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How long are cortisone injections in the neck suppose to last before the pain returns?

How long are cortisone injections in the neck suppose to last before the pain returns?

It depends: It depends on the type of steroid that was used on you. We do not use cortisone anymore for steroid injection as its effect is generally short (4 hours.). More common steroid preparations are methprednisolone or triamcinolone. It also depends if you had a series of injections or just one. Depending on how severe your radiculopathya, the effect could be less than a month to about 6 months or more. ...Read more

Dr. Derron Wilson
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Cortisone Injections (Definition)

The word "cortisone" is thrown around a lot to mean a steroid, but there are many different types of steroids, and not all spaghetti is the same. In general, steroid injections are used to reduce inflammation. Inflammation = pain. You reduce the inflammation, you reduce the pain. Some steroids last longer than others, but can produce side effects. Discuss which one is being ...Read more


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Can a cortisone shot help with burning neck pain? Do doctors ever do a emg on the neckti find out if the nerve is damaged? I also have numbness neck?

Can a cortisone shot help with burning neck pain? Do doctors ever do a emg on the neckti find out if the nerve is damaged? I also have numbness neck?

Yes: Depending on other clinical features, it is common for a physician to order an EMG and or ncs to evaluate this symptom complex as part of a broader diagnostic framework. This can help determine whether a peripheral nerve, plexus or root problem is present, to what degree, and clarify other potential problems associated with your symptoms. ...Read more

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I injured my hip flexor two years ago have done pt and cortisone shots still have pain and now am suffering from severe chronic neck pain to the point?

I injured my hip flexor two years ago have done pt and cortisone shots still have pain and now am suffering from severe chronic neck pain to the point?

SIjt.painradiation: Cortisone for a muscle injury-no! Help me understand what kind of a thigh muscle injury would last 2 years. If you had a beneficial systemic effect from the corticosteroid injection for a short time, your age favors a spondylopathy that a rheumatologist should be diagnosing and treating. AS and others attack your age group. Good luck! If no rheumatologist see an internist or a better FP. ...Read more

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Neck pain/migraine past 2 yrs. "whiplash synd." went to neuro. Tried rhizotomy, cortisone, pt, chiro/massage. Still suffering. Any idea on next steps?

Neck pain/migraine past 2 yrs. "whiplash synd." went to neuro. Tried rhizotomy, cortisone, pt, chiro/massage. Still suffering. Any idea on next steps?

Post-traumatic HA: Patients with a previous history of a primary headache (e.g. Migraine) disorder have a probability of developing a post-traumatic headache.Trauma may involve the cervical spine, especially in an acceleration-deceleration (whiplash) injury. The muscles may develop trigger points that are capable of referring pain to the head triggering migraine.
Rec.: see interventional pain management specialist. ...Read more

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I have unexplained shoulder, arm, and neck pain. Done 4 mri's, emg, and x-rays; all neg for causes. Done pt, cortisone/cervical epidural. Help?

I have unexplained shoulder, arm, and neck pain. Done 4 mri's, emg, and x-rays; all neg for causes. Done pt, cortisone/cervical epidural. Help?

Agree with Rheum App: Could be a pain syndrome like fibromyalgia or a complex regional pain syndrome. A good rheumatologic exam is important. Certain medications that are directed to this type of pain may be the solution for you as long as there are no other mechanical reasons for pain, like arthritis. ...Read more

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Cortisone injections vs prp injections. Which is the better choice when dealing with a lower back injury?

Cortisone injections vs prp injections. Which is the better choice when dealing with a lower back injury?

PRP: I would use PRP. It's regenerative versus degenerative.It helps your body to heal rather than just breaking down inflammation as cortisone does. ...Read more

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I'm having bi lateral cortisone injections done on my back. it says no Vitamins A-E, why is that? I'm assuming it's only supplements.

Uncertain: There is more of a risk of bleeding with the NSAIDs. I am uncertain about these vitamins. You need to discuss it with your physician. ...Read more

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I have widespread neuritis and pin prick sensations that came on suddenly after cortisone injections in back. If medication induced, will it go away? It feels like bee stings and firecrackers going off in my body.

