Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I got a cortisone injection to my right knee yesterday morning. By afternoon I had developed a headache that is still present this morning. I couldn't sleep last night and this morning my face is very flushed.

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Comment from: mr.C, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

I had a cortisone shot yesterday for shoulder bursitis. After sleeping for about an hour and a half I woke up with the worst pain I can remember having. My shoulder hurt and that is why I got the shot. I don't think I will ever get one again. The pain is so extreme that I haven't been able to go back to sleep since. It's been 36 hours so far. I hope the pain goes away soon. I feel like a zombie now. At least I was able to sleep before. Exercise caution getting this shot please!

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Comment from: chonch, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

After I got the cortisone injection in my elbow, I felt a little sore but nothing really bad. I went to sleep that night and at 3 am I got the hiccups for 5 hours. I couldn't sleep. I went to work where I had the hiccups for about an hour and it went away all by itself. Four days later my elbow is bright red like a tomato and it is very sore.

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

After receiving cortisone injections in my wrist/hand to treat de Quervain's tenosynovitis I noticed several months later I began developing small dark purplish bruises on that same wrist/hand without any significant bumping around the area. I had the injections almost 7 months ago and continue to get these bruises. I don't get these splotches anywhere else on my body so I assume they are directly related to the injections.

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Comment from: frank, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

Every time I get cortisone injection in my knee I get hiccups the next day, I wonder if it ever happens to others.

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Comment from: Teresa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I got a cortisone injection two days ago in my knee. Yesterday, my cheeks became hot and bright red, hot 101 degree hot. I feel tired, but am sleeping horrible. This is my first reaction like this. Hope it gets better soon.

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Comment from: YvonneBG, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I received a cortisone Injection in my wrist in January 2016. Ever since the injection I occasionally get large purple/red spots (bruising) in the general area of my injection. I do not hit my wrist or anything, these can be caused by something as simple as my sleeve rubbing against the skin. Currently I have some blotchy redness in the same general area of the injection (over a year later) with some sensitivity.

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Comment from: casandra, Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had a cortisone injection on my knee. My cheeks are red so it is obvious my blood pressure must be high. Also I could not sleep. I have tried to drink a lot of water to see if it leaves my system but two days now and no change.

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Comment from: DLH, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had a cortisone shot in my left knee. Only side effects were a sleepless night and headache. The knee feels better.

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