Does cortisone cause swelling?

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   Posted 7/21/2006 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I had 2 injections Monday in my lower back or higher butt, depending on one's perspective I guess :)  The rheumy said they were trigger points. My knees were swelled. The only way that I could tell was I couldn't squat. My feet and ankles may have been swelled prior to the cortisone injection, I don't know, but boy they are swelled now. I think my legs are too. Can't really tell. Thanks for any info :)

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   Posted 7/21/2006 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Aldo Hi,

I just had steroid shot's my self and to answer your question yes it can cause edema.I deal with edema all the time and some times I have to have the fluid build up drained and i do take a low does of Lasix and Bumex.Both do help but it still does not take all the fluid off.If you don't mind me asking what other med's are you on?There are alot of med's out there that can cause you to swell and have fluid build -up.

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   Posted 7/21/2006 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Curley:) Don't mind the med question at all. I take a beta blocker, Atenolol, 50mg/day. Lasix, 40mg as needed, Plavix 75mg/day, Lexapro 20mg/day, Prilosec 40mg/day, Imdur (timed released nitroglycerin) 30mg/day, Neurontin 1200mg/day. I recently had to stop Altace, and ACE inhibitor. I took it for 3 years but developed a well known, adverse reaction (dry cough and respiratory problems). I just started with the Tramadol about 3 weeks ago. I don't take it everyday. My rheumo just prescribed Xanax Monday, believe it or not, .5mg/2x/day. I have only took about 5 doses. He told me that I was an extreme A type, and that I was nervous. I told him doctors got on my nerves, lol.

I am used to edema, but I always have noticed it in my hands and gut. Something new everyday, right? I am afraid I will become addicted to the Xanax. Years ago, my PCP prescribed Ativan for me, due to anxiety. He refilled the prescription 3 or 4 times. I went back for another refill and he said no, this stuff is very addictive. I said no kidding. I bought them off the street for 2 more years. Tried many times to stop, but I had to go to D&A rehab to get it done. What a nasty trip!

I got the cortisone injections due to what the doc said could be Baker's cysts (behind my knees) and I guess the trigger points were tender. I had an MRI of my knees Wednesday. Haven't heard anything as of today.

Thanks again for your information. Hope you are doing well and that you have a good weekend ahead :)


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   Posted 7/21/2006 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
here's to better days Rj.
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   Posted 7/27/2006 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I spoke with my Endocronoligist and he said that I have Osteopenia and if I ever get steroids again I would have to go in meds for the Osteopenia,,does that mean cortisone injections as well???? Do they fall into the category that puts me at risk???
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