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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?

If it is an epidural: If this was an epidural steroid injection, there is a 2% risk of what is called a spinsl headache due to an incidental puncture of the dural sac leading to a small leak of cerebral spinal fluid that usually resolves on its own but occasionally requires an injection of your own blood at the original site of the epidural iinjection which is known as a "blood patch." this seals the leak. ...Read more

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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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How come cortisone injections cause three days of excruciating pain?

How come cortisone injections cause three days of excruciating pain?

Cortisone: Injection usually feels good immediately due to numbing medicine. Cortisone works progressively and is usually maximally effective in 3-4 days. During the interim from shot to day three may be increased pain especially at site of injection. ...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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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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I've tried PT, home remedies and cortisone injections. Nothing helps. What's next?

I've tried PT, home remedies and cortisone injections. Nothing helps. What's next?

TCM: Traditional Chinese medicine look for signs of disharmony in the whole body, not just the brain, migraine or headache. As their predecessors have done for 5,000 years, they relieve migraines by using acupuncture and Chinese herbs to correct imbalances. Call East-West center near you. ...Read more

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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

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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 cortisone taken by mouth as affective as cortisone injections?

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

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Have u ever had someone to itch all over from a knee cortisone injections ?

Have u ever had someone to itch all over from a knee cortisone injections ?

Allergic reaction: It is possible to have an allergic reaction from any injection.Call your doctor or ask your pharmacist for help in managing your itching. ...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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more