Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Knee and Hip

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Comment from: Retired Nurse, 65-74 (Patient) Published: March 22

I had surgery on my low back many years ago; a spinal fusion laminectomy. Only one side was fused. I was lifting heavy fish tanks and hurt my back bad! For 3 weeks I have had to be in bed or standing, could not sit at all. I could hardly walk due to the pain going down my leg from my back. He gave me 2 injections a cortisone injection and an anti-inflammatory shot. I went to bed at 11 PM. I woke up this morning in almost no pain. I'm in shock and so excited! I know this is temporary. Love it.

Comment from: Rebecca T, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I had 2 cortisone shots yesterday, one in each knee. My left knee Is better, just a slight discomfort at the injection site. My right knee on the other hand is so bad now, I can’t put any pressure on it; if I do, it buckles. I reminded the doctor at the time I had the injection done in my right knee that I had fallen a few days before, so I had a bone bruise but no fracture. And clearly it says that if you have a bone bruise, cortisone can make it worse, so I’m trying to figure out why she would’ve done that.

Comment from: Ms.Cee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

Going on day 5 after cortisone injections in my knee. I have a slight head ache and I never have headaches. I felt great after the injections, and the 3rd day I had chills, hot flashes and night sweats, but the knee is working a lot better and I have less pain. I have bone on bone osteoarthritis. I really don’t like the side effects.

Comment from: Sugar Bear, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

I got my first cortisone injection, with immediate relief. I try my best to avoid doctors, but my knee pain got too bad. From what he told me, pain relief should last three months or more... longer if I lose a few pounds, do knee/leg exercises, and avoid foods that increase inflammation.

Comment from: DarkAgeofMedicine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I have arthritis and bone spur in my hip, and I had cortisone injection 2 weeks ago. At the start of procedure it was uncomfortable but tolerable, then I had sharp pain, and they had to give me more numbing. I walked out and felt better for 12 hours. Then all bust loose. I thought it was a flare but I still bad pain and buckling and loss of strength of leg which I didn’t have before. I am now cane or walker-dependent, which also I wasn’t before. My ex-doctor had no explanation, said never heard of someone feeling worse. Never again.

Comment from: ConcernedDaughter, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 04

My mother received a cortisone shot in her hip yesterday. Right away after returning to her car her hip seized up and she could not drive herself home as she could not move. My father had to go get her and told the doctor, so they prescribed Norco (which didn’t make a dent). My mother says the doctor told her he used no local anesthetic! It was a painful process to get her to the passenger seat, and took her 2 hours to get inside. She ended up having an ambulance take her to the emergency room for pain management.

Comment from: Helena’s , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had knee pain for almost a year. I got a cortisone injection yesterday, the shot was pretty painless and I had instant relief. My knee feels great today and I’m delighted.

Comment from: Right hip cortisone, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

My right hip was injected with cortisone 6 days ago. The cortisone injection was very painful under local anesthetic. I was ok after, although my hip felt uncomfortable. A few hours after the injection, once I was home, the pain was extremely severe and I couldn't move my leg or walk on it. I was in tears as the pain was unbearable. I took Co-codamol and naproxen but this only settled 24 hours later. I googled my symptoms as I was not given any instructions from the doctors whatsoever. I had a cortisone flare!

Comment from: Sje, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

My first ever cortisone shot was in my right knee. I have nerve damage prior to this and the doctor used a freezing spray, so I never felt the needle going in to the joint. What I did feel was pressure in the joint with him pushing the cortisone in. Now it's been 6 days later and I have had my knee lock up twice and I have the same pain as I did before. Not only that, I can't sleep nights now, ugh.

Comment from: Anonymous, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I had cystoscopy because I had blood in my urine. I felt no pain. They numb the area using a syringe to push in a gel. It feels the same as holding the end closed with your thumb while trying to urinate. No pain, just a little cold at the end. Going in with the camera, there was no pain. It feels uncomfortable, I would say a 3 out of 10. Relaxing reduced that to a 1. It feels like you want to go urinate, but you don’t have too. Just relax. Let it flow out. Slow breaths.

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Comment from: Hockey777fan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

The needle really hurts going in and it feels like it is still in for about 30 minutes or so after the cortisone injection. I get relief for about 5 months though. I get them in both my knees.

Comment from: Carroll2, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 04

For over 10 years I have had cortisone injections for hip bursitis... and in the last few years the injections did not last as long, not even 3 to 4 months. Now I’m told that they are the worst thing for bursitis and cause bone thinning. I am in pain.

Comment from: Anne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

It's not the first time I had a cortisone injection, but this is the first time in my knee and after a couple of hours it has been the worst pain ever, the last 3 weeks. Since then my knee and leg feel really heavy and stuck in bent position, kind of paralyzed and very hard to lift, so I am not able to really walk on it. I have been taking pain killers but they don't help, this is the worst pain ever.

