I've been fighting an ongoing battle with a shoulder injury. My doctor called it a "shoulder impingement," which I'm assuming is just fancy talk for my shoulder is injured..lol. Anyway, he's sending me to get a cortisone injection. What should I expect? Pain levels, how fast it works, side-effects, etc.
Hi, I've had cortisone injected for a shoulder injury also. In my experience it felt great for about an hour then however, the pain came back and it came back worse! This is a temporary fix I believe unless you are going to keep getting them? I personally would not do it again. The way it was explained to me was the reason it felt good for a while was because they first inject a anesthetic and then the cortisone so it was probobly the numbing effect of the first shot that actually made me feel better-not the cortisone. I have no idea how it would be for you. I wil say however that the doc was trying to diagnose the problem by giving me the shot to see if that was where the pain was coming from so he may not have given me enough to really work for long because he was using it as a diagnostic tool. Good luck to you if you decide to do it. I don't remember having too many side effects except I was kind of dizzy for a little while after and had to drive myself home. I will say however that for that hour I was thrilled because the pain was horrific and didn't respond to anything else. Maybe if you continue to get the shot on a regular basis it works better? Not sure, sorry.
I've had 3 different cortisone shots over the years.. one on my shoulder, one in my hip, and one in my foot. All of them worked for me. They have steroids in them and by injecting the steroids to the sight of the injury, it helps heal it. If they don't inject it in the right place, inject enough, or your injury is one that won't respond to steroids, then that's when it usually won't work. It does not CURE the pain though, but it does reduce it and all 3 worked for me (with my shoulder and hip I still had to take meds and go through physical therapy). The pain to GET the shot depends on where it is.. it's not a sharp pain, more like a deep pressure when they inject it. The sight may actually be MORE painful in the beginning just like getting a flu shot and your arm hurts for the next few days. You will know within 3 days if it's really going to work or not. As for the comment at getting them regularly, it's not recommended for doctors to give coritisone shots in any one area of the body more than 2-3 times at the max.. so SOMETIMES they may give you a second shot if the first doesn't work..
Ya, I've been having problems with my shoulder for over two months now. This is the last option before surgery. I've tried having a TENS unit on my shoulder, physical therapy (which makes it hurt worse), and was prescribed Tylenol 3 with Codeine (which I can't take long term of course). So I was just trying to see the negatives and positives.
I was doing some research myself already on it, but a lot of the information is really mixed and it's hard to tell what information is actually trustworthy. As far as the steroids, it says that since it's local, with just one injection, there shouldn't be any "serious" side effects, with the worst being loss of skin color at the site of injection.
Well, thanks again. Now I can take this information with me too so I can further weigh the pros and cons