Cortisone injections???????

  1. Okay, the scripture in the Bible that says, "It is better to give than receive" is absolutely my feelings when it comes to needles going into my body. In other words, I'm a big weenie!!! My right knee cap is shattered and I currently take 2 Darvocet QID just to make it through my shifts at work, lots of pain involved here! The last time I saw my doc he mentioned a Cortisone injection and the chicken that I am nearly peed myself at the thoughts. I have heard so many horror stories about how painful they are to get. He said he would numb it first but, I can count and that means 2 needles instead of one. I'm in a bad position here because the pain is getting worse and I cannot afford to be off the length of time it would take for surgery. So, what I would like to know is, have any of you ever had one, is it as bad as I've heard and what are the pros and cons of getting one? Do you think it would ease my pain? Duckie's a wimp, she admits it, so your input would really make her happy. :kiss
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  3. by   cargal
    Where is the pain? I had them in my foot. Didn't help my heel spur, but if I thought it would help, I would go for it. Get the MD to give you a script for a couple vicodan first, but you must have someone drive you.
  4. by   Eeyore
    In order to make it thru school last year I agreed to cortisone injections, altho I only had the first one. The dr gave the numbing injection first, which hurt like @#$%, anyway I remember that my knee felt full but not painful. Put ice on it asap. The bad part is that it only worked for 3 days before the pain returned. Dr. said this was unusual as there should be long weeks to few months of relief. Just my .02
  5. by   moonchild20002000
    I have had cortisone injections in my elbow and shoulder.

    I didn't think they were that bad. I think the anticipation is the worst part.
    I won't lie,it did hurt a little. It seems to me that my pain was worse the next day or so then things got better.

    Most docs will tell you that it takes a while for the injection to be effective. Also,they don't always work.

    I have had a total of 7 injections and if I needed to do it again I would. By the way,I'm a wimp!!!
  6. by   kaycee
    They are not that bad. I've had several in my r foot and one under fluoroscopy in my r hip. They don't always work but if they do you get good relief for a time. They are only a quick fix and can't be given too often.
  7. by   Jenny P
    I've had a number of cortisone injections in my right bursa and in my right sacro-illiac "joint" (that was under flouro). They do help after the first day or so (when they do hurt); but I have found that the more you have, the shorter the time they help. I've also had minesectomies(sp?) on both knees by laporoscopy and that it wasn't so bad.

    Life is pretty good when you don't have to deal with pain all of the time. You aren't doing your knee any favor walking around on a shattered knee cap. I was off work for 6 weeks each time with my knee surgeries; use your vacation time and sick time and fix your knee. You need to take care of yourself, Duckie; lots of people love you and are counting on you to be there when they need you.
  8. by   shay
    I've had 3 cortisone injections for plantar fascitits (sp?). I could have kissed my doc when she was done. Oh, sweet relief!!!!!!!

    But the others are can't get them done too often. Oh, but the relief!!! It is miraculous!!!!!
  9. by   ptnurse
    I have had a couple and they really helped me. The numbing agent the ortho guy used on me was just a spray. Get the shot and buy yourself some relief.
  10. by   recnurse1
    Oh, Shay.... I know what you mean.... I had the shots in my heel too, and the doc had to scrape me off his ceiling !{but, that wasn't as bad as the mylogram I had !!!} The cortisone did help me with the pain for a while....
  11. by   cactus wren
    Ive had my wrist shot, and several in my foot for a Mortens Neuroma, and they really helped.Podiatrist used marcaine in with the steroids, and they went numb really fast, and lasted awhile.Have only needed the 1 in my wrist, ortho doc puy me on celebrx and love that drug.........hope it will keep me on my feet for the remaiming years(5) until I can retire.
  12. by   thisnurse
    i get them when i need them in my knee and sometimes in my thigh near where i have a metal plate. have also had them for bone spurs.
    i dont find them all that painful, altho they do hurt, they dont last long and its soooo nice to be rid of that pain.
    with my knee it usually swells for a day or two after the injection, after that the pain relief lasts me up to a year or more.
    i KNOW thats not usual but its how my strange body works.