Comment from: Marie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

Lactose free milk caused my food poisoning. It has a shelf life of up to 6 weeks, until you open it - in very tiny print. It says drink within 7 days of opening - again very tiny print. My 1st clue should have been the fact that it has a 6 week shelf life! Very miserable, on 12th hour and still having issues. I am going to get a cow and start a garden, and grow my own. I have to definitely read all labels, they also need to be larger. Watch your guts people!

Comment from: blondie65, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had a cortisone shot in my knee yesterday. The doctor sprayed my knee with the numbing spray, but not even giving the spray time to numb my knee he pushes the needle in hard! Wow, and all he did was smile. Not only did my knee bleed a lot I'm in twice as much more pain. At least I could walk slowly, now I can barely walk. It is nonstop pain even while I'm sleeping. I am definitely changing doctors.

Comment from: Total , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I had a cortisone shot 6 days ago. I felt good the first two days, now 6 days later I am back in pain. I wonder if anyone else has the same experience.

Comment from: Kaylee , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I had a cortisone shot in the knee and hip. I can hardly bend my knee, but hip is fine. I wonder how long this pain will last in my knee.

Comment from: Leanne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

I am 54, and have fibromyalgia. I was given Depo-Medrol at my family doctor’s office, and he didn't tell me anything about what kind of side effects to could happen. So for 4 months now, I have thought, I had the flu, or a stomach virus. I have had migraines, blurred and double vision, my pain has never been as severe, anxiety, no sleep, stomach pain, and diarrhea every day. I only found out it was because of the cortisone injection at an appointment at a pain clinic I had. There was a pain plan on my chart, so I looked in to it, and that's how I found out.

Comment from: Ashley, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have a pretty high pain tolerance. The 1st cortisone injection he did was uncomfortable, the 2nd hurt horribly and the 3rd just slight discomfort. However I felt the relief instantly after he finished.

Comment from: Me, 65-74 (Patient) Published: April 29

I have had quarterly cortisone injections in my knee for at least the last 14 years. My orthopedic physician’s assistant (PA) is very skillful with a needle so I experience minimal pain at the time of the injection and I experience incredible relief for 12 to 14 weeks. My knee was injured in an auto accident 20 years ago. After 3 surgeries, the only real pain relief has been from these injections combined with 15 mg daily of meloxicam. My PA has stopped asking about a knee replacement. I’m not interested.

Comment from: JanetJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I had cortisone injection in my hip 7 weeks ago, 2 days after injection in my left hip, I developed pain in my left thigh, 2 weeks after that in chronic pain on the outside of my knee. I now walk with crutches and pain is unbearable at night and I can hardly weight bear on my leg during the day. Also, I am having to take sick leave from work. Pain relievers i.e., paracetamol, or anything stronger do not work. I have to have MRI scan to see what’s happening.

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Comment from: M D, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I had cortisone injection 13 months ago in my right knee. I have a tilted kneecap. Ever since, I wake up 2 or 3 times a night with hot flushed swollen face and hardly open eyes. I feel sick and have headaches. No one knows what's causing it. All doctors say injection reaction wouldn't last this long. I wonder if anyone had the same reaction.

Comment from: Pam, 45-54 (Patient) Published: April 02

I had a cortisone shot in my hip this morning. I had a horrible headache, face flushing and now terrible pain down my leg. Tylenol doesn’t touch the pain. I wonder when this pain will pass!

Comment from: Shannon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I had my first cortisone injection yesterday and my doctor did an amazing job, didn’t hurt at all. I did do non-weight bearing physical therapy yesterday and was very discouraged with my pain level last night which was 6/10. I woke up this morning and am pain free!

Comment from: gingeranne, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

Relieved to see I'm not alone! Six days ago I got a hip cortisone injection for a suspected torn labrum from 4 months ago and after lots of ineffective PT (MRI scheduled next month). The resident and radiologist were both present, and they said the fluid wasn't going where it needed to, so they did the process 3 excruciating times. Since then, the pain has been immensely worse and unbearable and am in general really miserable. There is no comfortable position for my body anymore. I am calling the clinic tomorrow.

Comment from: magneticmomma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

Twenty four hours after knee injection, I had flushed face and warm body. I'd had 4 other cortisone shots over the years with no reaction.

Comment from: Stephanie , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

Yesterday I had the doctor do a cortisone injection into my knee. Yesterday all day it was fine, but today I feel like I’m being stabbed in the joints in my hips, the back of my knee, and the injection site. I have muscle relaxers and anti-inflammation medicines as well as prescribed pain medicines; none of these ease the intense pain. I don’t know what to do, I’m in so much pain I need a new word for pain. I am basically holding my breath waiting for the flare to lift. No more of these for me. Ouch!

Comment from: OuchThatHurt22, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I had an ultrasound guided cortisone injection in my right hip for the first time about a month ago and I hope to never have it again! I couldn’t walk for 2 hours (the doctor didn’t tell me, just sent me on my way and I fell). When it’s cold I can feel the exact spot like he just took the needle out and I sweat like crazy in my sleep. Most concerning is, the pain stopped for two days but now I have new pain in my right buttock that is almost debilitating! I don’t know what it means and I can’t find any information, I’m scared!

