Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

Comment from: PatW, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I am not sure if this is a side effect or not, but the last 2 times I have gotten cortisone injections I have suffered from awful headaches. I have had this one since right after the procedure at 10 am yesterday. It has now been over 24 hours. I have taken my pain pill, and tried Tylenol. I had to hold my head all through the night.

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Comment from: San, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I was diagnosed with a herniated disk on L 5. I had two cortisone injections. It helped the immediate severe pain but after a month I have severe pain in both hips and left foot. I am unable to walk normally and have constant pain. I wonder if this is avascular necrosis.

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Comment from: mj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had a lower back cortisone injection and the very next day my right hip was so painful I could barely put weight on it. It took 3 weeks for the soreness to go away and the back pain it was intended to treat remained the same and is now worse.

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Comment from: Miracle77, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I have injured knees from near-fatal car wreck. Orthopedic doctor gave me a cortisone injection. I never had the chicken pox, but grew up with brothers that did. I was going through very stressful time, so, the steroid shot with the chicken pox fact and stress fact perpetrated the shingles! Wow, what a knock down! I am thankful the blisters only popped out on 3 inch area of forehead and top of skull, really just like welts that were super painful, but the worst part is you get knocked down with flu symptoms; no energy, fever, and achy. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks, or sometimes more, to cure. Natural things like elderberry, echinacea, vitamins D3 plus K2 (7 HP), turmeric, lysine (amino acid to boost your immune system really helped), and Skullcap (liquid) to calm nerves are helpful. I called my doctor and nurse, they did not know to question patients if they were giving a steroid shot!

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Comment from: Sidney, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 11

I had a shoulder injection of cortisone. It has been effective at reducing swelling and pain. However, it has given me hiccups which have continued for days, interfering with sleep and normal activities.

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Comment from: Ethel, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had a shoulder cortisone injection two days ago. My face ears and nose are red and I have a headache and facial pain. This is the first time I have ever had a reaction. The pills give me red cheeks but not as bad as this.

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Comment from: Concerened, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

I have bursitis in my right hip. I've been receiving cortisone injections for the moderate to severe pain from the same doctor for six years and they've always worked but each time the relief doesn't last as long as the previous shot. The last shot only lasted 5 months so I received a new one last Tuesday on 2/2/16. It worked at first but 3 hours later I was experiencing intense burning shooting pain and it kept getting worse. I took Advil to help relieve the pain and inflammation but it didn't work. I went to the emergency room that night and they gave me a shot of morphine and 2 Valium so I could sleep and a prescription of Norco. My doctor has no answer as to what happened. I was laid up all day the next day and the pain was excruciating even with taking Norco every 6 hours. Two days later the pain is finally subsiding. I'm wondering what caused that adverse reaction. Maybe I'll never know.

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Comment from: vegdwk, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I told my doctor that I had bad reaction to prednisone. He said the cortisone shots stay in the knee and do not travel. They sure do! I had the worst headache ever, I could not sleep, could not breath, had mood swings, paranoia, and heart racing, When I called my doctor they said they never heard of any reactions to cortisone.

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