My doctor suggested this yesterday as an option. It will not solve the problem with my knees, but it may help the pain, especially during Monsoon season.
I was told years ago I could only get two injections in a lifetime, however my doctor told me this was not true. I have had one, and it hurt like holy HELLO. :( I am kind of scared to get another. But the pain has been pretty bad in both legs. :(
I am curious if people have had it done more than once, and while I know no one is the same, how long it lasted? How many can someone get and how often (if needed)?
They work for a short time, and can be painful when administered, especially in the knees. Another every 6-weeks or so, just a band-aid though, as you probably already know. Hope this helps.
14 Jul 2012
About 18 years ago I had severe Bursitis in my shoulder and my orthopedic surgeon treated me with cortizone injections. The first round was 3 shots and I think about 4-6 weeks in between sounds right, it's hard to remember. But I sure do remember the pain during the injection!!! OUCH! I would cry through the whole thing. After the third injection the Bursitis cleared up and the pain was gone. It reoccurred with a vengence about two years later and the cortizone did not work. If I remember correctly they gave me quite a few injections in a short period of time. My Ortho sent me to a sports medicine doc abd he said, "I'm going to try one more Cortizone injection and if it isn't effective we will discuss surgery," Well that last one did the trick! By the next day I was pain-free and the Bursitis hasn't bothered me since (Thank God!). Anyway, I can definitely relate to the pain you are going through and I hope your story has a happy ending like mine did! Love, Lisa Z.
15 Jul 2012
Hi Rachelin, I remember your question a few days ago about how bad your osteoarthritis is hurting. I have a friend who also has it in the knees really bad, & her Pain doc gave her a shot in her knee & it did hurt like Holy Hello! She said it did help, but only for a couple of weeks. She needs surgery on hers & is awaiting an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon to find out her options. My left knee is worse than my right, but I don't feel ready for a knee replacemnt just yet. I think it has to be an indiviual decision.
That bone on bone really hurts like HELLO for sure! I have it in every joint in my body so I can really relate, & live on the Mississippi River & the humidity is a killer.What did you decide about pain medication? Are you going for the long acting type or just still the oxycodone? You could just take a stronger dose & use a walking stick or something. It really helps. I can't use a cane or a walker (& don't want to yet), but have a fancy looking walking stick that really helps out a lot. It's just a wooden broom stick with a rubber cane tip on it, & I decorated it with colored duct tape. Get a lot of complements on it too. It really helps when you are sitting & getting up as you can grab hold with both hands & pull yourself up rather than put all that pressure on your knees to get up to a standing position. Then it helps too to take the weight off your knees when walking. Just a suggestion. You are the one who has had the injection before so how did it help the first time? Expect about the same results I would venture to say. Best of wishes to you, & let us know what you decide to do... Mary
I got 4 cortisone injections in my shoulder which helped for awhile then wore off each time. In retrospect, physical therapy would have been much better.
Later I REALLY could have used it after a stroke. I could barely move my arm at all and my shoulder and arm hurt like hell for months and months. I was told NO to getting an injection because the injections 10 years ago had already weakened the tendons or something and it could not be done again.
So I personally have a fairly dim view of the injections. The doctor at the time never told me about the weakening problem. However, I see above that someone else had success with them.
15 Jul 2012
Rachael, Apparently you went to a doc who didn't know what they were doing. I had multiple injections in both knees... painless. I was seeing an orthopaedic surgeon. My injections lasted several months and was told I could get them every 6 months. Each person will have varying experiences with the injections. Another option my orthopod gave me was injection of a viscous substance into the space to cushion the pounding your knees take all day, every day. Like everything else, works for some and not so well for others. I would recommended holding off surgery for as long as possible. My knees were so bad, I had bone on bone in both knees. They hurt all the time. Something had to be done as the cortisone injections no longer worked and I was not a good candidate for the viscous fluid injections. So, I had surgery on my right knee. If the hospital wasn't bad enough, the PT was brutal.
I called my therapist my terrorist. Buy he was cute, and if I did my exercises, after 2 months I was up and running. But my knee still hurt. It's a crap shoot at best. I know what you're going through, been there. I actually swore I wouldn't do my other knee until it hurt worse than the total knee replacement I had in the right. I am a chronic pain person with bulging discs and cervical and lumbar stenosis. So and, my arthritis issues from genetics and 22 years of ICU nursing has rendered me in pain every day. It's painful to stand up, but once I'm up, my knees don't hurt as bad as my back and neck. I've had steroid injections in both places, now looking into nerve stimulators for my back. I'm trying to wait as long as I can for more surgery. That's the information I have to offer. You can have injections every 6 months and they aren't supposed to hurt that bad. Try to hold off on surgery as long as you can. I wish you the very best luck in finding pain relief, as much as is possible .. Peace, Laura
Dear Rachel, I've had cortisone shots in my right knee, before it was replaced, and in both shoulders. I won't lie to you, they're not the most comfortable of things, but the end justified the means. Most doctors have a type of lidocaine spray that will help numb the area of injection. The cortisone is designed to reduce the swelling in the joint, thereby reducing the pain. Now the bad news, cortisone will eat away at cartilage, which is why you don't want to have too many of the shots. Of course, your OA is already wearing away your cartilage, so you have to weigh one against the other.
You might want to ask your dr about getting syn visc shots. The short explanation is they come in a series of 3-5, one a week. It's an almost gel-like substance that is injected into the joint, building up a "cushion" in the joint that helps where the cartilage has been worn away. Not only are they extremely helpful for a lot of people, but they don't cause the inner damage to the cartilage that the cortisone shots do. I had them done three times before the replacement. If you have any more questions about either, you're welcome to friend me and we can talk more. I'm hoping this will help you some. Best of luck in your search for relief! :) Lisa
My husband had cortizone shots in his feet-didn't do any good. My son had some that didn't work. My primary care doctor wanted me to get some and sent me to a specialist-achilles tendons and bursitis. The specialist ordered ultra sound and physical therapy-according to him and the PT- steriods can cause scar tissue. I guess that might have happened to my husband because he got worse- then he had to have surgery-and getting rid of scar tissue was part of the surgery. While I hire a dog walker-I can't walk very far- get pain-My quality of life is improving. I'd ask about scar tissue and you didn't say if you're seeing a specialist or GP. My GP is now more competent and I'm so grateful that he referred me to a specialist. I did have a cortizone shot-broken wrist years ago and the idiot thought that I had carpal tunnel syndrome-That's another reason to get a second opinion.
1 Sep 2014
Im reading all these responses and, it's got me cimeing to a conclusion that these shots could cause more damage then needed and dont last. I fractured my spine and hips four years ago, im in chronic pain all the time and now my doctor wants to address this when they couldve when it happened. Im going to give these shots 1 chance and im getting a new doctor anyways... omg best of luck
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