Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

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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Comment from: jean, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I have many environmental and medical allergies, so I'm reluctant to try anything new. But about 6 months ago I began to have excruciating pain in my neck and left arm, like an almost constant electrical shock going all the way down to my fingertips; probably a pinched nerve, according to tests. I had tried an epidural steroid shot many years ago for my long-standing back pain, with little relief, but this pain was level 10, so I got an almost painless cortisone shot in my cervical spine. It was quite miraculous, stopping the shock-like pain the very day of the injection, and my only side effect was a short-lived headache and minor raising of my glucose levels (which subside about a week after each shot). I got a 2nd shot for the residual pain in my arm, again, great results. Decided to try it for my lower back, since that pain has gotten worse over the years, and not much pain relief, but I think the shot is responsible for the lessening of my many recurring leg and foot cramps, which are probably/apparently caused by my back issues. So, I hope to be able to get more shots as needed; when the pain gets to be unbearable, these injections can be a lifesaver!

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Comment from: ShirleyT, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I had a fluoroscopy-guided cortisone injection into my right hip joint yesterday. The procedure itself was not too bad, as the doctor used lidocaine to numb the injection site which was at the front, near my pelvic bone. The procedure took about 15 minutes start to finish. I felt fine until I got up. I felt dizzy, and tipsy, as if I had a few drinks. I sat down, then I had the sensation my tongue was swelling, but it wasn't. That only lasted about 20 minutes. I felt very thirsty. I then began to feel very cold, shivering. I was brought a blanket and sat under that for 30 minutes. I noticed that when I got dressed I had pain running from about the injection site into my groin when I tried lifting my leg. I needed assistance walking to the car and from the car into my home. On the 30 minute drive home, (I had a driver), there were several times I felt like bursting out in tears, not from pain, just like emotion, though I am not really a crier. When I got home I took a 3 hour nap and all of the symptoms described above disappeared. I did feel sort of weak, groggy and out of it the rest of the day, and after about 6 hours was feeling some pain in the hip and at the injection site. The doctor said that was a possibility, and I could ice it and take ibuprofen, as it could take 24 to 48 hours for the steroid to take effect. Today the grogginess and weakness are gone, and I feel a little tenderness at the injection site, and a little pain in the hip area. I took another ibuprofen and applied an ice pack. So far, the pain is not as bad as it was prior to the shot.

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