Comment from: Isabel , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I sprained my knee ligament. I saw the doctor and the doctor told me to check with an orthopedic specialist after a month. The orthopedic doctor did not admit it was sprained and kept telling me I have osteoarthritis and offered me cortisone shot, and I kept declining the cortisone, because I never had knee problem at all. The orthopedic doctor applied the cortisone injection on the place where it was sprained. Two hours after, I end with severe pain in the knee and whole leg. Now I have pain from head to the toes. Cortisone damaged my nerves.

Comment from: ME..., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

For the first time I had a cortisone injection in my knee and after a couple of hours it has been the worst pain ever. My knee and leg feel really heavy and stuck in bent position, kind of paralyzed and very hard to lift, so I am not able to really walk on it. This is the worst pain ever.

Comment from: Joni, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I had pain for 3 years in my right knee, popping in and out, and swelling. I was unable to walk up and down the stairs normally, went sideways. I had my 1st Cortisone shot. Thought I died and went to hell first 48 hours and then oh my goodness! No pain. Feel like a young girl, holy cow. Why did I wait so long! Stubborn girl here.

Comment from: Sandi21515, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had both knees injected with corticosteroids a week ago. My knees feel better but I have symptoms I never experienced with previous cortisone shots. There's pain in both legs from hip to toe. It feels like stress fractures in my feet, my calves are rock hard and cramping up, and hips are sore. I have a massive headache, can't sleep, and am nauseous. I take Excedrin for the pain - to throw it right back up again. I'm scheduled for many more injections for my back, hip, shoulder... but I'm rethinking this decision.

Comment from: OMG pain, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I am 83 years old and had a cortisone shot in my left knee a few months ago. When given the shot the physician’s assistant used pressure to the knee and I was in extreme pain. I have been in extreme pain every day since. Aside from pain I feel a burning sensation and now several months later the pain is constant and is all around the knee. After the shot I was black and blue and had a mark for 2 months. I also experience numbness and it spreads down my leg. I was told I was too old for knee replacement.

Comment from: Minamum, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

First cortisone shot was a miracle, on 6/1/18, in the left knee only. I rested for two days. No pain for 3 months. Daughter got married on 10/13 so I scheduled 10/11/18 for both my knees. I was unable to rest and got just slight relief in pain on 10/13/18 with right leg horrible. Gradually the pain comes and goes up and down the muscles of my legs for 3 weeks. Today, 3 weeks, I can barely walk, having extreme anxiety, slight headache, and problem sleeping last few days. Thankful I am not alone!

Comment from: Steve’s Mom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I love cortisone. I had shots in my right shoulder every 4 months until I had my rotator cuff repaired 2 years after the injury. The pain would be gone for 4 months at a time. Never any pain or side effects from the shots. I had cortisone injections in both knees and they remained pain free for 8 years. I do high impact Jazzercise and had no problems till last month. I had the cortisone shots in both knees today and went right back to work.

Comment from: Giggles, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis in neck, shoulders, back, wrist and knees. I fell so I went the emergency room, where they took x-rays and only saw the arthritis. So anyway, my left knee was still in a lot of pain so doctor on 10/19 gave me a cortisone shot on the side of my knee for a strained meniscus. Now it is 11/3, not only am I still in pain, I now have extreme stiffness, I don't know if this is a side effect or not, but I won't be having another cortisone shot, that's for sure.

Comment from: Rosa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

Every time I get a hip cortisone injection, 4 months later each time the pain is worse. I have more pain in that area and Advil won’t help with the pain. I wonder if there is more damage done to my joint.

Comment from: Patience, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

I had fluid drained from the knee. It hurt like badly. Then I had a cortisone shot. On the way home I was sweating my brains out, and was sick to the stomach. After soaking in Epson salt I read no baths or tub soaking for two days!

Comment from: Gill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had a cortisone injection in my hip on Thursday. I was fine Friday but yesterday and today I can't walk, for the pain in my knee in unbearable. Wonder if anyone else has experienced these symptoms.

Comment from: kvaught, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I had a cortisone shot in my right knee on Wednesday at noon. It is now 3:30 am Saturday morning and I have not slept more than 3 hours since. I have terrible nighttime hot flashes and have lost my appetite. I have had cortisone shots in the past in my knees and fingers with no side effects like this. I need to go to sleep.

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

I have been getting cortisone injections for years in both hips and knees. Two years ago in December 2015 and April 2016 I had both knees replaced. I have had no pain since thankfully. I get hip bursitis shots and they work immediately for me, but last 8 weeks. I have great fluidity in range of motion, no problem, just the side, buttock and legs hurt with symptoms. The cortisone shots make me feel younger for about two months. The long steps I see in pain are torture till shots, then it is a breeze.

