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Hip Injection? Cortisone Injection? (Page 3)


May 8th, 2010
what can happen when you inject cortisone in a good knee
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replied May 18th, 2010
hip labaral tear, cortisone injection, arthroscopy
I have a labaral tear and the cortisone injection has been miraculous as far as pain relief. The injection itself was not comfortable but no big deal. I also had a hip arthroscopy. Once again, it was not comfortable but no big deal. I was in considerable pain for a prolonged period of time (4 years) pror to my diagnosis, so a little discomfort was a small price to pay for regaining my mobility.
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replied May 26th, 2010
cortisone hip injeciton
Thanks to everyone for your previous posts... I am having cortisone injected in my hip later this afternoon. I'll get back to you and let you know how my procedure goes. I know I have arthritis in both knees and hips and my right ankle was severely damaged in a skiing accident years ago so that is painful too. I crossed a line with my right hip though... getting very stiff and sore and losing sleep at night due to the pain. My orthopedic surgeon said this injection will buy me some time before hip replacement surgery in the fall. Wish me luck...

Kathy
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replied June 10th, 2010
Dysplasic hips, cortisone injections and being a mother....
Hi SurreySue,
I am a 32 year old who also has congenital hip displaysia, although I only discovered it after experienceing what was initially groin pain about 3 months after the birth of my first child. He is now 2 and a half. Like you, I thought the pain was just muscle strain from starting back at exercise after the birth and getting up out of the feeding chair, but Xrays and MRIs have sadly proven me wrong. Since then the pain has worsened. I have been to a sports therapist, 3 physios, a chiro and an osteotherapist. (The surgeon is next).I also started going to the gym (which I had never done before)3 times a week where I spend 30mins on the bike and 30mins doing leg weights and stretches on the affected area. So far, the osteo and gym have provided me with the greatest relief. I too am trying to buy time before having a THR. My osteo and rhumatologist have both told me there will eventually be no other option but I would like to complete my family before messing with the area.
I just had my second child 3 months ago and kept strong at the gym (and my weight down) right up until the day she was due which helped greatly with the pain (and dealing with labour and recovery from that).
Running around after a toddler and dealing with a newborn whilst enduring this pain is hard work so I have finally decided to give the steroids a go. I have just had my first cortisone injection into my right hip today and so far, so good! It wsn't painful for any longer than a minute. I even went to the gym tonight and for the first time in over 2 years had no pain although I realise that may still be the anaesthetic that came with the injection having an effect.I have my left hip injected tomorrow.
My plan is to try to stay as physically strong as possible. I am also going to start pilates. I will keep having cortisone injections for as long as they are safe and working and then get the THRs done. Hopefully by then our family will be complete and I will be able to get on with chasing my kids around and having fun with them!
I was very active before this pain started. I played a lot of netball in my teenage years and have done loads of hiking throughout Australia and New Zealand and I really would love to at least be able to do some basic hiking with my friends and family throughout the rest of my life.
It is a totally horrible pain to deal with and, as was mentioned in another reply, can really impact on you mentally and emotionally but I just try to stay positive and think how lucky I am that this problem is one that can hopefully be solved eventually with a THR. There are so many people out there sufferring with illnesses that are not so easily treated.
Thanks to all the advice and tales posted by others on this site. They have provided great insight. Good luck to all of you with all your hips and knees - be they prosthetic or not!
Cheers
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replied May 12th, 2011
I read your post and it sounds so much like what I am going thru. I would like to know how it went after all your injections were done. I had my injection, the 7th one to be precise and this time I have so much pain it is drilling threw my stomack, to say I it is bad.the day afer I felt a grinding and clicking feeling on the hip and slowly the pain has been increaseing and since yesterday I am in a great deal of p[ain to the point I almost fell to the floor because I coulde not bare the weight on the hip, my pain medication is not working and my next appointment is in two weeks with the Dr. I just hope I can hild it till then but I am asking why, why is the pain so bad, what is going on in my hip now after the jection, oh by the way I have suffered this hio problem since 2005. thanks for listening and taking the time to read this.
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replied June 23rd, 2010
Hip pain
Thanks to everyone for all the great info on hip pain/problems.. Although mine is different and a bit of a mystery to me. I have been diagnosed with degenerative lower disc problems and have suffered for some time with this pain. Now, or should I say over the past couple of years I have had cronic pain in my hip socket that radiates down to my knee. It seems constant and I do not get relief, even at night in bed. If I lay on the opposite side, the pain starts slowly and increases, starting at the hip socket and continuing down to my knee and sometimes ankle until I cannot stand it. Changing sides doesn't relieve it. Relief only comes when I lie flat on my back. Then in the AM I can hardly walk from the pain in the discs.

I went to a ortho doc one yr. ago. Got his PA and was told after an exray that it is probably tendenitise and to take advil. Though reluctant, I followed this course with NO relief.

I have had a cortisone shot for another problem and had instant relief. Now I feel this might be a solution for my hip but the doc I received treatment with the cortisone in the past, I am told, does not treat hips.

