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Old 11-16-2005, 04:43 PM   #1
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Hip bursitis and cortisone injection

I had a cortisone injection in my hip yesterday for suspected bursitis. Since the injection the pain in my hip has been worse and as they day wears on it gets sorer and sorer. IS this normal after this type of injection. When I had the injection I experienced a lot of pain a bit like when a dentist hits a nerve.
I have a lower back problem (inlcuding arthritis in vertabra) with a lot of nerve irritation from that as well but I can tell this increase in pain is from the hip. Can anyone help please.

 
Old 11-16-2005, 08:25 PM   #2
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Re: Hip bursitis and cortisone injection

Injections of steroids can be painful but it will get better if done right?

 
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Old 11-18-2005, 12:57 PM   #3
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Re: Hip bursitis and cortisone injection

Hi Kiwibird,
Three weeks ago I had my left knee drained of the fluid and had a cortisone injection into it done by my rhuemy. He just put the needle straight in and drained then did the injection. For two weeks I was wonderful no pain no stiffness and everyone commented how straight i was walking. Last week my right knee flared so I went to my GP and he put local in then the drained my knee an put a shot of cortisone in. It was the worst week I have ever had. So from where I sit yes if they do it wrong it hurts more than when it is done right. My GP put the needle in and i was sure i felt it hit the bone he even made the comment that he wasnt sure if he put the cortisone in the right spot. He isnt touching my knee again.
I wish you well.
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:36 PM   #4
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Thanks Olivia. Hopefully it will start to settle soon. How soon after your first injection did you start getting relief? How long did it take for things to settle after your second injection? Thanks again.

 
Old 11-19-2005, 04:45 PM   #5
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Hi Kiwibird,
Because of the fluid draining I felt relief straight away. The cortisone took about two hours to start feeling a little better but it seems to be a slow release medicaiton. It was a little bit at a time but within I would say about 24 - 36 hours I feel really good. Very minimal stiffness. That lasts for me about two weeks depending on my activity.
It has been ten days since the second injection and I am still really stiff and have a bit of pain. It really did nothing at all I feel except make me feel worse. I think he put it in the wrong spot for it to have made no difference the way that it has. I am actually wondering if maybe he hit a nerve. The specialist will be the only one now that gives me the cortisone.
Has your hip settled down at all? Have you been able to ask the dr who gave the injection is the reaction normal? Although they will tell you it is.
I hope you are feeling better soon. I use wheat and lavendar bags that you heat in the microwave when my lower back and hip is bad and that gives wonderful relief.
Take care
Olivia

 
Old 11-19-2005, 07:13 PM   #6
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Hi Olivia, I have had plenty of cortisone injections in my back and although they have not helped I never felt worse afterwards. It has only been 5 days since this one in my hip and maybe I am being a little impatient but I still feel worse from it. Heat helps so I keep some heat pads on it when I can.
I hope you are feeling better soon.

 
Old 11-23-2005, 02:54 AM   #7
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Hi Kiwibird,
Have you contacted the Dr that gave you the injection to let him/her know that you are feeling worse? It may be time to let them know that the injection hasnt worked for you. I am wondering if they should be trying something else if the cortisone doesnt work. I would write down all of your questions then phone your Dr and throw them all them. Dont give up til you get an answer.
I hope you pain is gone soon and you are feeling heaps better.
Take care.
Olivia

 
Old 11-23-2005, 06:02 PM   #8
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Re: Hip bursitis and cortisone injection

Hi Kiwi Bird,

I've a very similar overall situation. Mine was shot last March or April. Then about three months later I got just a straight injection of analgesics. My bursa is so big and hard one can put their finger on it and press it to really make it hurt. The Dr. had no problem injecting it. The Cortisone or other steroids can only be injected in the same area about every four months. Typically not more than three a year. If it is tough you may have to deal with it for a while.

On the positive side I use a Ketoprofen compound that is rubbed on directly. Ketoprofen is an anti-inflammatory in case you are not familiar with it. It must be compounded and mixed with a cold creme type base. It works nicely and gives good temporary relief. On the flip side, you must have a pharmacy that can compound in your area. Luckly I have one. If you are taking pills it's nice because it is an NSAID that you are not injesting into your stomach. I also find it handy on sore wrists, shoulders etc.