Comment from: Rhonda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I got a cortisone injection in my knee today. Great orthopedic physician. It took less than minute. Easy. Pain disappeared in 2 hours. I'm walking comfortably with zero pain and not limping nor wearing brace anymore. The only side effect was insomnia. Hopefully I'll get a better night’s sleep tonight. I believe an excellent professional with a stellar background from top notch medical universities is the key to best care, diagnosis and results. Choose wisely.

Comment from: Lend , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I got a cortisone shot in my right knee yesterday. Everything was ok, then last night my leg started to fall asleep. It still falls asleep and I wonder if it is normal.

Comment from: Missy0163 @aol.com, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I had a hip replacement and still had pain. This Tuesday the doctor gave me a cortisone shot, with which I was fine for a day and a half. It started with a twitching, burning and shooting pain. I can’t put any pressure on the leg, because the pain is unreal. I have to lie down and put no pressure on my legs in order not to have pain. The pain is intense when I stand up. I don’t know what to do. Doctors have no idea what happened.

Comment from: Devastated, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

On July 13, 2018 I had a cortisone shot in my right hip. Two days later I was in severe pain and haven't walked since nor have I been without unbearable pain. The orthopedic surgeon I went to before and after the shot insists they did nothing wrong. But really! I got an MRI and all this doctor said was my hip has deteriorated and I have osteoarthritis. Wouldn't the x-rays before the shot have shown how bad it was? Why get the shot at all! My hip replacement surgery is scheduled for August 23.

Comment from: Gitana, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I am a 71-year-old female who's quite active. In 2016 my homocysteine level was 7.9 which is normal. Within a year it went to 9.3 while taking both B12 and folate. In the last three months I increased my B12 to 1000 mcg, folate to 5000 mcg, B6 to 100 mg, and riboflavin (B2) to 25 mg. On the new doses various aches and pains disappeared and I no longer need ibuprofen 2 to 3 time per day. Last week I rechecked my homocysteine and it dropped from 9.3 to 6.7 and my C-reactive protein went from 2.0 to 1.5.

Comment from: Bigboo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

For years now I’ve been putting up with the pain in my knee. My doctor has tried different methods and only short term help unfortunately. So about a month ago I went to see a doctor and my knee has gotten worse so she thought I should try a cortisone shot. I was worried about getting it. I got the appointment and I googled everything possible to put my mind at ease. Appointment day came and so I went and I tell you it was amazing. I have been able to walk and do stairs with no problems.

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

I had a lot of cortisone shots in my hip for pain, and the pain specialist ordered an x-ray. I discovered I had no hip, no option but total hip replacement, and it is one month after surgery now! I wonder if the steroid shots caused deterioration of the hip.

Comment from: Siffering, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

Oh goodness, the pain! Three weeks ago I went in to get the cortisone injection in my left knee and back as usual. I asked the doctor to do my right knee since I was feeling a little pain. I have a busy summer full of work, so I thought why not. I now can barely walk and have been off work for two weeks and counting. Not sure what I am going to do. I need to work. I'm also up all night and have to use a cane. What I use to call my good knee is the worst, it feel like it being drilled into. This is a nightmare.

Comment from: Olderbutnotwiser, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I have been getting cortisone shots in my knees for years due to osteoarthritis. I am allergic to the lidocaine they put in the shot. I immediately turned bright red from head to foot the first time I got a shot. Now I specifically tell them no lidocaine. Today I went to get a shot in both knees but had bruised up my left knee in a spill and only got one in my right knee. For the first time, I got hot flashes and a severe cluster migraine. I haven’t had either one of these in almost 10 years. This is the first time I have had this happen after a shot and didn’t put it together until I read everyone’s post. Glad to know how common it is and equally glad to know it will pass soon. I’m also unable to sleep as I am typing this at 1:45 a.m. holding an ice pack to the back of my head!

Comment from: Bahri Jatinder, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I had my first cortisone injection in December 2017 because of knee osteoarthritis pain given by a private orthopedic doctor. After the Injection my pain disappeared for 2 or 3 months, but the pain started again. My new public doctor gave me second cortisone shot in early June 2018. It was very painful when injected, but after Injection the pain did not go away, rather it got worse and now the pain is all around my knee bone and walking is very difficult. I had words with my new orthopedic doctor and explained to him about the constant pain and he said cortisone is not, right rather he insisted on exercises and swimming. I am shocked with his treatment and my suffering is increasing all the time. I am insisting on replacement of the knee.

Comment from: jem96195r, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I started getting pain on the inside of my knee which was diagnosed as osteoarthritis. I was given a decreasing dose of prednisone. At first it was great, no pain, but when I go to 1 tablet a day, I started with pain. I got a cortisone injection and now it is constant pain. I don't understand why I got injection on top front of my knee when it is the inside of the knee that hurts.

