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I need to have a cortisone injection for a frozen shoulder. (Acupuncture has had no benefit sadly.)
Can you tell me please why information on this injection mentions that it is 'very painful'?
Does the injection go into the muscle or the shoulder bone?
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replied August 20th, 2008
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I had a cortizone shot injection in my knee a few years back, but it was a very small needle and I don't remember pain in particular. Often, cortisone injections are performed with a very small needle that causes little discomfort. Most likely, the shot will be administered to the joint, by-passing muscle and bone. But the pain will depend upon the presence of scar tissue, as well. The Mayo Clinic has done a nice summary of the procedure and potential problems here. Good luck!
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replied October 2nd, 2008
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I had a cortizone shot in my shoulder it stung for a mintue then it was over
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replied March 6th, 2009
Cortisone Shots
Yesterday, I had 4 shots, 2 in shoulder Bursa, and 2 in hip Bursa. I won't sugar coat it. It hurt so bad I was bawling, but the relief came instantly after it was done. If I needed more shots, I would do it again, this compares nothing to the pain that I have gone through for the last 4 months. My wood packing days are over. Now comes Physical Therapy.
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replied June 3rd, 2009
I had a cortisone injection in both shoulders two days ago. The injections were done by a sports doctor. The injections were not painful at all. I wonder if the people that are reporting that the proceedure is painful are being treated by doctors that do not have the requisite experience. I cannot tell yet if the injections are working. I think there is some improvement. I am encouraged that the posted replies indicate that it does work.
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replied June 4th, 2009
I've never had to have a cortisone shot but I've been able to keep my shoulder from stiffen up so that it doesn't freeze through exercise and strengthening of the shoulder muscles. I started doing a lot of research of cortisone shot. It can be great for some but ineffective for others and over time it does weaken your tendon and ligaments in the joint.
I personally hate needles and would always search for another method before going that route.
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replied June 7th, 2009
I posted last on June 3,2009. It is now six days since I had cortisone shots in both shoulders. I should note that the sports doctor I saw was reluctant inject both shoulders on the same day. He was only prepared to do it in consideration of the distance I had to travel to see him. I did not notice any difference in my shoulder pain until four days after the shots. Since then the problem has slowly improved to the point that at present I have very little pain. The problem with my shoulders first arose two years ago. At that time I went to physio and the problem was slowly worked out over about three months. I blame my recent problem with not keeping up regular stretching exercises.
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replied June 7th, 2009
It appears my post was not allowed by the moderator because I offer another alternative solution besides cortisone injections. How can you claim that this is a health forum if you do not allow other options to health?
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replied June 10th, 2009
Shoulder pain
I had a cortisone injection into my right shoulder which hurt a bit at the time and was then ok. The day after I had a dull ache in the whole of my shoulder, is this a common thing to happen after an injection?
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replied September 2nd, 2009
Cortisone Injection to Shoulder - Wearing out?
I had a cortisone shot to my left shoulder 5 days ago. At first there was a dull ache but then my shoulder felt 80% of capacity (which was great). I woke up this morning (5 days post-shot) and now my shoulder is in MAJOR pain again. Not sure if the shot "wore" out but I'm extremely depressed that I now feel worse than before. Anyone else experiencing this?
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replied September 12th, 2009
Cortisone flare?
I had a cortisone injection in C-spine five days ago. The first day I felt better, although I had a bit of a pain, but it was different than my ordinary pain, and I guessed that it was post-procedure (injection) pain and that it would go away. The second day I had more pain and that felt like my traditional pain which I blamed on taking a nap on the couch which can cause flaring of the neck/shoulder pain. Now it's been five days since the shot, and flare-up from the nap is gone, but I still have that aching pain. Maybe it's cortisone flare. This is listed as a side-effect of a cortisone injection, but it usually only lasts a couple of days. I guess I will just ice it and take Tylenol or Advil. Another side effect I have had is insomnia. I've only been getting about five hours of sleep. I do take Adderall, though, and I am ADD without hyperactivity. I didn't take it today, and think I will probably sleep better tonight. Anyone else out there having what they think might be cortisone flare hanging around for more than a couple of days?
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replied September 28th, 2009
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I had a cortisone injection 2 years ago for a frozen shoulder it worked hense not had another since. I had cortisone injection today and my shoulder is aching with a dull ache hoping its going be alot better than the pain before but found out that my other shoulder is the same and im going have to have one in that soon but much better than the pain im having.
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replied October 21st, 2009
Cortisone Injection in shoulder
I postponed having a cortisone injection in my shoulder due to fear! I had heard terrible pain stories about the shots. I told my doc that I was scared, so he sprayed Freeze on my shoulder, then shot of novacaine in it, and then the cortisone, using a very thin needle. I NEVER FELT A THING! Speak up and Ask your doctor to do that before an injection and it will not hurt at all. I hope it helps take away the pain I've been having and gives me better range of motion.
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replied October 30th, 2011
Try alternatives; cortisone shot excruciating.
I had a cortisone shot in my foot with freezing spray and pain killer but believe me, I screamed it hurt so badly! I have had 4 children naturally, and THIS made me yell and cry! The shot helped but I found a sports injury specialist who was able to work on my foot twice, only twice, and I have had no other problems with my foot or knee. The year before that I had 2 or 3 physical therapy appts a week and had to buy expensive shoe inserts for marginal help. Before that I had had surgery for the same problem. I say, go with all other therapies by sports injury specialists, accupuncture, massage, etc. and go with cortisone and expensive home physical therapy equipment as very last resorts.
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replied January 28th, 2014
My injection was deep in the shoulder capsule 3 inch needle 6inch long very wide syringe.. I have had to uneducated births, one induced that I believed to be another dimension of pain. I breathed along with my husband but literally was screaming by the end of the 40 second injection. All I can say is that I hope this helps.
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replied October 30th, 2011
Try alternatives; cortisone shot excruciating.
I had a cortisone shot in my foot with freezing spray and pain killer but believe me, I screamed it hurt so badly! I have had 4 children naturally, and THIS made me yell and cry! The shot helped but I found a sports injury specialist who was able to work on my foot twice, only twice, and I have had no other problems with my foot or knee. The year before that I had 2 or 3 physical therapy appts a week and had to buy expensive shoe inserts for marginal help. Before that I had had surgery for the same problem. I say, go with all other therapies by sports injury specialists, acupuncture, massage, etc. and go with cortisone and expensive home physical therapy equipment as very last resorts.
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replied March 15th, 2010
Cortisone Shots on shoulder
just had a cortisone shot today on what is supposed to be a frozen shoulder. It hurt so much I cried. Pain subsided to about 40 percent from 140 percent but certain movements I still hit the roof. Not sure why doctors are looking for a quick fix to fix the pain instead of trying to find out why. He told me it would take too long to book a die injected MRI, hello should have been done ages ago..... Tired of our health care system. Still not a happy camper. In pain feeling no further ahead.
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replied January 28th, 2014
My first shot was given by a gp and had no affect on my hideously painful shoulder. Ended up with MRI . Second shot at least 8 times the size on from of shoulder 3 inch long needle. I've had 2 nine pound babies with no meds....one because I was caught in an isolated region. I thought I knew pain. I breathed through the first 40 seconds or so, but the pain caused me to scream..I am a very zen woman, so screaming isn't my thing. One day out and I don't know how I feel. I'm now reading I should have been stretching the dr stretched a couple of times and it was excruciating. I wish I had stretched more last night to get the mess spread around.
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replied March 15th, 2010
fe: Cortisone shots in shoulders
scottishlegs, One reason they want to give the injection before anything else it that if there is a lot of inflamation, xrays and MRI's can't pick up anything. Plus, if you are going to exercise the shoulder or go to PT, the inflamation needs to be out in order to really work the shoulder. Otherwise you will be bawling again from the pain.