I have widespread neuritis and pin prick sensations that came on suddenly after cortisone injections in back. If medication induced, will it go away? It feels like bee stings and firecrackers going off in my body.

ER: Please go for a full history and physical exam immediately to rule out infection, drug reaction, injury, and other potential etiologies of your symptoms. Call the MD who did the injection immediately to coordinate care. ...Read more

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My tendon is inflammed under my foot. The tendon that runs through the arch . I tried cortisone injections and prp already. Pain back . Please help ?

My tendon is inflammed under my foot. The tendon that runs through the arch . I tried cortisone injections and prp already. Pain back . Please help ?

Way overuse.: Attacking the symptoms and not the cause is just like cutting the wire to your warning light on the dashboard in your car. Serious consideration must be given as to root of the problem. More than likely you have an overuse issue. Until you radically limit the continuous overuse of the foot your symptoms are going to be an issue for long time. Try consulting with a specialist that can help. ...Read more

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5 cortisone injections in lower back about 4-5 weeks ago. Have had ankle and foot swelling ever since. Frequent nighttime urination. Normal?

5 cortisone injections in lower back about 4-5 weeks ago.  Have had ankle and foot swelling ever since.  Frequent nighttime urination.  Normal?

Check for diabetes: Steroid injections can just about alway increase blood sugar so if you are a diabetic patient (even in you did not know it) it could bring on diabetic symptoms. ...Read more

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Could cortisone shots cause really bad head and eye and neck ache the first night?

Could cortisone shots cause really bad head and eye and neck ache the first night?

Related?: Based on your description, it could be a number of things (such as migraine heache, elevated blood pressure, etc). You need to see an eye doctor and a regular doctor for evaluation and proper therapy. ...Read more

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Can cortisone injections fix shoulder pain?

Can cortisone injections fix shoulder pain?

Sometimes: In properly indicated cases, cortisone injections may fix shoulder pain. Its usually helpful for pain from arthritis, and bursitis in the setting of an intact rotator cuff. Its not very helpful for rotator cuff tears, or labral tears. ...Read more

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Will cortisone injections help my alopecia?

Will cortisone injections help my alopecia?

Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata treatment
in alopecia areata, the hair usually grows back by itself, but very slowly. Sometimes the new hair is temporarily gray or white, but after awhile, the original color usually returns. Cortisone injections often stimulate hair growth and will hasten the resolution of the process. This is the preferred method of treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal to use cortisone injections for rotator cuff injuries?

Is it normal to use cortisone injections for rotator cuff injuries?

Rotator cuff: I would agree that rotator cuff injuries involve inflammation of the rotator cuff and bursa. These problems can be effectively treated with oral and injectable steroids. Physical therapy is an effective adjunct to treatment. However, if the injury represents a tear...A cortisone injection will not fix this. It may provide some temporary relief however. See your doc. ...Read more

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I am still have terrible pain 2 yrs after tkr surgery, should I get cortisone injections?

I am still have terrible pain 2 yrs after tkr surgery, should I get cortisone injections?

Need eval: If the pain is in the artificial knee it has to be evaluated for loosening, infection, instability, possible knee cap malfunction, or very rarely metal allergy. If the pain is along the inside and just over the top of the shin bone, it may be pes anseurene bursitis. Only in this condition injection may be warranted. You need to be evaluated by your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the maximum number of cortisone injections a person have in multiple joints per year?

What is the maximum number of cortisone injections a person have in multiple joints per year?

See details: You need to provide more specifics. What type of arthritis is present? What systemic therapies have been tried? Has the person seen a rheumatologist? In general, repeated injections of multiple joints are not a good idea. ...Read more

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Are cortisone injections for joint inflammation ok?

Are cortisone injections for joint inflammation ok?

Have value: Used on a limited basis have value at alleviating pain reducing inflammation, particularly for inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid, gout, etc). Should be used with caution if at all in younger pt with no evidence of cartilage breakdown or inflammatory arthritis. In this situation underlying cause of pain must be identified/addressed as apposed to repeated injections. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cortisone injections?

