Patient Comments: Cortisone Injection - Experience


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Comment from: Still in pain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I received a cortisone injection in both my knees at noon time on 5/14/21. My left knee is a possible torn meniscus but before an MRI can be ordered, the shot has to be given. My right knee is bone on bone and he stated I'll need a knee replacement. We're trying this as I'm only 53, but when walking, my knee locks up and gives out, and I'm afraid I'm going to fall. I've had injections before but around midnight last night I woke up very nauseous and with severe heartburn. Lying in bed my knees still hurt.

Comment from: Zato S, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 10

I've been getting epidural steroid shots now for a couple years. The cortisone injections are to help control the spasms I get through my ribcage, and also for my neck. The shots seem to help control the spasms and pain in my neck a lot. But, I am concerned about this scab over my neck injection site, it's been there for over 4 months now. I wonder if I should just peel it off and let it scab over again. Thank you for your time.

Comment from: LYNN , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I will never have another cortisone injection again. I was sick and vomiting, also, my blood pressure went out of whack and I have lost a lot of my hair. Doctors need to tell us all the effects this drug is capable off.

Comment from: G, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I had my first and only cortisone injection; never again. I have barely slept in a week. I can’t stop eating and my mouth feels like it is full of dirt. About 20 percent less pain isnt worth this, a week after the injection. I thought I was going crazy.

Comment from: Ale, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I am so relieved after reading all your experiences! I had a cortisone injection 1 week and a half ago and am having diarrhea and stomach pains, and am super fatigued. I didn’t know this could cause all of this. Never will I take a cortisone shot again.

Comment from: Sara, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I had cortisone injections in my wrist for carpal tunnel a week ago. My arms are on fire and feel weak, and my whole body is weak. My stomach is constantly bubbling and it's hard to even keep water down. I'm also dizzy and have had a headache. These injections were my 10th and 11th this year. One of my other 9 injections also made me feel sick like this but it was not the same spot.

Comment from: Bron, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I had 2 bad knees, right worse than left. I wanted cortisone injection for some pain relief and to allow me to do basic things. I had injection on 7/1/2021, and was told it may take 7 days to kick in. I have been in more pain than ever; not sure if I did the right thing.

Comment from: Angel, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I had a cortisone shot in both knees and was told I also had arthritis in my back. Arthritis was back in August, my legs progressively got worse where I had a hard time just to stand up from a chair and be able to walk without having pain. I am constantly in pain and it is November 11th right now. I don't know if it's caused from the cortisone shots or what, but it's like sometimes I feel tingling in my left ankle and it's weird; it just comes on all of a sudden.

Comment from: Jennifer L, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 26

It is eight weeks since a cortisone injection in my knee. I have horrendous ongoing side effects; racing heart, palpitations, sweating, high blood sugar, and blood pressure all over the place. The medical profession seems lost for an explanation. I am at my wits’ end.

Comment from: cas, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I am so glad to have read all the comments regarding the cortisone injection. I have had many due to severe scoliosis in my lower back. This last time I am going into my 3rd week and have had experienced everything described by viewers except a fever. I thought I was going crazy but guess not. The worst is fatigue, itchiness all over and what I describe as 'hot flashes'. Hope I am near the end of my reactions. So glad I read the remarks. Thank you.

Comment from: Dawn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had a cortisone shot in my knee and the same day I started to feel weird; lightheaded and weak. I took my blood sugar and it was 19. The next day I still felt shaky but blood sugar came down to 14. It was the next day that the nausea started, and I also got a severe headache and a stomach ache. I am now on day 5 and the nausea is still bad. Hoping this will go away soon. Never again will I have a cortisone shot.


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Comment from: Moey3232, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

I had a cortisone shot in my left knee 7 full days ago. It was the worst decision of my life. I have gone from being 95 percent functional (only thing I could not do was jog) to being out of commission. I don't know what happened, but the shot has set me way back. I wish I had left well enough alone. I went from doing yard work and walking miles around my neighborhood to not being able to do anything. I got greedy and wanted to be able to jog with my wife again. Now I am fearful that I have ruined my life.