Comment from: John, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 13

I had my cortisone injection with the help of an arthroscopic camera, almost 2 months ago. It was like turning off a switch; the pain disappeared immediately! Before the shot, I was using a walker and a cane on good days. I haven't needed a cane in 7 weeks. I know miracle is a strong word, but I couldn't describe it any other way. I fear that the pain may return, but for now, it is life changing!

Comment from: Baba, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I had a cortisone injection in my knee. Before the injection I was walking about 45 minutes with little pain. Now I can't even take a few steps without pain. Sleeping is more painful than it's ever been. I'm sorry I had the injection! I'm wondering if the doctor hit a nerve or something. The injection was so painful I stood up on the bed and cried with pain and tried to grab my knee! Never again in the knee.

Comment from: Nic , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I was examined by ultrasound and found to have arthritis in both knees. My left knee had suddenly become very stiff and I was not able to bend it. My chiropractor gave me an injection of a low dose cortisone with anti-inflammatory drug, and by time I got home it was worse pain and the knee was popping out of joint and incredibly painful in a worse way. I have no way of walking without it doing this. I was sent to get a brace fitted but it’s not helping. I am most upset.

Comment from: Steve, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 06

I have had several cortisone shots in the past, in my shoulder, heel and knee and they all helped with the pain. I just received an injection yesterday though and I am having more pain than I had before I went in. Also, for the first time, I had some bad reaction, dry heaves, body felt real hot, some itchy dry skin feeling. I will definitely be calling the doctor to see what they can do for me.

Comment from: Christina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I have had iliotibial band pain off and on. My chiropractor usually gets rid of the pain. This time, the pain moved. I went to see an orthopedic doctor and he took x-rays and told me it was all caused by my knees and that I was bone on bone. He suggested cortisone injections which I received. The pain is now in places in and around my knee that it wasn’t before. I am in constant pain now. I would never get injections again!

Comment from: Kym, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had cortisone shots every three months, but today is different. Today even though the doctor numbed it before the injection, afterwards it is throbbing painful when standing. I have it elevated and will try ice on it. It’s funny, my other knee had shot and it is better.

Comment from: Rea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I was just standing in my doorway, watching for my grandchildren to come home on the bus, when I was stung by a red wasp on the hand just above my wrist yesterday around 3:30. It hurt really badly then shortly after, it started itching, hurting and swelling from my fingers to my elbow. Symptoms lasted throughout the night, I took cetirizine, used cortisone lotion, then Benadryl, and also iced it. Today it is still swollen and the irritation hasn't changed. I am miserable. Thank you and have a great day.

Comment from: Heartbroken, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I walked into my sports medicine doctor’s office a year ago with just a limp in one leg. He gave me cortisone shots and I almost passed out from pain; I barely made it back to my car. I can no longer walk normal, I have to use a cane and have had pain every day since the procedure. He had the nerve to try to get me to set another appointment. I refused and will never go to them again; they took my ability to walk from me and I will never forget that I have to live with this every day of my life now.

Comment from: Mutch54, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

Use ice after cortisone shots not heat to reduce inflammation. You should apply the ice for 15 minutes, take off and repeat in about 30 minutes. I’ve had many of these in my knees and it’s what my orthopedic doctor recommended and it does help.

Comment from: Needluck, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I had a cortisone shot three days ago and my knee is worse now than it was before the shot and it looks like one side of my knee has collapsed. My knee is huge, the doctor won’t even look at my knee to find out what is wrong. He just gives me a shot or tells me to take Aleve. I already do that and he says there’s nothing more he can do.

Comment from: Chris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

Yesterday, I had a cortisone shot in my knee due to pain and inflammation. I put heat on it at home for 30 minutes. I was in so much pain I could not get up and walk after that. I then put ice on the front and back of my knee and it worked wonders. No pain today. I am now having severe flushing to the face.

Comment from: Michelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I had cortisone shots in both of my knees yesterday, and woke at 2:30 AM unable to go back to sleep. I had headache, flushing of my face, and was feeling like something was stuck in my throat, and heartburn. I have had previous shots with no problems at all. On a good note, my knees are feeling pretty good.

Comment from: Chances, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

Christmas Eve I received a cortisone injection in hip. I didn't feel the needle at all, wasn't sure he administered a shot at all. Three minutes later, hip pain was very bad; I began rubbing my hip trying to relieve the pain. This shot was for upper respiratory infections, inability to breathe, wheezing from lungs. Next day, hip stopped me from moving around, standing upright, walking, etc. A couple of days later I had an appointment with a chiropractor. He was not able to touch me anywhere, I was completely stopped over, in severe pain. His office staff phoned my doctor and insisted he take me in for another steroid shot and drove me to his office. The nurse noticed a large bruise on my hip and it's still visible. I've been back to chiropractor, 2 times a week since then and I'm better but walking or standing is now limited to 5 to 10 minutes. I've got a long way to go. Makes me wonder what was in that shot!

Comment from: vwbug, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

I received a cortisone injection in my hip. It does not seem to help at all, only gives me leg cramps every hour at night and I urinate a lot.

