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Old Oct 6, '05, 10:20 am
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Default Cortisone shot: how long does it take to work?

This is a question that doesn't have anything to do with religion, but I hope that someone might be able to help me out.

For the past three years or so I've had terrible back problems. I found out about a month ago, and after having an MRI done , that I have multiple herniations going down much of my spine. The specialist I went to suggested that I get a spinal injection. So, last Thursday (one week ago to the day of this post) I had a spinal injection of cortisone, or of some other steroid, placed directly into my spine. The pamphlet I was given told me that the steroid would relieve inflamation and pain, but that the steroid would take 4-7 hours to 1 week to begin working. Well, it's been one week and my back is still very much inflamed. I've been looking at articles online, and I've discovered that for some people the relief from cortisone is immediate, whereas for others it takes weeks. I honestly haven't experienced any noticeable relief, and I'm wondering if the cortisone is working for me.

I go for another shot next Tuesday, but I'm just wondering from people who might have had cortisone shots in their back, how long it took for them to get relief, and whether or not the cortisone shot effectively resulted in some permament relief. Is there anyone for whom cortisone proved completely ineffective? Also, how long does cortisone affect the body?

I really appreciate any advice or personal stories! Thanks!
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Old Oct 6, '05, 10:33 am
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Playing softball and roping calves for years left me with a rotator cuff that just killed me, chronic persistant pain. Couldn't use my right arm for much.
I had cortisone therapy and it worked very well for me. But, I had to have 2 treatments. I had them over the course of several months. The first treatment didn't fully arrest the pain. The second treatment they used a different "cocktail" of steroids and that did the trick.

The pressure from the injections lasted a couple days after the second injection that went deep into my shoulder. After the pressure was gone - there was no pain at all, and I have had no pain after several years.

If your treatment doesn't 'Kick-in' - ask your doctor if there may be another type of steriod that may be stronger or more appropriate.
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Old Oct 6, '05, 10:52 am
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Yes, thank you for your personal story. My spine has been feeling very tighty, like someone where pressuring it with a wrench. So, I'm trying to get rid of the feeling of pressure-pain. I'm hoping that the second shot will loosen up the pressure that keeps from complete mobility.

That's interesting that you had two treatments over a period of months. It seems to me that the shots one gets in the back have shorter spaces between them. I wonder why that is.

Again, thank you!
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Old Oct 6, '05, 11:13 am
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When I needed my hip replaced (result of dwarfism) - I found a hip support group at www.totallyhip.org

If you go there, and do a search on cortisone, you can read some of the personal stories of members. After my research, I'd try an alternative to cortisone shots.
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That's interesting that you had two treatments over a period of months. It seems to me that the shots one gets in the back have shorter spaces between them. I wonder why that is.

Again, thank you!
The only reason for the length of time between treatments was my own stubborn reluctance to go back. It may have just been several weeks... its been a few years. I just put it off, and put up with pain. silly. They didn't tell me to come back till I told them that the first round didn't work.
Then they said come back in.
The pressure of the shots was very uncomfortable for a few days, but gradually went away and the pain with it. Good Luck ~ hope it works for you as it did for me.
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After a particularly grueling marathon that got the best of me, one of my knees was giving me trouble. I went for 6 months of physical therapy but still could not run more than 2 miles without my knee screaming. (Torture for a running addict like me) So I finally agreed to the cortisone shots. Best thing I ever did. The injections were no biggie at all and my knee troubles cleared right up.

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This is a question that doesn't have anything to do with religion, but I hope that someone might be able to help me out.

For the past three years or so I've had terrible back problems. I found out about a month ago, and after having an MRI done , that I have multiple herniations going down much of my spine. The specialist I went to suggested that I get a spinal injection. So, last Thursday (one week ago to the day of this post) I had a spinal injection of cortisone, or of some other steroid, placed directly into my spine. The pamphlet I was given told me that the steroid would relieve inflamation and pain, but that the steroid would take 4-7 hours to 1 week to begin working. Well, it's been one week and my back is still very much inflamed. I've been looking at articles online, and I've discovered that for some people the relief from cortisone is immediate, whereas for others it takes weeks. I honestly haven't experienced any noticeable relief, and I'm wondering if the cortisone is working for me.

