Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience

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Comment from: Felipe, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

I had extremely limited motion of right arm and big time pain in shoulder. I was told it was severe arthritis; surprised how quickly it took over. I had a shot of cortisone 2 weeks ago. Magic! I felt great within an hour, no other side effects. Now I am hoping that it will last at least 6 months as that's when the doctor said I may get another.

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Comment from: Lynash, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I had a cortisone injection in both wrists yesterday and by the evening the pain from carpal tunnel had eased. However today my face is very flushed and hot and I have a dull headache. This seems to be a reaction for a lot of people so I am hoping it resolves soon.

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Comment from: Char1982, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I had a cortisone injection in my left knee because of arthritis. The following day I noticed I had been urinating almost every hour, I couldn't stay away from the bathroom. I started having horrific muscle cramps, unbearable, I was shoving bananas down my throat like pills, I believed my potassium had been depleted, and it did help short term. Would the cortisone injection have anything to do with this, it's the only thing I could think of, I've never had a problem with muscle cramps and am not on a diuretic!

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Comment from: Linneta, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I wanted to share my experience, as the online comments I have read have helped me. I got the cortisone shot as my knee was hurting more (arthritis) four years after my meniscus repair. On day 1 I had a cortisone shot in my knee at 10 in the morning. By 1:00 I was feeling not so good at work and when I came home took my blood pressure (BP), which was 160/78 (I am usually 120ish/70 with a high of 145.75; don't take medicines). My heart rate was 109 (usually 65 to 78). If I did any exercise it went much higher (181/92, heart rate 120 at the worst), so I stayed quiet, but the heart rate stayed in the high 90s and BP was high 160/80 lying down. This went on all night, so I didn't sleep too well. I'm 67 and have heart disease, so I was a little nervous how long this would last. I also had a minor amount of heart arrhythmia with these spikes.

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Comment from: julie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had a cortisone injection into my hip yesterday. I can honestly say it wasn't painful at all. I had gas and air and a relaxing anesthetic and the whole procedure only took a few minutes. I suffer with arthritis of the hip and I felt immediate effects after. This is day 2 and I haven't felt this pain free for almost a year. I would definitely recommend it.

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Comment from: JR, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

Lavage of arthritic knee produced little fluid; steroid shot relieved all joint aches and pains but the one painful spot on my knee. The cortisone injection effects lasted about 2 weeks. Clearly not something I'd pursue. Physiatrist never recommended hyaluronic acid injection, which had been effective in the past. New physiatrist wondered why and is using the 3-shot protocol of hyaluronic acid again.

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Comment from: sonic1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I injured my left shoulder about 2 months ago. I was aggressively mowing my front lawn which has an embankment and pulling weeds from back lawn that were getting tree size. I felt what seemed like a tear or pop from left shoulder. I let this go on for about 2 months until I was in so much agony at night especially where I was switching sleeping positions all night. My husband, sick of my groans took me to an orthopedic surgeon. They x-rayed my shoulder and found lots of inflammation. I was given a cortisone shot approximately 36 hours ago. I had no relief and a rash developed down arm. I took Benadryl for that and it disappeared. I still cannot bring my left arm to even hook my bra in the morning.

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