Comment from: bertrum, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I had a cortisone injection in my hip. I felt the usual pinch and then pressure. Then I felt extreme pain. I was screaming and asking him to stop. He said it was almost through. After the injection, I felt a sharp horrific pain as if he ripped my leg out of the socket. I was thrashing around, crying and screaming. It felt like the leg was out of the socket! He told me to relax and I told him to help me turn on my side to give support to my hip and leg. I took several minutes to calm down and he was trying to help me walk. The next day, instead of feeling a bit worse as other shots have for me, it felt better. Then 2 days after, the pain was worse than when I went in. I can't put my own sock on that foot! Getting in the car is so painful and I can't walk very much. I can't raise my leg without pain and assistance. I went to my chiropractor who will now be treating me for a bit. She calmed down the iliotibial band a bit, but the actual hip joint in front is in bad shape. Not sure what happened. The doctor didn't call to see how I was doing and I won't be going back! Never again will I have the injections n in my hip unless I am sedated.

Comment from: emag, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 19

I had cortisone injections (one each) in both knees. Short term side effects are rapid (but not scary rapid) pulse, hot flashes, soreness, mild pain, and weakness in upper body muscles; I recently worked heavily in the gym (pecs, deltoids, and biceps). By two weeks, all side effects vanished, my knees feel like they did 10 or 15 years ago. I'm 62 and feel like I did in my late 40s. I was made aware of possible side effects, the upper body muscle pain was a surprise but it only lasted a day. I am again able to ride a bicycle at exercise level and do strength exercises for my knees. Very happy with the results of the cortisone injections.

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

I have had cortisone injections in my knees, hips, elbows and shoulders, probably over 100, over many years. I had a cortisone shot in both hips today. My right hip instantly hurt, left was fine. It throbbed all the way home all the way down to outer ankle. I tried to lie down and both outer calves on both legs throbbed and were painful. Now I cannot walk, the right leg has something like a kink in the hip, and I can't put any pressure on it. I wonder if I should use ice or heat. I also have a TENS unit, I put one pad on back of leg and one on front of leg with the sore hip in between.

Comment from: Janet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I have bone on bone in both knees but right knee hurts the worse. Pain medications haven't helped much so I got my first cortisone injection in the knee 3 days ago. From my knee down it was numb; no pain but numb. I have high blood pressure and take 2 pills a day to control it. After the shot my blood pressure (BP) has remained extremely high for the last 3 days. I can't get it back down to normal. I have bad headaches and insomnia. I called the doctor and they said to talk to family doctor because cortisone shots don't make your BP go up. Not sure they know what they are talking about. I haven't had any problems with BP till I had that shot.

Comment from: Broken Dancer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I received my first cortisone injection ever on Tuesday afternoon, for an inflammation and tear in the hip joint. On Wednesday my hip hurt more than before the shot and I had hot flushes and red cheeks in the evening. Thursday was actually quite normal, but today Friday, the hot flushes are back. I look like a tomato and it's embarrassing. I hope this side effect won't last much longer.

Comment from: Ronj, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 20

I am 80 years old and have been taking cortisone shots three times a year for four years. The cortisone is a miracle drug. I have severe arthritis and almost bone to bone. After the shots the pain is almost all gone. After the shots wear off I can barely get out of a chair. After the shots I am active again.

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

My first and last experience with hip cortisone injection. I had immediate nauseous feeling which continued for several days, hot sweats, severe pain in my whole body, headaches, extreme kidney pain, facial rash, plus I was freezing, shaking with cold.

Comment from: Fran, 55-64 (Patient) Published: July 13

I was given my first cortisone shot in my knee to relieve pain, one year following a fracture in my tibia bone at the knee joint. Shortly thereafter I had pain in the foot on that same leg. Now I have a ruptured tibialis posterior tendon that is not healing and surgery has many risks. So what was a knee issue is now something that has made walking very difficult. We are recently retired with many of our dreams for our senior years lost. I was not warned of the risks of cortisone shots and wish I'd never had it.

Comment from: goulot98, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I got a cortisone shot 21 days ago. The doctor said that the pain would go away in a few days. It did; for a couple of days my knee did not hurt at all. After that it started hurting as much as before, for a few days; then the pain went away. Three days ago, I was about to work three hours in the garden (transplanting tomatoes and eggplants; turning the ground to plant beans, etc. So I am ok, except for the rash that I have around, and mostly on the back of the affected knee. At first I thought I was allergic to the knee brace I had been wearing; however, without brace for several days the rash is still there, but not as bad as at first (at first it looked like hives; now it is just red). I expect it will go away. Since it does not hurt, I did not bother to call the doctor.

