cortisone injections, oh boy

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Statgeek
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   Posted 9/25/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Got the cortisone injections yesterday.  Tried working out some today.  I am very very sore and feel bruised and fluish.  I expect that I will feel better in a couple of days. 
 
Tried rock wall climbing again after a year and I could not do it.  I've gotten to the top before.  I had no strength.  It is embarrassing because I went with my 25 year old office mate.  I belayed him while he climbed twice and I made it up 5 feet.  I don't know if it is the cortisone, though.  that  could be it.  Or the fibro.  I am so terribly sore.  the doc said my shoulders and neck have been tight and spasming so long they might fight against the cortisone and hurt more.  I am going to keep up the self-care measures to help stop it.
 
Going to the hot tub and bed.
Sue

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   Posted 9/25/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Statgeek, I'm glad to hear that you decided to give it a shot. Like I told you when you were asking about it in the original info request...my first 3-4 days were awful. I actually hurt a lot worse (which I hadn't thought possible) than when I went in to get the shot in the first place.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that it helps you as much as it's helped me with my shoulder.

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   Posted 9/26/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Piercings,
that is good news that you felt worse at first then felt better. I actually do feel better today. But now that I have commuted an hour, I am sore again. I will have to see what I can do to make my driving more ergonomic. I think yoga helps too, so I will be doing some yoga stretches.
Sue

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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Good choice Statgeek. I think that yoga is so good for us. The stretching is so good for the muscles. I hope that it continues to help you.

Have a great day!

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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Sue,
Driving for a long time in one position (especially expressway driving!) is the pits! The one thing that may help is if there is a bit of a walk, maybe 10 minutes between where you park the car and work... that is if you can do the walk. The yoga is a definite helper but for myself I find that I have this cycle of uncomfortable spots, be it my buttocks for a few weeks then it's my neck, then I'm dealing with costo... never the whole body at once unless I'm down with a virus. Just seems to be a traveling problem. My strength and stamina will diminish over time and then I give myself a kick in the rear and start swimming again, a little at a time and building the length of time, and I start to feel a bit better.

Slow and easy wins the race for me. If I push to do too much at one time it's one step forward and five steps back. My kids got me a vibrating seat for my office chair and it works in the car, too. Do you think that might help?
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Meggie
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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   

I had my appointment with my orthopedic doctor today.  It didn't turn out the way I had expected.  I got the cortisone injection and did it ever hurt.  I am so disappointed, everything happened so fast.  The doctor talked to me a short bit and moved my arm a little.  He said he looked at my MRI results and decided that therapy and a cortisone injection would take care of it.  I just got the impression that he was rushing things and treating a symptom not what is causing the problem.  My GP said my shoulder problem wasn't caused by the fibro, I guess he was wrong because the ortho doctor can't explain the pain.

I did start this posting with a question, Sue, when you were given the injection did it hurt?  The doctor told me it wouldn't hurt but it was VERY painful and I feel just awful right now.  It has been 12 hours since the injection and I feel just horrible.  I can't hold anything or lift my arm very far.  I can't even imagine working out tomorrow.  I am so down right now  cry   and I wish I hadn't gone to the doctor today.  I'd rather live with the pain than be made to feel the way I do right now. 

I hope this injection pain gets better soon.

Meggie 


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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh gosh, I hope you feel better soon! My bursitis has been acting up again, but I've always held off getting those shots. I think ht eneedle woudl be worse than the pain. Take care (((HUGS)))
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   Posted 9/27/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Meggie,
One thing I can tell you is that if the pain is fibro related and not an 'itis' like bursitis the cortisone won't help with the pain at all. In fact it's contraindicated (not supposed to be used for treatment) for fibromyalgia. I hope that you haven't gone through all this pain for nothing!
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Statgeek
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   Posted 9/27/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Meggie, yes, the injections hurt and my arms felt like limp noodles the rest of the day.  I've been obviously cranky and sore.  By obviously, I mean that my dh said he noticed I had been cranky since the shots and also noticed when I felt better yesterday.  I should not have worked out right after the shots.  The cortisone doesn't take effect for a couple of days.

I am not sure the the injections were for fibro.  I have four diagnoses.  I think a couple of these ailments worked together to cause the problem in my neck and shoulders and I was in a cycle of pain causing tight muscles causing muscle spasms causing more pain causing . . . and on and on.  I have been in this cycle for years.  The doc said my body might fight agains the cortisone because the muscles were so used to contracting and it might hurt worse at first. 

Fortunately at the pain clinic they are treating the fibro, myofacial something or other, hypermobility joint syndrome and osteoarthritis. 

I hope you feel better after a couple of days like I am.

Jeannie, I will try stopping and getting out of my car halfway to work/school.  Maybe I can do simple stretches at stop lights, too. My neck and shoulders hurt all the time, the other aches move about.   right now my hips are cranky.  Thanks for the suggestion.

