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cortisone
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Karkel - June 28

went to orth today, took xrays I have severe arthritis in right knee...he wants to do cortisone..anyone have these ? Does it hurt ? Does it work ?

 

January - June 30

Hi karkel,

From what I've read, some people do OK, some have a bad time, I guess it depends on your body. There are some discussions on this website about cortisone shots if you look back, including some information about another type of injection called sarapin. I'd suggest you google "Cortisone shots side effects," and read the forums. People have different experiences, ranging from good to horrible. Some people have bad reactions to cortisone. If you've ever taken it by mouth, maybe you know how your body reacts to it.

How bad is your pain? Can you handle it with other things? For example, can you tolerate NSAIDs and their side effects? Have you lost weight? Tried supplements like hyaluronic acid, collagen and glucosamine?

Cortisone is a steroid and can depress your immune system, so you might want to ask your dr. to make sure you don't have an infection going on. It does work to decrease inflammation, but one or two shots may only give you temporary relief. The Wall Street Journal had an article a while ago saying that some researchers found that cortisone injections offered temporary (6-10 weeks) relief for some people - but after a year, many people had more pain. They said there might be a risk of damage to nerves and tendons from the needle going into the joint, especially with repeated shots. Perhaps you can find this article online in the WSJ health blog area. Good luck. It's a hard decision to make, IMO.

 

January - June 30

ooops.. I see you've already found the info on sarapin and it isn't covered by insurance…

 

Fantod - June 30

Karkel - Yes, it is going to hurt like h*ll. And, if you are anything like me, the after effects of the injection due to Fibromyalgia will last for at least a week.

I'm not a big fan of cortisone due to the effects on the immune system. I'd be asking for other options prior to going this route. Good luck and take care.

 

fibromite.u.k. - June 30

I have had cortisone shots into the joint of my big toe (great toe) twice. I have hardly felt the injection go in at all and I was so surprised as I had heard that it would be very painful. It was wonderful and gave me relief from pain for just over eight weeks. The pain comes gradually back after that, but

 

fibromite.u.k. - June 30

I have been given cortisone shots into the joint of my big toe (great toe) twice within the last nine months. I didn't feel any pain at all from the needle going in, and was really surprised as I had heard that it would be very painful. My toe was painful the following day but ok after that. I got complete pain relief for just over eight weeks and then the pain gradually came back, but certainly no worse that it was before. However, the podiatrist says that I can only have one more shot of it, although my doctor says he can't understand why I can't have more shots than that.

I have always got relief with oral steriods and the only bad side effect I get from them is that they tend to make my restless legs worse.

I think everyone is going to react differently, and the only way you will find out is if you give it a go.

 

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