I got a cortisone shot in my knee yesterday. I had no pain from the shot or around my knee for 2 hours. Then my leg from the just above the ankle to my thigh started to ache in extreme pain , I could hardly walk, I could not straighten my leg at the knee, and near the sight of the injection became feverous. I took two advil and put ice packs on my leg, but the symtoms did not start subsiding for almost 16 hours. Now it is just hard to bend my knee. Is this a common side effect. I had never had a cortisone shot before
21 Aug 2012
I have had several cortisone shots in my knee, and yes, this is a common reaction. Actually, I'm surprised that your doctor didn't tell you that. Both times I got the shots, my orthopedic doctor sent me home with a prescription for pain meds. I needed them, if I recall correctly (it's been over 20-25 years now) for almost a week. It might have been a few days less. I DO remember the pain though, that is for sure!!
You will feel better soon, and like I said, I haven't needed one for 20-25 years now, so maybe that fixed my problem!!
Best of luck to you!!
21 Aug 2012
This can happen sometimes. You did the right thing by taking an anti-inflammatory and icing the area down. I would recommend that you call your dr and let him/her know what happened, especially if you need to do another injection at some point. Occasionally you can have an allergic reaction to a preservative or inert ingredient in a cortisone injection. Rarely do you see allergic reactions to cortisone.
- Cortisone Information for Consumers
- Cortisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cortisone (detailed)
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