Comment from: Janet, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 03

I had a cortisone guided injection in my right shoulder 4 days ago. No pain, but I have face flushing, headaches and nerve damage to my feet, and difficulty in walking. I already suffer from peripheral neuropathy, but this is so much worse!

Comment from: Rosemary g, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 11

Yesterday I had cortisone injection in my back. So far it is much better, but depends on how long I am standing or walking, but I have had no side effects.

Comment from: Chris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I just had my 3rd cortisone shot in my hip. The first shot didn’t do much for the pain and for a week I had very painful gas or something move slowly through my body, chest, neck, and back down through my chest. It was horrible. The 2nd shot went very well with no side effects, and it actually helped and gave me some range of motion. This 3rd shot, I woke up with severe pain in my kidney. I realized it was that painful gas again heading up towards my neck. It’s going to be a long week.

Comment from: Nancy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I had cortisone shots in both knees today. One knee is worse and I am wondering if the doctor gave a larger dose in that knee if it can make your mouth and nasal passage dry out. Never had that side effect before taking that shot and l could smell medicine in my urine.

Comment from: Ann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I went for a cortisone injection for an arthritic shoulder about a month ago. I now have hardness, soreness and itching in my upper arm.

Comment from: Dan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I received a cortisone injection 17 months ago and it has destroyed my life. The doctors say it leaves your body after a few hours, which is complete nonsense because I still continue to experience the side effects to this day, although they do slowly get weaker with time. These are the side effects which started after the injection: pain and pressure in my chest, fast heartbeat, dizziness, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, extreme bloating and swelling of my face, stomach and fingers, thin skin, etc.

Comment from: Kk, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I’ve had one cortisone shot in my back. This resulted in cortisone flare for over a week. I had worse pain than my back had ever before. I will never do it again. It is not worth it. Did not help at all and made it worse.

Comment from: Ginger , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I have cervical stenosis of the neck. I just received around 7 shots of cortisone to the right side of my neck, head, arm and shoulder, and 5 days later I feel relief.

Comment from: VIRGIN812, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 12

When the doctors used to use cortisone injections I had pain relief for 6 months or more. Now these doctors are using methylprednisolone and it is worthless. My belief is they’ve become money hungry; this way you're back in 3 months.

Comment from: Tracey B , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I’ve had six cortisone injections to date (4 in my hip and 2 for frozen shoulder over about 8 years). Whilst I have experienced short term side effects every time (face flushing, short term insomnia, and feeling slightly spaced out), the pain relief experienced within a week and thereafter has been well worth putting up with the side effects. I’m sorry to hear this isn’t everyone’s experience.


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Comment from: Badloser1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had three cortisone injections in my shoulder. Immediately my arm felt weak and painful but wore off later and I felt so much better. I slept well night 1 and 2. Day 3 I was feeling awful, more pain than before and a headache that will not go. Day at work yesterday and old symptoms that had improved have returned and hot face and headache are back. Not sure I will have these again!

Comment from: Adara, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I experienced dizziness, nausea and potential fainting after my cortisone injection. Fresh air with a physiotherapist was a must. A day later, I have a black bruise on one of my knees where I was injected with cortisone, and I get unpredictable, contraction-like pains. No pain relief yet.

Comment from: No, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I sustained my hamstring injury after a sudden run after my daughter who has Down syndrome as she was about to cross the street alone.

Comment from: Tony231, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

One day all of a sudden, I started feeling a sharp pain in my right elbow. After being in excruciating pain for 3 days, I was diagnosed with golfer's elbow, and on the same day, the doctor gave me a cortisone injection on my buttocks. I felt relief within 5 minutes of the injection, and the pain was completely gone the next day without any side effects.

Comment from: Angry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

Well, all this explains a ton. I had 2 cortisone shots on my foot and 2 days later thought I was dying. I had nausea, blurry vision, and tired to the point I couldn't drive. Never again. How long before this goes away!

