Cortison Injection - Do it? or Say NO?

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   Posted 9/22/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I am going to back to see the third ortho I saw last month. My husband and I keep talking back and forth about the cortison injection he wants to do in just one of my arms. They are both bad but my right, as I am right hand dominant, is worse and thats the one he wants to do the injection in.

On one end - I'm like heck ya if it will relieve some of my pain!

On the other end - Is this going to help? or make things worse?

What am I am going to do if this doesn't work... I'm already frustrated as it is...

What are you thoughts on Cortison Steroid Injections? Anyone ever had them and that work?


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   Posted 9/22/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I had one done in my left shoulder for bursitis a long time ago and it got rid of 95% of the issue. To this day I only have occasional, minor issues that only occur if I sleep on it wrong or something like that. I personally would do it again in a heartbeat if the problem came up again.

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   Posted 9/22/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have gotten them in several areas.  Some worked wonders, others, not so much.  They usually do cortisone first to see if it will help.  I say give it a chance.  If it does help, you won't regret it.
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   Posted 9/22/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   

I had bursitis in my left shoulder 13 yrs ago, finally got in to see ortho in 3 months, he withdrew fluid from the sac and it felt better, 2 yrs later got bursitis in right shoulder. The pcp gave me a shot of cortisone, days later I got Shingles. Between those few days I lost my insurance. I was in terrible pain, burning & itching. They didn't know what brought it on. I read awhile later that steroids can bring on Shingles. I was told you only get Shingles 1x, I have had them more than a dozen times.

The steroids can also destroy your bones. Most drs. don't admit to that, but it is true. I have been going to ortho for my shoulders, knees, hands, & back. He wants to give me steroids so badly, and I refuse. I told him my reasons and he smiles. He even said to me I can't guantee you wouldn't get Shingles again, but you know how the pain is, You could deal w/ it. What kind of stupid logic is that?    I am not having the steroids again. My DM also got Shingles after a steroid shot, and hers came back several times, also                    I have had the 'lube' shots in my knees to hopefully build up the cartilage, so far, nothing.

You have to make the decision, but this is my view on those shots. I wish you good luck.

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 9/23/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and sometimes it screws you up. It never worked for me, put my mother in the hospital for several weeks (alergic reaction), but worked miracles for my grandmother. Statistically (this is the killer I know) you should be fine and there is a good chance (better than 50%) that the injection(s) will have a beneficial effect. It surely isn't the wonder product a lot of doctors are bragging about but the statistical evidence is really accurate and it is usually considered worth a "shot". Here in Belgium Social Security can deny further treatment refunding unles you at least tried it (or can proof you are alergic), don't know the situation in other countries though.

Personally I should try, Alice told you the worst case scenario so you know that as well now.

Keep us posted.
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   Posted 9/23/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I have had 3.  The frist made me worse, back pain increased tremendiously.. the second didnt really do anything either way just brought me back to statis quo before the first injection and I just had the 3rd a week ago monday...this one has made me worse...again back pain got worse.. I wont be getting the 4th I think altho I know several people that didnt have any luck with the first 3 and got the 4th and bam! It worked.

I really think it us up to the indivual and what the problem is that they are having.  I have also know several people that the 1st or 2nd worked.  I do think that it is worth a try because at the end of the day if it works you are one of the lucky ones and wont be traveling down the road of even worse options...  Also another thing to consider is what other options you have if you dont try the shots.

Hoping things work well for you


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   Posted 9/23/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Many years ago I had lots of shots of steroids, it was the only thing that kept the inflammation down in my neck and back. It can work wonders for inflammation. In order for the steroids to destroy your bones you would have to be on daily mega doses for quite a long time.......Susie

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   Posted 9/24/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I just recently had cortisone in the right shoulder for bursitis. At the time my doc told me that it was going to either start working right away or I would hurt like crazy for a few days before something happened (either good or bad) changed. Well, I fell into that second category. I got the shot, by late that night I was starting to hurt. Went to sleep, got up the next day thinking "What have I done? This is worse than when I went in!" I was absolutely miserable.

After about 3 almost 4 days, as soon as it stopped hurting from the injection, it has really helped. I work on a computer all night and previously within an hour of starting work I'd be chewing on the breakthrough meds I have. It's been just about a week now and it's made a huge difference. I'm still somewhat sore at the end of a shift, but it's not nearly what it was beforehand. I would previously be on the verge of tears - now, by the time I'm off work I'm just grumbling a little bit. Barely enough to warrant eating ibuprofen.

You know what the worst case scenarios are, and you now know some of the best case scenarios. I can't say that you SHOULD try it, but at least you now know what the stories are from both sides and you can make a judgment call for yourself.

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   Posted 9/25/2008 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for replying!!!!! I am going to consider everything you have all said and I think I agree with most you -

what's the worst that can happen? I might feel better!?

I will keep you all "posted" closer to the date!!

JR blush

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   Posted 9/25/2008 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
JR...I'm glad that you're at least feeling more confident about making a decision. Frequently, trying to sort it all out is the worst for me. I will admit that there have been times that I've literally had to sit down and write pros and cons lists so that I can see which has more points. lol
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