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Offline Kimberly 77

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Cortizone shot question
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:17:56 PM »
Hi, I had a Cortizone shot in my knee on Monday, so it has been 4 days. I am not feeling any relief as of yet, and am actually in quite a bit more pain then before the shot. I am wondering if this is normal and how long it takes to start working effectively? My knee don't look more swollen but it feels more swollen and my jeans feel much tighter around my knee.  Thanks for any info!
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Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
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Re: Cortizone shot question
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 05:45:22 PM »
I think it's pretty common to have flare-ups after the shot. I always have and I've heard the same from some other people. The standard answer is that increased inflammation lasts 2-3 days, but I don't think 4 or 5 days is at all unusual. Try to keep up with icing in the meantime.

I hope you get some relief soon  :)
12/09 dx- patellar subluxation (not!)
1/10 mri- neg; PT rx failed
4/10 more PT
5/10 dx patellar hypertension
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Offline Kimberly 77

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Re: Cortizone shot question
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 07:48:15 PM »
Thank You! I sure hope you are right because I am pretty miserable right now and regreting getting the shot.
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: Cortizone shot question
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2010, 09:53:45 AM »
I'm no expert but all I can tell you is what happened to me and what I was told, hope it helps.
I had severe mal-tracking and patella tilt and was in chronic pain for nearly a year, from an injury, where I slipped on a wet floor and dislocated my kneecap.

I was due for a TTT early sept but by mid august could hardly walk from the pain. I went to my GP who did a cortizone shot hoping it would tide me over, but no such luck. Like you it was much worse. I couldnt walk!! It didnt look hugely swollen either but it was swollen inside. I went to my PT and he explained that when you get a cortizone injection and you dont get it in quite the right spot, all it does is inject more fluid into an already swollen joint, hence what you are probably experiencing. Or at least that was the case for me.
The PT said it would linger for about 7days before it would feel better and he was spot on.

Anyway, like I said, I am not doctor, just sharing what I've been told and have experienced. Hope that helps.
Kat
12/9 - Substantial Subluxation of L patella due to a fall
12/9 - 2/10 - PT for injury
3/10 - PT rehab (non responsive)
5/10 - Referred to OS
6/10 - Diagnosed Maltracking & patella alta
9/10 - TTT with LR
10/10 - VMO atrophy & muscle imbalance
11/10 - Diagnosed with Femoral Nerve Inflammation

Offline Kimberly 77

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Re: Cortizone shot question
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2010, 02:58:46 PM »
Thanks for sharing. Did you get any relief from the shot once the swelling subsided? Today is 9 days since shot and I do feel better than I did right after the shot but I am feeling the same pain I had before the shot, no relief yet. Lots of popping and bones feeling like they are rubbing together.
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Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: Cortizone shot question
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2010, 10:19:56 AM »
Sorry you are still not getting relief. Unfortunately, steroid injections don't work for everyone or in every situation. I haven't had luck with my previous 2 injections, but I am having one on Tuesday again... sometimes it's just a "step" in the treatment line that is more to appease the OS than anything. So I will possibly be in your same boat next week  :(
12/09 dx- patellar subluxation (not!)
1/10 mri- neg; PT rx failed
4/10 more PT
5/10 dx patellar hypertension
6/7/10 chrondroplasty, patellar decompression, synovectomy and plica excision
5/6/11 dx RA, sjogren's

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Re: Cortizone shot question
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2010, 03:18:18 PM »
Hopefully your going to be getting relief soon.  Those shots are really a gamble - as my surgeon puts it.  Sometimes they work, sometimes not.  I've had numerous ones - what I've found the first week or two I'm miserable then a little relief.  Now don't expect to be pain free - just relief. Hopefully your getting relief.  I find ice is my new best friend - it never hurts.  Good luck. eagle

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Re: Cortizone shot question
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2010, 05:24:52 PM »
Eaglemom and Kris, Thank You. I am hoping for relief soon, no such luck yet though. I do ice my knee in the evenings before bed seems to help me get to sleep.
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12