Comment from: Annie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

Wish I knew how long the side effects of these cortisone injections last. The Urgent Care doctor gave me an injection on March 30 of this year. This will soon be two months ago and I’m miserable. I’m exhausted, have no energy, nauseated, my head aches and I’m out of breath on the least exertion. Two months seems like a very long time to suffer from an injection and my day-to-day life has changed completely since getting the injection. This drug should be taken off the market!

Comment from: Famousinreddeer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I got a cortisone injection in my right knee last August and it lasted a week. I wasn't impressed at all. I loved it that week but then the pain came back. I am going for a shot this Thursday but this time in my left knee. Wonder how long this one will last.

Comment from: Kim, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I had the worst reaction to a cortisone injection a couple of weeks ago. It made me very sick, and also my brain kept on running, no stopping it, though my eyes hurt and head hurts but you can't stop. Low grade fever, very hormonal, no control, but I know that my situation is not that common at least; I don't think so.

Comment from: Sueofkent, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I had my 3rd cortisone injection in my shoulder in 6 months. I had reactions to the previous 2, but nothing like now! I'm on day 7 post injection. My vision is blurry, headaches are pounding, I'm agitated, and can't sleep, but worse of all is the irregular heartbeat. It's pounding in my neck and ears, I have a very dry mouth, and I'm drinking far more than usual. The shoulder is not a lot better. I will never have another Kenalog injection! My face was beetroot red and swollen with piggy eyes!

Comment from: Marta, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I had my first cortisone injection in my lumbar spine. The next day I had excruciating throbbing ice pick pain that came out of nowhere and was random all over the back area. It got worse to the point I was about to go to emergency room (ER) but luckily I had leftover pain medicines from the trip to ER. I ended up taking at least 10 pain pills and 5 muscle relaxers that day just to get the pain under control. I could not walk Saturday. Sunday was a little better, I was able to get to the restroom. Monday a little better.

Comment from: June, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 16

I had a cortisone injection into my knee a week ago with immediate relief. However, today, my elbow joint is painful, swollen and warm and all the other joints in my body are very sore. I wonders if it is possible to have a systemic reaction to the injection like this.

Comment from: Samantha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

My right hip has bone spurs, arthritis and is chipped, I can hardly walk. I limp badly but my orthopedist said since I'm only 33, surgery is not an option for me so he had me go get a cortisone shot in my hip. It hurt, and then I went home. I was in so much pain for days I could hardly move, I was literally crying nonstop, it hurt way worse. Then it was nausea; I puked a couple times and now it is 7 months later. I never went back because it scared me and now it hurts more and it's making a popping noise and I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Texasaaa, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

I have had just about every part of my body injected with cortisone over decades now. So far no long term issues from these injections. I get tendonitis very easily, it just pops up everywhere and then the osteoporosis plaguing me adds to the constant pain; neck, back, feet, hands, shoulders, hips, elbows, etc. Some of these were the deep shots done with x-ray to guide the needle, others were just site injected. Nearly every one of them has given me much needed relief and lets me function again.

Comment from: Jim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I had pain and got relief within 36 hours after the cortisone injection. First one lasted 6 weeks, and I received number two today. Treatment is for anterior dislocation, swelling and pain in the sternoclavicular joint. No complications.

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

A week or so after my cortisone shots in both hips I developed pain in the back of my knee for a couple days that felt like a blood clot. I could hardly walk. Then it hit my ankle in the other leg the same way and went away in a couple days. The skin on both arms became very thin like my 85 year old mother. I got little red blood spots on my arm and continued to if anything touches it the least bit hard. That continues after 3 months. I gained 6 pounds in 3 days and I was on a trip walking majorly every day.