I go for another shot next Tuesday, but I'm just wondering from people who might have had cortisone shots in their back, how long it took for them to get relief, and whether or not the cortisone shot effectively resulted in some permament relief. Is there anyone for whom cortisone proved completely ineffective? Also, how long does cortisone affect the body?

I really appreciate any advice or personal stories! Thanks!
My mom had this done at a pain clinic and usually takes more then one shot to work. They recommended she got all three. SHe did start feeling somewhat better after the first few days of the first shot but every one is different. I believe you can have uo to three shots every 6 months. She had this done more then a year ago and it's been only maybe the few weeks that her back has been giving her some trouble.
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I have had cortisone shots for hips, knees, & lower back, but the doctor I had, also gave me an injection of something like novocaine/procaine at the same time....This takes effect immediately, & if they put in enough of it, lasts for several days. This way, you have the area partially anesthetized from the start.
If you can get this done in your area (not all doctors do it), I highly recommend it. The technique (myofascial injection) was pioneered by Pres. Kennedy's doctors (esp Dr. Janet Travell), to treat his wartime back injuries. The 'caine type drugs have instant pain relief, they also reduce the need for repeat injections of cortisone.
This is not just the small amount often given to reduce discomfort of cortisone shots; it is a sizeable amount. ( Only about 3-4 such injections of novocaine/procaine can be done in a week's time, but they can be done between cortisone treatments to help improve comfort in the area affected). It really does help a lot...a big improvement over waiting for the cortisone to "kick in".
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Hello everybody. I was reading online that cortisone can cause some bad side effects, like weight gain, mood changes and weakened joints. Has anyone ever had these problems? I go for a second cortisone shot on Tuesday. I really want the pain in my back to go away, but I hope that the cortisone doesn't negatively affect me in other ways. I appreciate your personal experiences on this matter. Thanks!
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Hello everybody. I was reading online that cortisone can cause some bad side effects, like weight gain, mood changes and weakened joints. Has anyone ever had these problems? I go for a second cortisone shot on Tuesday. I really want the pain in my back to go away, but I hope that the cortisone doesn't negatively affect me in other ways. I appreciate your personal experiences on this matter. Thanks!

The cortisone never worked for me. Turns out I have arthritis, so maybe that's why it didn't work. But, I never had any problems with the side effects, either.
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Hey, it's been a few weeks since my shots and they haven't helped. I was wondering: are there any supplements or herbs that people here take which help reduce inflamation in their back? I would appreciate hearing which supplements work well. Thank you!
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[quote= For the past three years or so I've had terrible back problems. I found out about a month ago, and after having an MRI done , that I have multiple herniations going down much of my spine. The specialist I went to suggested that I get a spinal injection. So, last Thursday (one week ago to the day of this post) I had a spinal injection of cortisone, or of some other steroid, placed directly into my spine. The pamphlet I was given told me that the steroid would relieve inflamation and pain, but that the steroid would take 4-7 hours to 1 week to begin working. Well, it's been one week and my back is still very much inflamed. I've been looking at articles online, and I've discovered that for some people the relief from cortisone is immediate, whereas for others it takes weeks. I honestly haven't experienced any noticeable relief, and I'm wondering if the cortisone is working for me.
I go for another shot next Tuesday, but I'm just wondering from people who might have had cortisone shots in their back, how long it took for them to get relief, and whether or not the cortisone shot effectively resulted in some permament relief. Is there anyone for whom cortisone proved completely ineffective? Also, how long does cortisone affect the body? [/QUOTE]

Two years ago my shoulder blade area was really bothering me so my doctor sent me to an orthopedic specialist. He x-rayed my shoulder and back area and found spreading arthritis. I assume it was caused by my days pitching softball in college.
Anyway, he sent me to another doctor where I was given two cortizone injections into the upper spine. It was explained that the goal was to reduce the inflamation in the area and thereby eliminate the pain or at least lesson it. I must admit to it having done just that although when putting on my coat and lifting my shoulder into that awkward position it still bothers me a little.
I was also told that the doctors will not give more than two injections but not sure of the reasons for the limitation.
Personally I found the cortizone shots to be well worth it so no complaints at this end. Perhaps your injections were not in an area where they would have provided the best benefit. That was a possiblity explained to me as well.
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