How much do cortisone injections hurt?

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Alice22
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   Posted 6/28/2017 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I am about at the end of my rope with upper arm pain in both of my arms and am considering cortisone injections, but I'm afraid it will hurt like h*ll and potential side effects. My husband and I are taking a trip to Scotland in September and it would be nice to eliminate at least one problem I have. My rheumatologist suggested the shots and my first reaction was "NO" but I am being worn down by this pain. Are there any down sides, and how long do they last about? Thanks in advance for any advice.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me sick. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms, and turmeric, krill oil, and Methyl B12 daily. (Discontinued CoQ10 d/t terrible heartburn).

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   Posted 6/28/2017 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Alice, it depends on where they are injecting. If they inject the joint they are a little painful but the potential benefit outweighs some pain for a bit. You should ask the dr to use some numbing agent or spray freeze. I have my knees & shoulders done. Each time it helped. Now, the mileage you get out of the injection can vary, ask your dr about what you can expect.

Take care.
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Alice22
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   Posted 6/28/2017 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Susie - thanks so much; that's helpful. Maybe I'll just get one arm done at a time. If it goes well then I'll do the other one, too.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me sick. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms, and turmeric, krill oil, and Methyl B12 daily. (Discontinued CoQ10 d/t terrible heartburn).

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   Posted 7/4/2017 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alice.
Where in your arm are you having it done? Shoulder, elbow, wrist?
The smaller the joint, the more it hurts because the med goes into that tiny space inbetween called the synovium. I've gotten my knees and shoulders done a few times, and my wrist and ankle once. My ortho injects novacain first and then the cortisone. The relief is instantaneous and usually gets the inflammation under control so that I dont need another for a very long time. My suggestion, get em both done and get it over with. It really beats the heck outta the pain and it sounds like you're not being forced to get xrays and other non useful diagnostics ahead of time.
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Alice22
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   Posted 7/5/2017 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beth,

The pain is in my upper arms but I think it's from the shoulders, though I'm not sure. The doctor took an xray when I was there a couple of months ago and said the pain was RA related, due to synovial fluid or something. So anyway I'm sure he'll know where to give me the shots. I'm going to call him tomorrow to set up an appointment. So thank you for the info and encouragement. I find I'm more and more of a chicken the older I get.

Alice
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me sick. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms, and turmeric, krill oil, and Methyl B12 daily. (Discontinued CoQ10 d/t terrible heartburn).

Alice22
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   Posted 7/12/2017 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a cortisone shot in my shoulder yesterday and the pain was really no big deal. If anyone reading this is afraid of the pain like I was, don't be! It wasn't bad at all, and last night was the first night in over a year I was able to sleep on my side with NO PAIN. Wish I hadn't waited for so long.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me sick. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms, and turmeric, krill oil, and Methyl B12 daily. (Discontinued CoQ10 d/t terrible heartburn).

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   Posted 7/12/2017 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alice, very glad to read that your shot went with & best of all you were able to sleep on your side, awesome. I read in a lot of the forums here particularly UC & crohns forums. I think you posted you were going to be traveling soon. Consider getting some Miralax to take, it works well for me. When my grandson was young he had the same issue & the pediatrician had him on it. Worked great, no cramping as it is not a laxative. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

I was dx'd with crohns in 2002 & had an emergency resection of the small bowel. Then in 05 got really sick & knew it was not a crohns flare. Had a scope & found ulcers through out my colon. I was shocked, my gi was shocked. I think back then the odds of having both diseases was like 7%, but I always get the odd junk.

I hope the shot brings you long relief.
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Alice22
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   Posted 7/12/2017 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Susie,

I feel for you having Crohns AND uc. I can't imagine that. It seems that too often having one autoimmune disease opens the door to others. I hope you are taking something that controls the uc, and that you don't get anything else! You've got more then enough to handle right now.

My GI doctor also recommended miralax which I already bought. I will bring that on my trip but I'm also going to bring the smooth move tea and a few other things. I don't want to overdo it but if one thing doesn't work I can try another and hopefully won't have to take the stronger laxatives. I am going to experiment with the miralax and tea before I go to make sure it doesn't give me diarrhea - that would be very bad, too.

Thanks for your advice and support - it's much appreciated.

Alice
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me sick. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms, and turmeric, krill oil, and Methyl B12 daily. (Discontinued CoQ10 d/t terrible heartburn).
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