Comment from: Lz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I went to an orthopedic surgeon and got a cortisone shot on my left shoulder for a torn tendon around my rotator cuff, and severe inflammation. This morning I felt disoriented, tired, and had just an overall weird feeling. By the time I got to work felt hot on my face and some chills soon after. I felt I had a fever, called the doctor and told them that I had a fever and pain had worsened. They insisted on saying cortisone shot does not give you a fever. I took an ibuprofen, left work, came home and took my temperature; I had 99.1.

Comment from: Rmm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I had four facet joints and caudal epidural cortisone injections on the 1st August 2018. A few hours after the shots my back was on fire. The pain was unbearable. I took painkillers and used cold packs to relieve the pain but couldn't get a relief. I started sneezing and became feverish. The following morning my gastric ulcer started aching and I became bloated. Two days after the shots I'm having diarrhea. This is the second time I'm having the injections and I've never experienced these side effects.

Comment from: Jennifer D., 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I had a cortisone shot for severe spinal stenosis pain. During the injection, the pain got much worse, to the point that I couldn't stand or sit up. During the next 12 hours, the pain just increased until I had to go to the emergency room for a pain shot. I will never have that injection again.

Comment from: Candy K., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had a steroid injection in my knee 3 days ago. I haven’t slept for 3 days, I’m having hot flashes, my face is red, and I had extreme anxiety yesterday. I didn’t connect it to the cortisone shot until 6 am this morning, when I was still awake and feeling horribly out of sorts. I finally remembered that I’d felt this way once before; after my last spinal steroid injection, when I’d said, “never again!” That was two years ago. I guess I thought the knee injection would stay in my knee. Nope, these steroids affect your entire nervous system. I’m just trying to hang on and hope it should go away soon. I hope it at least relieves my knee pain. Doctor said I won’t know for a week or more. It was so helpful to find these stories and realize I’m not alone!

Comment from: NervousNan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

The cortisone injection was moderately uncomfortable but was done quickly and the discomfort ceased immediately the needle was withdrawn.

Comment from: Deb321, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I developed thrush and burning mouth syndrome after having cortisone injections in my neck and back. It was awful and lasted 3 months.

Comment from: Ronnie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I had a cortisone injection on my back 10 days ago, but the following day my mouth was feeling very dry and still is.

Comment from: Judyalvarez52, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I got a cortisone shot five days ago and my knee is hurting bad today. I wonder if the shot is just kicking in.

Comment from: Tim M- Cbus, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

May 21, 2018 I had a cortisone injection into the large joint of my right big toe, due to arthritis. The site was cleaned and the skin had the aerosol numbing agent applied. The shot created intense pressure and pain but both subsided quickly, within 5 minutes. I had suffered for over a week with arthritis in this toe causing me to miss 3 days of work and limiting my footwear choice.

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

I have had cortisone injection into both my hips one 2 days ago with no adverse pain, and today I had the 2nd! Entirely different; from my hip to my toes my whole leg has an unbearable ache. Can't stay still, can’t lie on either side or walk. Totally strange! I'm sure in a couple of days it will be better, but at the moment my hip and leg feel worse than before!

Comment from: KaitisMom , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I just had my first in my life cortisone shot this morning. I have a tear in the meniscus, and I’ve been on crutches for over a month. It hasn’t helped the pain yet; if anything, my knee hurts more. I haven’t had any side effects. I’m hoping it’ll start to help the inflammation and the pain in my knee.

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

I just had cortisone injections done on the right side of my neck down to my shoulder area. My pain is due to 3 failed neck surgeries; started by a disc C5 that broke apart and fragments all on my nerves. Long story short it has been two days since the injection and pain relief was instant. I was sore the second day but with ice it subsided. I also had insomnia for two days and I do take Atarax for sleep and anxiety but it does not help. I am trying to feel positive but scared about no sleep for 48 hours, big toll on me right now. Heart palpitations and red flushed face with gas is indescribable; too much. Day 3 today as I try relax and hoping I will be able to sleep tonight. My pain is better but help needed in the morning and evening. Just wondering if anyone had my symptoms and when they could sleep again. Migraine is normal for me so my Imitrex took that away.