Comment from: StarFlower, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I came here to review other folks after cortisone injection reactions to see if any of the ones I seemed to be having were common. It is 5 days post injections of cortisone to right knee for meniscus tear. I had extreme red cheeks and low grade fever and dull headache for two days, shortness of breath with exertion for 3 days. I am still having racing heart, and anxiety in my gut that is horrible and causing a bit of nausea, insomnia and feelings of dread. The first two days I was also freezing and starving which now is only sporadic and not constant. I also called my osteopath who told me that none of my reactions were from the injection, which I now think is hogwash. I just want it to be over with already!

Comment from: Rebcox, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

There is literally no cartilage left in my knees. I have been getting corticosteroid/steroid injections for about 4 years, every 4 or 5 months. My last two didn't seem to work as well but the injection do make a huge difference. I go from descending stairs one at a time with a death grip on the handrail to being able to carefully go down without handrails. Side effects for me are headache and insomnia for a few days. Next I hope to get insurance to approve hyaluronate gel injections. Several names make up the 'Visc' drug. It is known to last longer than steroid injections. Stay upright everyone and stretch those joint muscles.

Comment from: Jane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

Tomorrow will be one week since I got cortisone shots in both shoulders. I had terrible headache 6 hours later. I still have headache and nausea. I was up all night after the shot, vomiting, dry heaves, shaking, and scared to death. This is third time for shots. Every time I suffer with vomiting violently, high sugar, shaking, and nausea. I was in bed all day the second day. No sleep. I am finished with these shots. Being dehydrated, vomiting, high sugar, no sleep, suffering alone and scared; it's not worth it.

Comment from: lleichenberger, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I got severe headache with cortisone knee injections. I received cortisone shots in both knees this morning; now I have a headache that even 2 extra strength headache capsules won't touch. I think last time when I just had on one knee I ended up with headache too, but not this severe. I did Synvisc 6 months ago with no relief from the pain. This is awful!

Comment from: ANGEL, 75 or over (Patient) Published: January 23

I received a cortisone shot in my left knee today. This evening I started experiencing foot and shin cramps. It happened before when I received a cortisone shot in my left toe several weeks ago.

Comment from: Sanlaw, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have been receiving cortisone shots to both my knees every 3 months. They have worked very well for relieving the pain. My problem is every 3 months is too long. I feel I need them more frequently.

Comment from: Vegasgirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I had a cortisone injection in my knee 5 days ago. On the second and third days my leg was hurting so bad I had to use crutches. Yesterday and today my leg is on fire, but not red or swollen. Also when I stand I have the sensation of cold water running down the lower leg. Also my blood pressure has been high, 179/90. I wish I had never had this shot.

Comment from: larrym3711, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I just had a cortisone shot in both knees. I had immediate relief and walked out of the doctor's office pain free. Later the pain resumed somewhat, but not much. I need 3 or 4 more days for the final kick-in of the medicine. The shot was painless and I had no other after-effects (swelling, additional pain, etc.). I slept well the first night and am resuming most of my normal daily activity pain free today. I am otherwise in good health and not allergic to anything.

Comment from: tookie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I received a cortisone injection in my right hip on December 23, 2016. The injection was not painful and I had immediate relief. That evening I started with flu like symptoms; flushing in my face. I thought I was running fever. I had normal temperature. At bedtime, I had headache, nausea, flushing, insomnia, sour stomach, lack of appetite, and high blood pressure. This is the second time in 2 years that I had this injection in my hip. I did not experience the side effects the first time.

Comment from: Fran, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I injured my left knee and had to get steroid injections. When the doctor administered my cortisone shot in my left knee, it was virtually pain free. I sat on edge of table and hung my knee over. She just inserted the injection in the middle of my knee cap and it was fine! No pain. Yesterday I had to return for another shot after 6 months. I got the doctor's assistant. She laid me down on the table, and mixed the shot there in the room and injected it in the side of my knee. It was on the good side that she injected. It was very painful. I had mentioned that the doctor had just sat me on the table and injected it that way. Well, she said, I have my own method. I will not return to her again. I will have the doctor administer the shot.

Comment from: free93, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had the corticosteroid hip injection. It was all around positive experience. An hour after the procedure, I did 2 hours of yard work and felt great! I was pain free for 4 months.

Comment from: Jeff, Published: September 27

While working on the farm I was using my right leg as a tool to apply pressure on an object which needed moving but had a great deal of resistance. I felt as if I had been shot and honestly believe I heard my hamstring pop. The pain was unbelievable and I remember thinking of the football players I have seen double in pain from hamstring injuries on TV. I understand why they are sometimes carried off of the field on a stretcher following such an injury.

Comment from: cbg11111, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I had cortisone injections into my left knee for inflamed bubble in my knee. It was very painful for the next day or so, then when it subsided it was pain free. Now when I run, the pain is worse and more spread out in the knee.

Comment from: Pjane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I had a cortisone injection in my hip last Monday and excruciating pain followed immediately. This continued all night. After 6 days I had no relief whatsoever, and side effects include red face, itching all over the body, total lack of sleep for 3 days, psychotic episodes, deep depression, suicidal thoughts, and now to top it all my joints are so loose I can hardly stand and I appear to have slipped a disc in my back just washing my hair.

