Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

Comment from: Ginger, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I had cortisone injections in both knees this morning at 8:30 EST 7/23/2016, and developed a severe headache which I still have at 12:20 AM 7/24/2016. I have taken ibuprofen, Tylenol, Advil, and nothing is working.

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Comment from: Jenny j, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I have had a total of 5 sterilized cortisone injections either in my hands or my spine. The last three have given me symptoms; red flush to cheeks and nose, extreme fatigue, stomach pains (pressure in upper abdomen and general bloating), pain at site of procedure. The most recent was in L4 L5 lumbar region, and it was a lengthy procedure, very painful. Following three weeks have been bad enough for me to decide I am no longer going down the route of steroid treatment. I hope this helps other patients.

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Comment from: CMP, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

Two days ago I received a corticosteroid fluoroscopic injection in my left hip. Yesterday morning, I woke up to feeling flu-like symptoms: hotness, nausea, tiredness, lack of appetite. This morning, I woke to a splitting headache which did not subside all day, even with ibuprofen (the only pain reliever that helps me). Now, I can't sleep. On the plus side, my hip pain is just about gone. The injection itself was not painful, but the Novacaine shots (4 of them) were. The injection site is still sore, but my joint pain is much better. Hope it lasts.

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Comment from: Robin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I am experiencing labored breathing after my cortisone shot. Also, I want to eat everything in the house.

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Comment from: trusty1, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

I got 2 cortisone shots, and the next day I not only experienced flushing but also got a bad case of the hiccups. I understand the flushing for which I used Benadryl, which is fairly normal, but the hiccups recurred several times during the day after treatment. They were pretty severe. I used packs of sugar to relieve them. The hiccups actually started during the night after the injections.

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Comment from: Liz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I have had multiple cortisone shots for trigger fingers, in both hands. I experienced numerous hot flashes, night sweats, indigestion, and insomnia within the first 24 hours. I did not suffer any of these side effects when I received injections previously. Hopefully these are side effects that will go away over the next few days. I am unsure if I will take this route again with injections or if I will just opt for surgery when they begin locking again.

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Comment from: linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I had a cortisone injection yesterday for a neuroma in my foot. I did not sleep well last night, my cheeks are bright red and warm and I have a headache. My foot is still sore so I don't think it has kicked in yet.

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