Comment from: DWEL, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 10

I had a cortisone injection Friday and I immediately had relief from the arthritis that had plagued the left knee for months. At one point, I had considered knee surgery, but this injection is a much better solution and a lot less painful.

Comment from: Denise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

One cortisone shot stopped my hip pain by the next day with no side effects. It has been three months and pain has not returned.

Comment from: None, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I had a cortisone injection this morning at 9 am and noticed a headache for the rest of the day and night. It's 12 am and the headache continues, nothing helps. I hope I can sleep and wake up without a headache.

Comment from: Martyann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I had an x-ray guided cortisone injection into my right hip to reduce inflammation from osteoarthritis early on Saturday. By Saturday afternoon I was feeling some pain and thumping sensation in the joint area and Sunday throughout the day, soreness. The physician who performed the injection said I may experience this, but should expect a lot of improvement in pain and mobility within about five days. She cautioned not to be disappointed if it wasn't an instant improvement. By Monday morning, I am feeling very flushed my face is a ruddy red. My blood pressure is also higher than usual and I have had some odd numbing in my scalp which also feels very hot. My mouth was cotton dry all morning. I am hoping for a gradual decline in these symptoms, and the reduction in pain by Friday. I am also hoping that I didn't err in having the injection while I was on call at work; I got called in and did a very busy shift with a lot of walking only an hour from the injection. I hope this did not negate the cortisone from remaining in the joint with time to adequately absorb into the affected tissue.

Comment from: Ev, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

All 5 of my lumbar discs are herniated, with arthritis also. I received my first cortisone injections 2 days ago with excruciating pain when administered. My blood pressure went up to 190/110 during the procedure. It did relieve some of my symptoms that day. I am very nervous about a second procedure. I think due to my extreme condition I should have been sedated.

Comment from: d, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 19

The day after the cortisone injection I had relief from lower back pain. On a scale of 1 to 10, before injection it was 8, and next day 1.5.

Comment from: peachy, 75 or over (Caregiver) Published: November 21

My friend suddenly died in his yard 7 days following corticosteroid epidural injections in his neck. He was given 7 injections and kept there for 5 hours. I think the injections either contributed to or caused his sudden death! I believe the healthcare provider who injected was negligent, and that the physician who prescribed the injections was also negligent in that their attitude toward the injections was very casual and routine. He could not use the phone (hands were affected and could barely walk). The health care providers did not counsel him or his family on aftercare in case of side effects! To my knowledge he had no pre-existing conditions or they were not recognized by the referring physician. Warning, since an autopsy was not done, his death will not be shown as associated with the injections! I am concerned that those who get lucrative earnings from giving injections may be doing great harm to their patients. Not sure where or how to complain and report this!

Comment from: AJ, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I have had 10 plus years of treatment for degenerative disc pain in lumbar 4-5 region. Epidural cortisone injection has provided almost complete pain relief for 6 to 8 month intervals. Most uncomfortable part of procedure is the local anesthesia injection prior to the steroid injection. Low back pain relief is relieved after 2nd day.

Comment from: Thanatologist, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I've been getting cortisone in my shoulder every 3 months for the past 4 years. It's great after the injection and the pain relief is immediate. It seems that about 2 weeks before the 3 months, my shoulder starts hurting. Twice I've let it go, and I was in excruciating pain, so I've automatically gotten one on time! I'd like to get off them, but the pain is awful when it comes back. I take naproxen but it's only a small help. I don't know what to do.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Liza, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

Every time I get a cortisone injection, I get a bad headache. It was for a day initially, then two days (these were injections in my back). Three months ago I had a headache for 2 days after a knee injection, and it's been five days this time. It is an intense headache, backs off with Imitrex (migraine tablets), nothing else helps. No more cortisone for me, none of the medical providers know what to do to prevent it or help.

Comment from: Christina, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I had a cortisone shot in my shoulder 4 days ago for bursitis. I had had one in March without any problems and had one many years ago in my elbow. The shot started really helping my symptoms today but also, I felt so nervous and irritable I could hardly stand it. I felt mad about all sorts of things and ended up going to church to straighten myself out! I will have to talk to my doctor about this because I will try to avoid any cortisone in the future.

