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Cortisone Shots

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by SignTech, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. SignTech

    SignTech Guest

    I am familiar with the overall aspects of Cortisone injections.

    What I am interested in, is if anyone has had these in their life and how was the outcome?

    I pulled my shoulder last summer lifting a tool box. Have had pain on and off since. Then the last 4 months chronic increasing pain right shoulder. Xrays were clean ... Doc said Tendonitis. "I said, OK ... but this won't heal".

    He said especially if left untreated it could take a year on its own if not more.

    He did an injection in the joint Tuesday (yayy fun btw) ... since Cortisone does not ease pain ... it reduces inflammation and the pain has gone about 70%.

    Anyone have long term experience with this treatment? He said I may need more injections, no more then three total. He believes it will now heal completely ... I don't want surgery. Thanks.
  2. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    side effects

    Nausea -- in up to 30 percent of people
    Insomnia -- up to 28 percent
    Ejaculation problems -- up to 19 percent.....
  3. SignTech

    SignTech Guest

    That's about as much an assh*^$ response as your Avatar lmao ............ xxx
  4. AUTO-FX

    AUTO-FX Very Active Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    I am there right now as well. I've had surgery (13 months ago) and was having alot of pain all over the shoulder ,arm,scapularis. After many many trigger point injections over the course of 6 months, and a "clean" MRI with contrast, they gave me a cortisone injection directly into the bursa and told me there is nothing else to do except exploratory surgery. I was told more cortisone may be administered in about 3 months. It helped, but not a dramatic improvement. Over and over I have been told that shoulders are so complicated, and take a very long time to heal, especially as we get into middle age and beyond. Hopefully you are in a better situation.
  5. SignTech

    SignTech Guest

    Thanks ........... yeah I am not a big fan of this middle age crap ........ yes the shoulder is very complicated ..... I do hope to avoid surgery ... do you ever get a 'loose' feeling like it wants to drop when just standing with arms at your side relaxed?
  6. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    more advice...

    Use the other hand.
  7. SignTech

    SignTech Guest

    lmao ......... :loveya:
  8. petrosgraphics

    petrosgraphics Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    cape cod, ma
    had a number of shots a few years ago... the first time i had it done the doc. came

    out with a 6" needle, thought he was having some fun with me... much to my surprise....

    pushed it into my shoulder, when the syringe was 1/2 full he pulled it out 1/2 way moving

    it around while he emptied the needle, talk about a lot of pain......this went on for over

    a year, every 8 weeks...... it seemed to work.... every now and then it pops and clicks,

    something you get use to after a while.......it is not good for you, but.......

    good luck!!
  9. SignTech

    SignTech Guest

    Thanks ... yes the injection def woke me up lol ........ I read it should not be done too often due to possibly weakening the tendons over time. Glad to hear some success.
  10. hightop

    hightop Member

    Nov 6, 2010
    Sophia, NC
    I have about one/year in the SI (sacroilliac) joint...yes, that's the buttock...and one/yr in the hip. Hurts like %$# for a day and then it is MUCH better for about 6 months. Gradually, gets worse until I am ready to give myself the shot! Surgery is out, so I'll gladly take the shots. They say up to 3/yr are allowed, then the joint will deteriorate.
  11. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

    Dec 30, 2003
    My brother in-law/Dallas cop gets them and says they work great.
    Doctors won't give more than 2-3 a year if I remember right.

    Don't forget hard liquor works good too... :bushmill: :toasting:
  12. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    Had one for my torn rotator cuff, it worked.
  13. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

    May 5, 2005
    Doesn't last. I had it done twice to my elbow and it felt great for about 2 months then back to being painful. Massage therapist fixed it and my damaged delts. (The massage therapist was probably more painful than the shots but it's lasted)

    My Doc mixed novacain with the cortizone so it was painless after the first bit went in. If you get too many I'm told it will turn your tendons to mush and then you're really screwed.

    Find a good massage therapist or a sports medicine specialist. I've been having trouble with a bursae in my knee for the past six months so I'm going to look up a sports specialist and see if they can help me out.
  14. skyhigh

    skyhigh Major Contributor

    Jun 16, 2005
    I've never had cortizone, but I have had a total of 32 steroid injections in my back. Let me tell you about fun.

    These epidural shots are administered between the vertibra. Whats more fun, is when they hit a nerve or the bone, (while they tilt this way and that AFTER the needle is all the way inserted), while attempting to get into the space between the vertibra's. These are big needles compared to the ones where they administered novacaine. I only had the novacaine the first couple times, because THAT didn't help in the least. It was just another poke that I didn't need.

    That whole process didn't help much. Hope your works better.
  15. SignTech

    SignTech Guest

    Great info everyone thank you .............. yes Mike a little Grand Marnier or Scotch helps!
  16. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    I get about 2 a year on my shoulder. I have had 3 surgeries on my left shoulder. Dislocated it twice. Both times my shoulder was in my armpit.
    Shoulders are one of the hardest to give that type of injection to. I have also had them in both knees, ankle and in my hand. The hand was the most painful shot I have ever had in my life. Until it kicked in. Imagine two shots on the top of your hand one either side of your middle knuckle and one on the palm side of your hand at the base of the middle finger.
    I thought my finger was going to explode.

    All in all. I would rather get the injection in my shoulder than go through another MRI with contrast.
  17. SignTech

    SignTech Guest

    @CSDD .......... ouch! You're scaring me lol ..............
  18. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

    Nov 29, 2003
    Kahului, Maui
    me & the Pacific ocean got in a tug-o-war over my surfboard years ago... I lost, but not until I jacked up my shoulder into some serious of state of disrepair...

    ...which I proceeded to ignore for some time, thinking it would heal.. it probably wasn't as bad as a lot of you guys injuries must have been because I could ignore it at times, but I also felt it a lot at other times..

    ...after a few years, it would come and go long enough that i would forget it & then almost not remember what the original injury was when it returned... (quite possibly another self medication topic at play there... but I digress)

    I had some physical therapist look at it & he thought surgery was my only option, so I returned to ignoring it... but then I saw an extremely well respected acupuncturist, and after one treatment I never felt it or thought of it again for the next 5 or 6 years...

    Ironically, I re-injured nearly the same spot moving a heavy duty full size steel lumber rack a few months back and I just called that same acupuncturist today to schedule another treatment!
  19. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    house call

    All kidding aside, just asked my wife, who is a real doctor, about cortisone and she says cortisone is a steroid hormone and is not always the best treatment and of course get a 2nd opinion.
  20. SignTech

    SignTech Guest

    cool thanks ...................

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