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SaintLouieWoman
08-24-2011, 09:22 PM
Who here has had cortisone shots? I had two for injuries to the rotator cuff a couple years ago when my Blue pulled so hard that he really injured the rotator cuff. Between the shots and physical therapy, never needed surgery.

Today had my final exam with the orthopedic surgery before the knee surgery. He told me my knee was "really bad". It hardly bends, almost have to walk stiff legged on the one side. He said to keep me going til the surgery he'd give me a cortisone shot.

I'm just wondering how long it takes for it to really kick in? I'm starting to feel better, not as much muscle pain. He said that's a consequence of the knee being in such terrible shape and the way I'm walking to accomodate it.

I had one last December and remember it helped, but with all the other stuff going on in our lives, the memory is a tad fuzzy.

Would appreciate any feedback from anyone with knowledge of or experience with those shots. :)

Rockntractor
08-24-2011, 09:34 PM
Cortisone acts fast, normally the same day.

SaintLouieWoman
08-24-2011, 09:53 PM
Cortisone acts fast, normally the same day.


Thanks worried that it might be psychological, that placebo effect. The pain is remarkably decreasing. I did some of my PT exercises shortly after we returned from the doc's and it still hurt. I might go back and try the same exercises and see if it's better.

The insurance limits the amount of PT that can be used after surgery. I'm going to try to do the pre-PT on my own, to save the sessions for when I'll big time need them.

The last knee surgery I ended up having to foot the bill for another 4 or 5 months PT after my medical coverage for it ran out. I don't want to have to do that again.

fettpett
08-24-2011, 11:33 PM
just don't have a lot of them. Your body will start depending on an outside source of cortisone and will slow down production of it, if not stop it.

Bubba Dawg
08-24-2011, 11:40 PM
I've had them in my knees. They didn't hurt much and helped for a few weeks.

The doctor said I can take them about every 3 months as needed.

SaintLouieWoman
08-24-2011, 11:58 PM
I've had them in my knees. They didn't hurt much and helped for a few weeks.

The doctor said I can take them about every 3 months as needed.

Had one in December and it didn't hurt that much. This time they did it on the other side (exterior) of the knee and it did hurt. It could be because they hit a "little vein" and scared the heck out of me with the bleeding.

Hopefully this will be my last and will tide me over til October. SR says I'm stubborn but don't like to take NSAIDS for the inflammationa as I have acid reflux. Never have found one of those drugs that didn't cause more pain than the knee. Maybe I'll give in and take tylenol when the cortisone starts wearing off.

lacarnut
08-25-2011, 01:54 AM
I had a shot in my knee several years ago. It did not hurt and the pain went away pronto.

RobJohnson
08-29-2011, 05:54 AM
I've had them in my knees. They didn't hurt much and helped for a few weeks.

The doctor said I can take them about every 3 months as needed.

Same here, that was almost four years ago and the problem resolved itself.

Our bodies send pain signals for a reason, it means something needs to be corrected, not just covered up.