Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

Comment from: Marlee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I received a cortisone injection in my wrist for temporary relief of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Within 36 hours I had facial flushing and headaches. Day 4 I'm still having both of these side effects. Today is day 5 and I woke up with a headache. My wrist pain and numbness has improved significantly but I am not sure if it was worth the side effects.

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Comment from: garry, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

I have had 4 shots in my back L4 - L5 in the last 3 months. I had no problems at all with the first 3. It's now 7 days since the last one. I have had no relief, in fact the pain has increased. I am suffering now with my breathing, my heart is beating 10 to the dozen, and I am having hot flushes and just keep feeling like I am going to pass out! I have decided I will never have another injection again.

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Comment from: pat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I have had cortisone injections for years and now the last two times (within a year) I had a very unpleasant side effect of a bad headache within 12 hours of the shot and cortisone flush of my face/neck/upper chest. My lips felt tingly so I took some Benadryl. My doctor now says I should never have another.

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Comment from: dilla, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I had cortisone injected in my lower thumb for pains and have since suffered muscle loss and pains in my tendons. I would be very cautious of this treatment. It has been over seven months since the injection. I noticed the muscle loss a few weeks after the injection and I have been trying to improve with exercise but with no joy. There has also been skin thinning. I am very upset of course and wish I could know of how to improve this.

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Comment from: TA, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 04

I had a cortisone shot for rotator cuff pain yesterday. The shot wasn"t too painful. When I was home later in the evening and at night, my arm hurt more than it did previously, but today it"s starting to feel better. My only reaction, minus the brief increase in pain, is that I feel some minor muscle fatigue in my body today and some joints seem a little achy. Overall, not a problem with a positive outlook for the future.

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Comment from: Allie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had 2 cortisone shots in one foot for neuroma type pain, on 6 January. That"s heaps better, but since then my blood sugars have gone higher which is bad because I"ve been type 2 for 10 years managing it by diet, I have cut carbs more and yet it"s worse. My periods since have only been 3 weeks apart as well. They said it could affect my sugars for a short time after, I"ve since read that some people are permanently affected. If you"re diabetic or have a family tendency, I suggest you research it well.

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Comment from: unlucky, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 26

A week ago I had steroid injections to my shoulder. The injections themselves did not hurt but two hours later the pain was the worst pain I've ever had. I just wanted to chop it off. I couldn't sit, lie down or even walk without it hurting. Two days later I went back to the doctor who said this is unusual to have so much pain after this and prescribed me tramadol, ibuprofen and paracetamol to take, which to me was worrying to be taking so many pain killers at once, and told me to go back if things have not changed in a few days. I'm now on day 7 and although it now just aches when sitting I still cannot lift my arm without severe pain; I have to use my other arm to lift it. I'm in worse pain now than I was before I had it done. I will be going back tomorrow I need to get back to work as soon as possible as I'm self-employed but at the moment no way can I do my job when I can't even move my arm. I will never have this done again.

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Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I had my first injections in my knees in December 2012. The doctor told me there were virtually no side effects. I had my second round of shots in both knees last month, January 2014. About 4 hours after the injections I started hurting from the waist down terribly. Tylenol or ibuprofen wouldn"t even touch the pain. The pain finally went away but I had night sweats for over a week and was very irritable. I have had indigestion and my taste has been off. My blood pressure was higher than it usually is. On the plus side my knees feel great and even my back doesn"t hurt. I went to the hand doctor today and he wanted to do an injection in the base of my thumb for bone spurs and arthritis but I told him I was going to wait. I am just starting to feel back to normal from the shots I had three weeks ago.

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