Comment from: Gill, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I had a cortisone injection in my knee yesterday. The pain went immediately but l have a thumping head over my left eye. I hope it doesn't last long. My doctor didn't push this injection as l went to him after a friend said hers lasted six months. The doctor said everyone was different and it might only last 2 days. Time will tell.

Comment from: cecelia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I have had several cortisone injections for hip bursitis. One of the injections caused such intense pain in my hip area that I could not move, and therefore developed massive blood clots in my lungs. That pain lasted for many weeks after that injection.

Comment from: Still hurting, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I had a number of cortisone injections in my lower back and was unable to walk without a walker for 2 months. No more injections for me.

Comment from: giny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had Mohs surgery on my middle knuckle. About a month after the surgery, I was forming a hard callus at the site, so the doctor injected a cortisone injection of some sort to soften the callus. It is almost one year out from the surgery and injection and for the last several months, I have been experiencing a hard lump at the injection site next to where the surgery was, painful, and I cannot stretch my hand out completely because of it. The lump hurts when pushing on it. There is also a small scab forming where the Mohs surgery was on the knuckle. I'm not sure what to do.

Comment from: Emma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

Several years ago, I had 2 cortisone shots in my left hip, several months apart. I remember them being pretty uncomfortable, but I had no side effects and got great pain relief. The cure was in selling my SUV with a manual transmission that I drove during rush hour. A couple thousand shifts a day week was not good. Fast forward, 14 yrs. I had one today that was extremely painful while being done. Twelve hours later, I'm totally amped up, can't sleep and in a lot more pain than I was before the shot. No nausea or rashes, I am grateful for that. Side effects are a drag. I'm crossing my fingers that pain relief will come in a few days. Drugs don't seem to fix much of anything. I generally avoid them. Best thing for my hip is bike riding. Ride more, inject less will be my theme.

Comment from: Marycee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I got a cortisone shot in my knee yesterday around noon. At 4 am today I woke up with a terrible headache. I went to work, and by 11am, felt heat on face and coworkers were commenting on how red my face was. I had a very dry mouth also, drank almost a quart of water in the morning. School nurse told me to go home and call the doctor. I did and now waiting for a call back. After reading about others, I see these are rather common side effects. I will wait and see what he says.

Comment from: KAS, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I have had 2 cortisone injections in my right shoulder, the first helped a little for a short time. I had the second injection 6 weeks later and it helped a great deal. I am now intending to have a third injection 8 months later as the pain has become unbearable again. I found if I iced my shoulder on and off after the injection the pain wasn't too bad and there didn't seem to be any other side effects.

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

I had a cortisone injection on 06/09/17 in my left knee. That night all I did was itch; everywhere including my eyes and under the finger nails. There was not any one place that was not itching. So far it has gone on for the last 2 days along with hardly any sleep. Never again will I do cortisone.

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

I received a cortisone at the base of my middle finger. Within a while it was completely numb. An hour later it was swollen and I could not bend it and I ran a fever. This lasted for the rest of the evening. I would say 6 plus hours. I also experienced a few chest pains and a headache that I still had the next day. The next morning my face was red and my eyes, mouth, nose, and ears itched. I figured it was an allergic reaction and I took a Benadryl. Then I wondered by taking it if I was voiding out the shot. Will have to see.

Comment from: Sandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

My right knee was injected with cortisone. It was very painful. My leg was immediately stiff and it was hard walking out of the office. About 4 to 5 hours later I had extreme pain. Twenty four hours later it is very hard to walk and I still have pain. I am hoping this goes away soon as I have a trip to Europe next week and I need to be able to walk.

Comment from: bonnie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I have had headache all night into the next day now. My face is hot and flushed today. This is following cortisone injections in both knees. I know in the past I have had headache following, and maybe the flushing, but had forgotten till today's being so much. I have noticed since the past winter, even before beginning injections in August, often if I have even one beer or stout my face flushes. I drink only rarely, none right now.

