How long does it take for a cortisone shot to work?

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   Posted 11/11/2014 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
How long do the shots usually take to work, if they are going to work?

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   Posted 11/11/2014 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Chelsea everyone is different of course and I know you and everyone gets tired of us saying that but its unfortunately the truth. Some ppl get immediate relief just from the numbing meds in the injection if your Dr used them liberally and deep enough,others do not report much in the way of relief for at least 5 days to 10 given the steroids need time to kick in and relieve the inflammation process and speed up healing thru faster cell reproduction and there is the small percentage that reports seeing little to no relief. It is really too early to even begin to think if your going to be in that small percentage of people. Ice and heat alternating or one or the other whichever brings about the most relief for you and rest but dont refrain from using the knee as the meds are better dispersed when movement comes into play.

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   Posted 11/11/2014 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you did that and hope you feel some relief very soon. Did your dr give you any info on when that will happen?

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   Posted 11/12/2014 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
CF, I wouldn't necessarily start to worry yet. Like Vickie said, everyone responds differently. My Mum has recently had a series of cortisone injections in her shoulders for tendon/bursitis pain (she broke both arms up through the neck of the humerus a few months back) and she had quite profound relief within 24 hours. Opposite side of the coin...I've had injections in both my hip and shoulder and actually had an increase in pain for a week or two before the cortisone has really started to kick in.

Think opinion differs on what sort of activity to do after... I know both my GP & physio advised a couple of days rest after each injection before trying to return to normal exercises, but I've heard other people advised the total opposite.

Hope you get some relief soon.

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   Posted 11/12/2014 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always been told 4-5 days. I had some trigger point injections yesterday containing steroids and it hasn't helped at all yet, if anything I feel worse. But, I have had them before (in my shoulder) and it did work, just took about 5 days.

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   Posted 11/12/2014 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Injections are hit or miss. I've done over 200 injections, some work and some never did. I have a PM appointment today and I think I'm schedule for an injection too. I get them in my neck which doesn't hurt too much. It's the sound of the liquid going in that makes me cringe since the needle is right by my ear.
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   Posted 11/12/2014 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
All I can add is yes, this is all true information. My daughter gets injections every 6 months. Sometimes they work the same day, sometimes several days later, sometimes nothing.
Hold on and moderate activity and heat or ice, lite stretching if your able

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   Posted 11/14/2014 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I completely understand feeling discouraged, Chelsea - but my guess is that you won't be living with "this" pain forever. You may live with some degree of pain but your injury seems like it could be rehabbed.

Have you seen a sports medicine specialist? I hurt my hamstring once and was sidelined for like 2 months with unbelievable pain until I went to see a sports med doctor who was able to help me fully heal it in about 6 weeks.

I'm sorry you're so discouraged. It stinks.
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