Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Side Effects

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

Comment from: atrocks, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I had a cortisone injection in my right hip less than a week ago and since then have had hot flashes and difficulty sleeping for the past week but it is improving. My stomach is upset and I feel bloated and burp a lot. I noticed others had gastrointestinal symptoms too. I also feel a bit dizzy and out of it.

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Comment from: Lucy Lou, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I had a cortisone injection to my right hip this morning at 10.30 am. By 5 pm I had a raging headache. I am not one that gets a headache. I have drunk heaps of water and taken paracetamol with 30 mg of codeine. At 10 pm my headache has eased. My hip is throbbing, however! I was advised it may take up to 10 days to work! Fingers crossed!

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Comment from: Sherry, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I had a cortisone injection in my right knee. I have had severe pain for months. It has been two hours now and I feel great relief. I have no side effects, so I am delighted I had it done. This my second time. It helped a lot.

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Comment from: Merbat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

Monday I had a shot of cortisone in each knee. I have osteoarthritis in my knees, and have been overusing them, as my husband was recently diagnosed with cancer, and could not do much. A few hours later the pain and stiffness started, and my left knee (the bad one) felt like it would give out, I had to hold on to sit down. Then after sitting and working for 5 hours I got up and my lower legs and feet were very swollen; everything felt stiff like my skin might break apart like a sausage. Getting on the scale I also saw I had gained 5 pounds in one day! Today (Wednesday) my face was very red, cheeks swollen, and legs are still swollen. Then I had diarrhea, and I have history of inflammatory bowel. I would never have another set of these. Calling the nurse she got back to me and said it will go away. Why was I never warned of any side effects! I had had two previous shots, but only on the left knee, one at a time. Stress, pain, inflammation, and fear; I was/am feeling anxious, and fearful, never again. I have inflammation, redness, and swelling.

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Comment from: emagindat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I got a cortisone shot in my knee 2 days ago for arthritis pain and within minutes my knee started feeling better. However, the next day my face was red and hot to the touch and I felt like I was coming down with a cold. The other symptoms went away by last night but the face is still red; bring in the clowns!

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Comment from: Trish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I had a hip cortisone injection today and now at 9:00 at night I'm feeling really hot like hot flashes! I have had 3 back injections and found it was the same way with those! Just wondering if anyone else had experienced this. Maybe it is a side effect of the shot! I haven't read of this side effect anywhere.

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Comment from: KB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I had a cortisone shot a week and a half ago and have been suffering from headaches and anxiety since then. My pain has improved, so that's good. I've had cortisone shots before and not had this reaction.

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