Comment from: AGoldman, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I wonder if anyone else has experienced an increase in appetite. I get so hungry, and stay that way for a few days after cortisone injections. I have a lot of arthritis, and the only way I have found has been the shots, but I put on weight after the shots from being so hungry.

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

I just had my cortisone injection in my right knee. And I didn't get to the waiting room before I lost my ability to walk. I was told give it a month. This pain is a million times worse. I cannot bear any weight on my knee. I have a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). But with my knee locking up the doctor is thinking meniscus tear. I have been suffering since 9/9/16. I am ready to give up. I have damage to L3 to S1, sciatica down both legs, and I fall a lot. Now this increase in my pain.

Comment from: annyb, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I had a cortisone injection last week and I have been plagued with muscle cramps and terrible night sweats. The injections have helped my knee before but not this time. I think the pain will be something I will have to tolerate rather than waking up for a couple of nights with terrible leg cramps and drenched in water.

Comment from: grandma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I have had 3 times steroid shot in my foot because of arthritis pain and it is hard to walk. The first 2 were not too bad. This last time my cheeks turned red for a few days, I was very warm, thought I had a fever, bad headache and my blood pressure went up. Maybe the doctor gave me a stronger shot. My foot is very sore. I take warfarin so the injection site bled for a while. I hope I won't need any shots for a while but it gets so hard to walk that I need them.

Comment from: meseitel, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I had a cortisone injection yesterday afternoon, for knee pain. I woke up at 3 am with terrible headache, runny nose and nausea. Now it is 8 am and still symptoms continue. I also have chills and muscle cramps.

Comment from: BigC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had cortisone injected on a Monday and that night my foot swelled up and ached, and my headache is not going away. My hand is swollen and my wrist where the injection was given feels broken. The doctor says it is normal!

Comment from: Equines, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I had several cortisone shots. The one on the back of my hand was extremely painful going in. This shot set off an inflammation or something for 6 months. I could not use my hand and I could not sleep more than a couple hours. The one in my spine felt like my whole spine was exploding! Then, for 3 days I had the worst headache. It was so bad I went to emergency room, each day, and finally a doctor. They gave me a 'blood patch' to stop the leaking spinal fluid. My headache went away immediately, thousands of dollars later! The shot in my knee made it feel like it was exploding while they were injecting it and a few minutes after. I never got relief from pain, from my cortisone shots, in the different areas of my body.

Comment from: marshmallow, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I am currently receiving my third and last cortisone shot in my lower back. I was operated on in May for L4 and L5 spinal stenosis. The pain was excruciating. The neural pain did not cease after the operation. The level of pain did increase. I decided to go to pain management for cortisone shots. They are not helping; I still have that rubber band feeling around my ankle and the pain that radiates from my hips and buttocks down the leg and into the calf and ankle. I go for my last shot next week, and I'm hoping that this will help. If not, then it's back to the neurosurgeon for an MRI and possibly more back surgery.

Comment from: Princess1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I had a cortisone injection in my wrist for tendinitis on Monday and by Tuesday had terrible nausea and headaches which turned into terrible gastric bowel problems on Wednesday. I am not sure if it is related, but can't see another reason why I've got it. The wrist after two days is now mostly pain free though I had been suffering for 7 weeks.

Comment from: marlene, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I had a cortisone shot in my shoulder about 3 weeks ago and my arm is really hurting bad. This is my second shot, and the first one really helped. I am using ice on it so I can at least sleep. I hope it will get better soon and I don't want to go back to the doctor and tell him. Perhaps I would do it again, maybe down the road. I had the shoulder operated on so maybe he can't do anything for me anymore.

Comment from: bella, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 10

Arthritis started in my knee after bad fall. I had cortisone injection for the 1st time. It was painless but 12 hours after I got severe migraine and vomiting. Two days later I am still in pain but not quite so bad. Perhaps I need to give it time, but I am back on the painkillers. Disappointing, I thought it would act straight away.