My injection took about 2 weeks to really work, then it worked!!! That terrible burning pain down my arm went away. It stayed that way until recently, and I'm having pain, but a different kind this time. My arm is very weak and it feels like the tendons around the shoulder that hurt when I lift my arm, not inside in the bursa. Hope I don't have a rotator cuff tear. I'm trying everything I can to stay away from surgery again!
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replied April 24th, 2010
As someone who has depended on Cortisone for my many orthopedic issues, may I make this suggestion. Ask your doctor if he will prescribe a Medrol Dosepack. These are pills that you take over a period of about a week, starting with a higher dose and gradually a lower dose. I have always seen an improvement by the second day and feel little to no pain by the time I finished the dosepack. Hope this helps those who are needle-shy.
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replied July 6th, 2010
Just an FYI to those in pain: my physical therapist has been treating me with a laser device for my sciatica and I have had great results. I am on treatment number 2 and my range of motion has dramatically increased and the pain is down to a 2...it was a 7 when we started and I was on heavy meds.

Anyway, it is a cold laser and does not hurt at all. Even better is that my insurance covers the treatments, up to 15 I believe. If your chiro or therapist does not offer this treatment, find one that does because it has made a HUGE difference!

Just sharing my success and wishing you guys the same luck!
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replied February 19th, 2011
I had dislocated my shoulder Thanksgiving 2010, and it was reseated about 4 hours later. I had a cortisone shot into my shoulder socket this week (3 months later); started with a freeze spray, and I felt the shot, but it was no better or worse than a flu shot. At this time, I don't feel any less pain, but expect the shot to work with time. My dad has these shots in his knees, and they help him for months afterword. This shot was prep for physical therapy that I will be starting soon. I have fractures and bone chips, but am confident that I will regain most of the use as therapy progresses.
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replied June 24th, 2011
Cortisone - frozen shoulder
I am in EXTREME pain from having the injection. I just had 6 hours ago and it is bad. I WOULD NOT DO THIS AGAIN...even if it takes away the pain I was having with the frozen shoulder. My frozen shoulder would only hurt with certain movements...now it is hurting ALL the time. I just hope the DR injected it into the right spot! After reading about flares being a side-effect it kind of calmed my nerves, but if I have to deal with this pain more than 3 days...they will have to do something. This is unbearable and I have given birth naturally to 2 full term babies. That was nothing compared to this...I will not do it again. They can have their shots!
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replied June 5th, 2012
frozen shoulder cortisone injection loosen capsule
I had an injection today for frozen shoulder that came due to a fractured humerus. My doctor was quite clear that sometimes there can be bad pain within 24 hours that might last 2-3 days. He wrote me a Rx for a pain med. He told me to wait 72 hours before returning to my exercises. Fractures are immobilized while they heal and we hope that is the source. Will update in 6 weeks. My PT suggested this as well to loosen the capsule.
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