Sue


Meggie
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   Posted 9/27/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks you for the information Sue.  I was really wondering because the doctor said the hardest part was the needle prick.  I'd like to give him an injection devil .

I'm still feeling pretty rotten.  This has been going on for 6 years so I suppose I shouldn't expect much.  I've had an impingement of the rotator cuff and the injection is supposed to fix that along with some physical therapy.  I've done the therapy thing twice so I'm not expecting much.  I do no one thing, I will not be getting anymore injections.

Again, thanks!

Meggie

 


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   Posted 9/27/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Monday, I'll probably get more cortizone shots for my shoulder and knee arthritis. The shots have never bothered me, nor do I feel bad afterward. I just wish they would last longer. The previous ones lasted about a month on the shoulder and 2 months for the knee. I probably won't continue these much, because they just don't last long enough. However, the pain goes away completely, which never happens with my fibro. Diane
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Statgeek
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   Posted 9/27/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Diane, ask your doctor about botox instead of cortisone. My doc said that if the cortisone worked, but only temporarily, he would give me botox the next time.
Sue

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   Posted 9/28/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Meggie, I'm sorry to hear that the injection was so painful for you. I've had about a million of them without much trouble but I think I'm unusual in that respect. Please give the injection time. My ortho guy always tells me it could take up to 2 weeks to start feeling improvement. Also, they often add lidocaine(which is like novacaine from the dentist) or something similar to the cortisone which can make the area fell limp and useless. Remember also that cortisone may not "cure" the problem but hopefully will give you much needed relief for a long time. It also may take more than one shot to get the job done properly. I was having signs of impringement in my left shoulder and after 3 injections over the course of about 1 year, I haven't had anymore of those types of problems. It's been about 3 years now. So maybe it did "cure" it? Anyway, I sure hope you and Sue are on the mend very soon. Lisa

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   Posted 9/29/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Lisa,

Thanks for the advice.  I'm not sure that I can take another injection but I will try to keep an open mind.  I think the pain was so bad because my shoulder has been inflamed for so long (six years).  I am doing a little better today, well at least as long as I don't move my shoulder much.   I see the PT on Friday to begin my therapy and I have a lot of questions for her.  I'm hoping that she has worked with other Fibro patients.  Lisa, did you have any PT or were you told not to do certain things with your shoulder?  My ortho doctor didn't tell me anything and I have been trying to use my arm (normal use, no heavy lifting) but have to stop because it starts to ache.  I'm wondering if I should just stop using that arm for a couple of days.

Has anyone else had an injection that took awhile to kick in? 

Meggie


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   Posted 9/29/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My shoulder pain is caused by arthritis. My fibro pain moves around from some spots to others, not always the same in the same spot. My rheumy today told me I could get surgery in my shoulder--I'm going to spend a long time thinking about that. Also today, he said I could try "Motor Oil" injections in my knee. They are some kind of lubricant--not real motor oil. My BIL had them and said they helped a lot. But this is for OA not fibro. Are you sure your pain is caused by fibro?
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Meggie
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   Posted 9/30/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   

RedDiane,

The pain is from an impingement of the rotator cuff.  At least that is what the ortho doctor told me.  I have been tested for arthritis and a million other things.  My GP said my shoulder pain was definitly not caused by my fibro.  I'm starting to think a little differently.  After the injection (on the 26th) I thought that I would not have any pain in the joint but I do.  I can feel the joint as I sit here typing this, it aches and burns.  As long as I don't use the arm things are good. I do know that it may take time and I have never had this done before so this all may be normal.  I will give it some more time.

Meggie 


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   Posted 10/1/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Meggie,
Sorry I didn't get to your question earlier but have been off the computer for a few days. I did have PT for my shoulder but not always in connection with the cortisone injection. The last time I did have the pt and injection things didn't go well for me. The therapy made things worse and they wouldn't even do any pain control methods for me. It was not good. I'm not trying to discourage you from PT but just wanted to share the reality that it may not be helpful. Anyway, the doctor didn't give me any restrictions after the cortisone shot. I guess I would tell you to let your pain be your guide but keep the darn thing moving or you could end up with more problems such as frozen shoulder which you don't need right now. For me it has always taken some time for the injection to kick in. I think it is just the nature of the beast. Please give it and PT some time. Like you said, you have had this pain for 6 years so it can't be fixed in a few days. I will be hoping for you and a good result. Please keep us posted.

Sue, how are you doing now after the injections?

Lisa

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   Posted 10/1/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Lisa,

I was thinking the same thing about the PT.  I have already done that twice and it has never helped, it usually sends me into a flare.  I have decided to contact my ortho doctor tomorrow to let him know I'm still having a lot of pain and I think maybe delaying PT would be a good idea.  I would think by week two if the cortisone is going to work it would have by then.  I needed to take a pain killer tonight and I have ice on my shoulder.  The ice is really bothering me though, I may try heat to see if that does anything for me.

There is never a dull moment with fibro is there!

Meggie
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