Cortisone injections: The word "cortisone" is thrown around a lot to mean a steroid, but there are many different types of steroids, and not all spaghetti is the same. In general, steroid injections are used to reduce inflammation. Inflammation = pain. You reduce the inflammation, you reduce the pain. Some steroids last longer than others, but can produce side effects. Discuss which one is being used w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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How effective are cortisone injections for costochondritis?

How effective are cortisone injections for costochondritis?

Anti-inflammatory : I would recommend taking an anti-inflammatory by mouth over a steroid injection. Costochondritis is inflammation of the muscle between the ribs. Underneath that sits the lung. An injection given to deep can puncture the lung and cause breathing problems. I would recommend an anti-inflammatory medication by mouth to treat instead of an injection. ...Read more

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Is there a limit to cortisone injections ? Like how many can I get ?

Probably: How much and how often determines the total dose. What the injections are for also determine the benefit versus the risk of suppressing your own production of cortisone. There may be other side effects such as the possibility of developing cataracts, GI problems, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more

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How good are epidurial cortisone injections for a pinched nerve?

How good are epidurial cortisone injections for a pinched nerve?

Fair: There is strong scientific evidence that esi for a pinched nerve from an acute disk herniation can help control symptoms, buy time for recovery, and decrease the need for microdiscectomy. Esi for a pinched nerve from sources other than an acute disk herniation is widely accepted, but less definitively proven. Esi in the absence of symptomatic nerve compression is of unproven benefit. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections?

What's the difference between hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections?

Big differences: Cortisone injections are performed to decrease joint inflammation. Injections with hyaluronic acid derivatives have a number of known and some unexplained actions on the joint. The hyaluronic acid derivatives increase lubrication, and change how the lining of the knee functions. Cortisone is usually one injection, hyaluronic acid is 3 or more injections. ...Read more

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I had bad headaches for 3 weeks after cortisone injections. Is this normal?

I had bad headaches for 3 weeks after cortisone injections. Is this normal?

No: That is not a typical reaction to a cortisone injection. Assuming this was no a spinal injection (which is a different topic altogether) i would look at other things that the cortisone could have done. One common is a rise in blood sugars. If you are prone to higher blood sugars, this can cause a rise that can make you ill - headaches, fatigue, urinating more, etc. Ask your dr to check... ...Read more

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How long does the side effects of cortisone injections last? Its been 3 weeks and 2 ER trips and I'm on more meds now then before.

How long does the side effects of cortisone injections last? Its been 3 weeks and 2 ER trips and I'm on more meds now then before.

Cortisone: is most helpful if the cause of pain is due to tissue inflammation. Headaches due to migraine ( I notice you take Relpax) may not necessarily respond to steroids. The same goes for shoulder pain if there is no tissue inflammation. ...Read more

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I've been having a serious problem with my hair NOT growing on the crown of my head for some years now. I've had Cortisone injections (didn't work) I'?

I've been having a serious problem with my hair NOT growing on the crown of my head for some years now. I've had Cortisone injections (didn't work) I'?

This may be "male: Pattern Baldness". In men it's usually a combination of testosterone's effect on the hair follicles and genetics. Women who have this condition may have either an autoimmune reaction to a patch of hair (alopecia aeriata) or a reproductive hormone imbalance . If you put your hair in a tite pony tail or bun, possibly that could contribute. Please see a doctor! Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Do cortisone injections also work for carpal tunnel?

Do cortisone injections also work for carpal tunnel?

YES cortisone works : There have been many studies that have demonstrated the efficacy of corticosteroid injections for carpal tunnel and there have been those that said they do not work.

Much depends upon the severity, chronicity and duration of the carpal tunnel as well as other health factors

yes cortisone works but not all the the time short answer. ...Read more

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Is cortisone taken by mouth as affective as cortisone injections?

No difference: PO corticosteroids are as effective as IM corticosteroids and are well-tolerated by most patients. The IM should be considered only when the delivery of a medication must be confirmed, if patient cannot tolerate an oral medication, or when compliance is uncertain. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more