not want to do a repeat.

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Comment from: blood sugar rx, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 04

Two people counting myself found that the cortisone shots affected our blood sugar. The day before my blood sugar was at 156 and went up to 198 next day and up to 274 the next day.

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Comment from: Lelia M, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I have had two cortisone injections in left knee, three in right, two in the back, one in the shoulder. The only side effects have been very flushed face for several days, and palpitations. I am not sure about the sleeplessness as I rare sleep with pain anyway. For me, they are life savers and, although I know I am headed for knee replacements, they have bought me lots of time.

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Comment from: doglady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I had a cortisone injection for knee pain and noticed the following week that my big toe nail was falling off for no apparent reason. There have been no changes in diet or medication, other than the cortisone, and no trauma to the toe.

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Comment from: Landis789, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I have had many cortisone shots but never in my knee replacement. About 20 minutes after my injection into the bursa below my knee I couldn't move my knee or lift it and the pain was/is intense! I called the doctor and he said it is normal sometime for a few hours and even a day. I am on my couch with ice and crutches something is wrong! My knee is frozen. I suppose I know why now I had to sign a form for the injection! If I can't walk in the morning I will have to go to the hospital.

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Comment from: Maize, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I received a cortisone shot in both knees last Wednesday for bone on bone arthritis and meniscus tears in both knees. Several hours later I had a really bad headache in my forehead over the eyes area and developed a stomach flu. I still have a spot headache occasionally and nausea off and on. I called my osteopath doctor and they said my symptoms could very well be from the shot. Knees have been feeling much better since then though.

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