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Old 08-30-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Cortisol flare lasting for weeks not 3days is this normal

I had a cortisol shot on ankle to reduce chronic pain, 1yr of chronic pain. Pain killers never worked. So orthopedie gave me cortisol shot & the pain has been really bad for 14days now. On day 8 I went to see GP who said to come back affer day 17 AND he said there was no warmth in ankle so no infection. if pain is still there & he will then refer me back to orthopedie again.

At this point, I want to know if a cortisol flare can last as long as two weeks? I thought it was 2-3 days max?I guess I'm here for reassurance, hoping someone comes here to to say they had a similar experience where cortisol flare lasted so long but they are now fine. Or is this a sign that these injections are not for me?

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Re: Cortisol flare lasting for weeks not 3days is this normal

I had a steroid flare after injection in my ankle. It was really bad on days 2-3, but it took at least a week to feel like it had before. (Which was lousy.)

However, if the pain isn't going down, something is wrong.

Do you have a diagnosis? What tests have you had done?

 
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Re: Cortisol flare lasting for weeks not 3days is this normal

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I had a steroid flare after injection in my ankle. It was really bad on days 2-3, but it took at least a week to feel like it had before. (Which was lousy.)

However, if the pain isn't going down, something is wrong.

Do you have a diagnosis? What tests have you had done?
My doctors are not really the best. What should I ask to be tested for? Or does anyone know what steps to take next?

I would want to go there & say test me X, Y & Z as I can not trust these people.

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Re: Cortisol flare lasting for weeks not 3days is this normal

If you can, find a better doctor, preferably an orthopedist who is a board-certified foot and ankle specialist.

Did your pain result from an injury, or did it just develop? Have you had an x-ray?

 
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Re: Cortisol flare lasting for weeks not 3days is this normal

UPDATE: Cortisol flare over since that post! Now ankle feels good for the most part, just the occassional pain here & there so it works but I had flat foot before, now feels even flatter, scheduled to see doc in two weeks.

So yay, would say it worked somewhat. Pain in ankle is relatively less but foot still swollen. When I went for MRI, had inflammation inside of foot & pain in ankle but only ankle was injected , wondering if inside of foot has to be injected to reduce inflammation?

 
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Re: Cortisol flare lasting for weeks not 3days is this normal

I've heard there are certain spots in the foot where the tendon could rupture if injected. Be very careful with that.

Glad this injection helped!! Sometimes it takes a bit of time to work. Best of luck to you!
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