Last but not least, activity and heat seem to help. I only recently found and purchased an electric heating pad that has a very low heat setting. So low that if I wrap it in a bath towel I can sleep on it with out burning anything. It I make sure the bursa gets a good shot of the heating pad every night. In just the past few weeks I just realized I can barely feel the bursa. .

Bottom line, Cortizone is great but don't count on it to do everything for you.
Some degenerative arthritic diseases such as DISH cause repetitive bursas and bursitits. It's good to have an strategy to deal with them.

Sorry, I didn't mean to go on and on. It's just that you hit a topic I've been dealing with for the past many months.

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Old 11-29-2005, 01:14 AM   #9
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Hi Kiwibird,
Just letting you know I had the same knee drained again by my rheumy this time and the cortisone shot and i feel on top of the world I could dance. The people at my work say things like how come yesterday you needed a wheelchair and today you can dance.. I think they think I put it on sometimes. The one thing i noticed though is that the specialist always does the draining from the inside of my knee where the dr did it from the outside. I felt instant relief where I felt worse when the dr did it. I wont EVER let him touch me again. I have actually changed dr's after many years because I just dont feel he cares enough. I could marry my rheumy when I feel this great.
Hope you are feeling better soon.
Cheers
Olivia

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Old 12-02-2005, 04:22 PM   #10
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Re: Hip bursitis and cortisone injection

Kiwibird;
This past summer I had bursitis in my right hip. It was extremely painful and was accompanied by tendonitis which extended all the way down my leg. I was seeing a chiropractor for something else and he noticed I was limping and asked why. I made a bad mistake letting him work on my leg and hip. Two treatments later I could barely walk. I quit the chiropractor and went to an MD. The MD acknowledged I had bursitis and tendonitis and told me it would last 6-8 weeks and he recommended I wait it out. He did tell me that a cortisone was available but he did ask me to try and wait it out. The following two months were very difficult, but just as he said my hip and leg cleared up and I am now pain free. He suggested Advil for the pain. I would have liked to have had something more.
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:01 PM   #11
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Re: Hip bursitis and cortisone injection

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Originally Posted by kiwibird
I had a cortisone injection in my hip yesterday for suspected bursitis. Since the injection the pain in my hip has been worse and as they day wears on it gets sorer and sorer. IS this normal after this type of injection. When I had the injection I experienced a lot of pain a bit like when a dentist hits a nerve.
I have a lower back problem (inlcuding arthritis in vertabra) with a lot of nerve irritation from that as well but I can tell this increase in pain is from the hip. Can anyone help please.
it depends really on the person. i had 2 cortisone injections in my hip before the replacement and they were grand. now the one i got in my foot was a differen story. i walked into the doctors office grand..but once it was done i couldnt walk at all. it was sooooooooooooo painful. give it a few more days but if nothing happens it looks like the injection didnt work which is what can happen too

 
Old 12-18-2005, 03:21 PM   #12
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Re: Hip bursitis and cortisone injection

I have buritius in both hips. I had a cortisone shot in the left hip, as it was the worst. It lasted about a month, pain free. Now it has come back, I don't know what to take for the pain, but got some suggestions on this site. My pain was gone within an hour after the shot. What a nice feeling. The shot was verry painful tho.
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Old 12-21-2005, 01:19 PM   #13
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I wish they could find a way for us to live on cortisone safely. That stuff works wonders with me I too get about a month of relief out of it if he does it right. I feel so normal after it I honestly feel like i can dance again.
Cheers
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:39 PM   #14
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Re: Hip bursitis and cortisone injection

I've had bursitis in my right hip since I was 13 (10 years). One of my legs is SLIGHTLY longer than the other and leaves me stiff as can be in the morning and screaming in pain when it gets bumped. My husband quickly learned not to touch it or he could get smacked! Haha. I was told cortisone was an option back then but my brother told me he had it for something else and it hurt like crazy. I have been considering getting it done lately because I am a preschool teacher and it is really difficult to sit in the teeny chairs and then get up to dance and play! I did visit a chiropractor at one point for other issues and he pulled my leg and it relieved the pain for a couple of days. Those are the only days that I can remember not feeling constant stiffness/pain for the past 10 years. I think it's time for that shot!

 
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