My other issue is........our insurance is horrible with huge deductibles for anything diagnostic. So, whatever I choose for treatment needs to be fairly "right-on". I am very tired of the guessing game with these guys, Does anyone have any suggestions?
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replied June 23rd, 2010
Hip Joint Injection
I had a hip injection, i was also on diloudid, the shot hert so fu&%$ng bad. I had a epidural 2 times in my back, that was a walk in the park compared to the hip. Most doctors do not do any meds, because it is"is only a shot". they deaden the area where it is going in, but only the skin. Then thy go into the hip joint and inject, that is when the pain comes. It is the liquid seperating the joint that hurts. The pain lasts a few minutes, then it goes down about 4 notches and lasts about a week, less every day. My hip problem is still severe a year later. Thay did sugury and did not change it. Now they want me to do it again. Good luck on yours, hope it goes better. Better to be blunt than suggar coat it.
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replied June 23rd, 2010
I have FAI femoral acetabular impingment. I had a labrial tair and arthritis to go with it. I had the injections and a hip scope. The doc can not explian the pain i am in. I went from no pain to alot, the meds dont do much, now we are going to do the injection again and then a hip replacment if it does not work. I am a 32 year old father. The pain is horrable, all i want is my lifb back. With all that has been dont i have been going to physical theropy fo a year and now only riding the bike. That is all i can do bearley being able to stand and walk fo 20 min at a time. I know what the pain is like.
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replied July 4th, 2010
My doctor has reccomended getting a cortizone shot into my hip joint to relieve some of the pain that I have been having for the past two years. He originally thought it was a torn labrum, but it looks like it is possibly osteoarthritis. Is the cortizone injenction anything like the Hip arthogram? (MRI)
I had the worst experience with the MRI when they did it to diagnose my problem. I got it on monday and I am still in a lot of discomfort. I think he may have hit a nerve or something because I have the most bizarre feeling in my hip and whole left leg. Its almost like the feeling you get when you hit your funny bone... except it doesn't stop. I also got some really intense vertigo and almost passed out after they injected the dye into my hip.
IS the cortizone injection even worth it?
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replied July 6th, 2010
hip injection
it depends, the first one did not work on me it really made it worse. the feelings you have are normal, they now want me to do it again, most doctors dont tell you that it is only diognostic and wont fix the problem for ever. its main purpose is to see that area that hurts is really the area where the pain is coming from. if the shot works than that is good, but if not then they will have to keep searching.some people have said they had one and are good for a few years before the next one. i had a torn labrem, bad hip, and the arthritis turned my tendon into bone. i had sugury to fix it and some pain is gone. but now is worse than before, i have been off work for 19mos on workers conp.
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replied July 10th, 2010
I am 38 and have Femoral acetabular impingement and arthritis in my hips. My right hip is the only one that really hurts and has prevented me from running for three years now. Only recently have I been diagnosed. My right hip hurts now even just walking on the treadmill. I went in for a Cortozone injection in my hip three days ago and I am feeling just so strange. My muscles are all really tense and I feel like I'm panting. My hip is constantly throbbing and I feel just awful. Every noise and touch makes me jump and I have the chills all over. I hope it gets better. The shot itself wasn't that bad.
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replied August 13th, 2010
Hip injection
So I have just had my first successful hip injection yesterday there was an attempt about a year ago but the needle kept bending so there for unsuccesful. The injection yesterday I have to say was probably the worst experience of my life. The injection itself was extremely painful as the needle with the numbing medication went in it felt like lightning shooting down my leg and across my pelvis not pleasant in any way. I was able to sustain this and then the process of getting me to recovery made it that much worse. My entire leg was numb so therefore I couldnt walk at all and the nurse for some reason didnt realize this and got me up to walk my leg gave out and to the floor I went. No post injection I am in worse pain than what my hip has ever given me which let me tell you is a lot. I have an acute fracture of the acetablum that never healed degeneration of the hip joint and arthritis. I can say without a doubt that I will never be getting another injection again
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replied August 14th, 2010
My 8 yr old Hip Displasia
Hi everyone,
these threads are really helpful to me as I am a mother to an 8 year old girl born with hip displasia and although she had a frog plaster as a baby her hips have never been right! Having her regualar yearly check ups things seemed great but the last 2-3 years she has suffered agonising hip pain. And quite often its so bad she's had me in tears as I couldnt do anything to help her. Anyway, I took her back to orthopedics last week as an emergency appointment and been told she needs to have a dye injection on the 24 august and an operation on the 26th august! I cant believe all this is happening! Its only her right hip that needs it but the doctor wont or cant tell me what sort of op it will be until she has the dye done! Has anyone had the same thing or know what sort of op the doc intends to do and can anyone tell me if she is going to be in a lot of pain with the dye? Thanks so much, Elize xxx
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replied August 18th, 2010
Hi everyone thankyou for your storys, i looked on here because im due to go in next week for a hip injection. When i was younger i had a slipped ephyisis that was operated on with a screw, over the years i have been having many problems coming from that hip and my GP reccommended i had the screw removed, they can not remove the screw because of risk of damaging my bone and after looking at my xrays they have said there is bad arthritis so the only option is to have the injections as im only 24 Sad
Could some one please tell me what the procedure involves as ive had my date to go in and the letter states im going in for day surgery but i can eat and drink as normal?? Thank you!! vicki x
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replied September 8th, 2010
This is fascinating (and horrible) to read everyone's take on their Cortison injections. I just had my first one this afternoon and i was so bothered by the after effects, I wanted to see how other people felt. I had it done at the Southern California Orthopedic Inst.by a radiologist using the dye,Lidocaine and an x-ray. Lying on a hard bed with my foot pointed inward was difficult and very painful on my hip. They said the Lidocaine would have a burning sensation - mine didn't. However, once he injected the dye, it felt like the tip of the needle hit a nerve. I screamed and then it hit the nerve two more times. It was so incredibly painful but just for a second. Afterward, I got right up and felt like a new person. No pain at all! But within an hour, I was a mess. Like a truck ran over me. Pain in the hip, down the front of my leg to my foot. Took Advil and that really helped. But it's the evening now and I'm still hurting. It's nice to hear some people say the Cortisone kicks in in a few days.
And btw, a great relief from night pain is a very large pillow under you knees so you sleep with your knees bent. It totally takes the pressure off your lower back/hip.
Good luck to everyone and I'll keep you updated as to when the shot starts to kick in.
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replied September 8th, 2010
Hip injection
Just had a hip injection yesterday in an attempt to prolong hip replacement for dysplasia. I'll get a hip replacement before I ever go through that procedure again! Done by a radiologist under flouroscopy but he could not locate the joint space - 50 minutes later after 30+ x-rays, several shots of lidicane and 3 attempts with 3 different long needles (in the groin) I told him I didn't want to be radiated anymore. He said the x-ray image wasn't helping anyway so he turned it off and fished around with the needle manually until he found the spot. Now, maybe my joint space is so narrow it presents a challenge, but I felt no confidence in his ability to get the job done. I would suggest seeking out a radiologist highly skilled in this procedure and specifically the hip joint if you need the injection.
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replied September 14th, 2010
Interesting forum, but I'm glad I did not read this before I had my hip injection! Had the injection under fluroscopy 18 months ago for extreme pain caused by arthritis and a bone spur in my hip. Found the procedure uncomfortable (hard table and awkward position) and somewhat painful - especially when they injected the medication, but had great results. Was able to go to physical therapy after having the injection and improve my joint flexibility and strength. Now occassionally have some pain, but it certainly does not interfere with my life like it did before.