Comment from: tresa c., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I have a torn meniscus, and arthritis in my knee so I had a cortisone injection yesterday, the 27 of July. The injection site was sore, but not anything I couldn't handle. I did however have a headache all night, couldn't sleep, and my blood pressure was high. I take medicines for high blood pressure, but it didn't help much. I felt achy all over, and had hot flashes so bad that I had to have a fan blowing directly on me all night. Today I feel somewhat better. Knee isn't as sore, blood pressure is ok, and I am not as hot as I was last night. I did take a nap today, and felt like eating. Headache is slight, and less pain in my knee. Not sure if I will have another shot or not because of the side effects, but depends on how much I can endure with the pain in my knee.

Comment from: lg016, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I never had any symptoms until one night I had a bad stomach ache. I went to the emergency room and had a CT and ultrasound done and found a 5 cm tumor in colon. I had a colonoscopy the next day and found out I had stage 3 colon cancer. Only 22 and I found out I had the same thing my mom died of. Now I am doing chemotherapy using oxaliplatin and Xeloda. I had the mass removed through surgery. I still have swollen lymph nodes that could be from surgery or live cancer cells. It has only been a month and a half since I found out.

Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I had a left hip cortisone injection two days ago. The procedure was unpleasant, but I have had wonderful relief. I have no pain now, and I didn't realize how I was so limited. I hope this lasts! Cautiously optimistic but don't want to jinx it!

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

I received a cortisone injection in each knee in early February. There must have been anesthetic in the shot because I had immediate, total relief which wore off in a day or so. Then I felt no improvement for almost 2 weeks. I had given up hope, but realized one day I was walking stairs with no pain! The inflammation I had had in the right knee, which prevented me from even getting into child's pose in yoga, was gone. From late February through all of March I was blissfully pain-free, doing every activity without symptoms. During April, little by little I started feeling that familiar ache again; now at the end of May it is as though I never had the shots at all. I will definitely get more; I have read 3 times a year is usually the maximum amount. If I can get two pain-free months each time, that equates to half of each year without pain! Thumbs up from me.

Comment from: Hola, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I had gone to see my doctor about some open sores, he gave me antibiotics, and sent me home. Well, that was May 9, I saw it wasn't getting better, so I went back to my doctor. I saw a different doctor who said it is a staph infection. Now it has spread to my face where they look like little red dots.

Comment from: joiseychick320, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2012 and had gotten 3 cortisone injections into my left knee. Prior to that I had 2 ganglion cysts that were removed as well as a meniscal tear that was repaired during the removal of the 2nd ganglion cyst. The pain in 2012 was so severe that I was starting to walk with a cane (age 50). The shots were a tremendous help and I've been pain free for the last 3.5 years. Recently after working out with a trainer who wanted me to deadlift a 15 lb kettlebell off the floor doing squats and helping my father move and doing physiotherapy, my left knee started acting up again. Yesterday I went to an orthopedic surgeon who wanted to give me Celebrex and I refused as I had a bleeding ulcer in my 20s so he reluctantly gave me a cortisone shot. My knee is still a little sore and thankfully I didn't have any side effects. Hoping this takes away the soreness in my knee. Unfortunately he told me that eventually I will probably have to have a full knee replacement by the time I am 65.

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

The cortisone injection was painless. About 2 hours later the pain was intense, very bad. This lasted for a couple of hours and then started to decrease. I was barely able to walk for the next 15 hours, I couldn't bend my leg at all and no weight bearing. At 24 hours, less pain and stiffness than before the shot! My face is red now, one day later. I would do it again though. I would take extra pain reliever and make sure brace was on my knee after the shot. My knee is feeling much better!

Comment from: Sasha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I had a cortisone shot a week ago for really bad pain. As I suffer from fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and arthritis, I have been on 14 different medications in the last 2 years; some work and some didn't and the side effects are horrible. I had a shot in my right knee and it worked well for my knee and then I had a shot in my left hip and was pain free for 2 days. Now I am in worse pain than ever as I have pain not only in my hip but also my back side and my lower back and can hardly walk now. Wish I didn't get the shot in my hip.

Comment from: ceola, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I had a cortisone injection in my left knee yesterday for bone on bone arthritis. Later in the evening I experienced a severe headache and rise in blood pressure. Headache continued through the night but has eased up today. However, the knee feels great.

Comment from: eldever, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I've been to have a cortisone injection in my hip today, I had a local anesthetic but gosh, it hurt! However, the pain I've been suffering for four years disappeared almost immediately. I have hip dysplasia and will eventually be having a replacement. If I need another injection I will ask for a general anesthetic.

Comment from: Amanda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I had a cortisone shot in my right knee to reduce the swelling from a torn meniscus. It's the worst thing I could have done. My knee is more swollen and pain level doubled. This all took place on a Thursday, and 4 days later no change.