Comment from: Martyn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 05

I had two injections of cortisone in my left thumb at 2 pm this afternoon. They hurt initially but the pain subsided. By 7 pm the pain had hit a new height and I googled post cortisone injection pain. It appears to be cortisone flare, and I have been using ice to help the pain. Thankfully it seems to be working. It would have been nice to have some information rather than having to just resort to google!

Comment from: Kimberly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I have bursitis in right shoulder and arthritis in right hip. I had two cortisone injections in right shoulder two weeks ago, one in hip and shoulder a month ago, and my first one last year. I haven't had any problems with anything, the only thing I might say is my legs might be a little dry, other than that no problems. I think it's the individual because everyone is different. I do know it isn't good to get too many of them.

Comment from: tofferrr, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

Ten years ago I had pinched nerve in my neck that went down my right arm. The first cortisone shot helped some so I got another one a couple of weeks later and I was relieved of pain. My neck had been good for ten years. Now this year I hurt my shoulder, got a shot two weeks ago, and I am doing much better.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 10

I vomited one time right after my cortisone shot (1 minute) and then stopped. My pain is almost gone. I had the second shot, my last one 6 months ago on the same shoulder, and I had the same vomiting.

Comment from: barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I had cortisone injection in my left shoulder yesterday. Within 15 minutes I felt somewhat confused. This lasted about an hour. I had headache in the night and hot flashes. The shot appears to have helped the shoulder pain so I hope it lasts a long time as I don't want to go through that any time soon. I get injections about every 6 months in a knee but have never had a reaction other than the initial pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I have water on my knee and bad arthritis. So today my doctor froze the knee and tried to drain it but did not succeed, so he then injected me with a cortisone shot. My knee is twice as swollen and I am in extreme pain.

Comment from: Lisa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I have had 5 cortisone shots in the knee the past 2 or 3 years. I have noticed my face is puffy on one side and my hair looks thinner.

Comment from: Golfer, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I had cortisone injections in shoulder and hip, and had a bad night with leg ache and difficulty walking to the bathroom. I got up, played golf, slowly, and by tea time felt fantastic, no aches or pains. A day later (today) I am off out to play golf.

Comment from: Rockyp, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I had one cortisone injection in my knee, and one cortisone injection in my hip that I had surgery on a year ago. Yesterday I had bright red cheeks and nose. Good thing I didn't have to go anywhere.

Comment from: Sonja, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I cannot take tablets so I had two cortisone injections in three months for a recent bursitis (inflammation). The first time I could bear the pain the injection caused and it helped in reducing the inflammation pain for three weeks before it returned with a vengeance. The second time, during the procedure (under ultrasound) I felt a bit of pain along my arm and severe pain in my thumb. Less than an hour later I was in agonizing pain (flare) from the ear down to my lower back (along nerves). When my daughter called for help, my general physician ignored the call and the injecting doctor said to call back in an hour. The severe pain (writhing in agony) lasted three hours. I took two paracetamol and Osteo, used ice packs, massage and slow breathing. During the fourth hour and another 500 mg Panadol, it subsided to just bearable pain. It exhausted me but I could sleep for a couple of hours straight for the first time in months.

Comment from: cpitz14, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I had a cortisone shot at 2:30 this afternoon and I am in so much pain; throbbing and aching. They placed it under a cyst on the back of my hand. I am using ice on and off. Hopefully the 'it has to hurt worse before it gets better' holds true! Not sure how I will sleep tonight and work 12 hours tomorrow!

Comment from: albaby, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

My doctor gave me an anti-inflammatory medication and after two weeks I had a terrible reaction to it. A month later he gave me cortisone injections and about two weeks later my shoulder went into terrible pain that radiated down my arm and up my shoulder and across my shoulder blade. Now I have such terrible pain, I can barely use my arm due to the severe pain. My shoulder is swollen and the pain is horrible.