I was told I could have up to 3 injections a year, but have not needed another one as yet.
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replied September 19th, 2010
As promised - a follow-up to my cortison inject. Less than two weeks later, the pain is back and I'm hobbling. But they'd have to kill me first before I'd ever tackle another injection. Hoping to get through this year and do it during my job hiatus.

Does anyone else feel relief from walking if you walk on your tiptoes?? I literally stumbled upon this weird fact the other day.

And is there any anti-inflamitories anyone can recommend that actually lesson the pain?
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replied September 21st, 2010
I just had my 1st injection into my hip joint, It was so much easier than my worry building up to it. The worst bit was the numbing injection but no worse than any injection I have had.The procedure itself did not hurt at all, just felt like a bit of pressure as the needle went in, I could still laugh and joke and was able to watch the process on the xray tv as he was doing it, was out in 30 minutes. Now to wait and see if it works:)
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replied October 4th, 2010
Hip Injection, Peri-acetabular Osteotomy.
I am 23 years old and only last year was diagnosed with Left Hip Dysplasia which I am told I was born with and someone should have spotted this when I was a baby and it could have been sorted out!
I started noticing an odd clicking sound every time I moved my left leg forwards when I was about 11 and everyone used to comment that I must have something wrong with it, but apart from the odd aching after doing activities I never thought much of it.
Its only been in the last year or so that the pain has become considerably worse to the point that I have had to stop working and now find it hard to even walk to the end of the street. I dont know why after all these years it has decided to hurt so much and give way now.

I have been told that I clearly require a peri-acetabular osteotomy as I have a 'very retroverted left acetabulum and anterior labral pathology'??
I am due to have an injection of the hips on the 19th October.

Has anyone else been due this type of operation asap but has been given the injection instead?
I am quite worried that the hopes are that this injection will intend to 'cure' the problem but will only give me short term pain relief.

It is important to me that I have the ostetomy asap so that I can hopefully get back to work and start leading a normal life again and I'm worried that this injection is being given to try and delay the actual operation.
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replied October 10th, 2010
New to this site and whilst read most of the first page of posts - i've not read all the messages, so apologies if this has been covered already. I have athritis in both my hips, (i'm 39), having exhausted the physio options I am having a cortisone injection this week - put bluntly I'm really scared about it.
Where does the needle go in? The thought of it in the outside of the hip as opposed to the groin seems so much better.
Not good with hospitals for a couple of reasons - I'm off to see my doctor this week to convey my fears - I guess with a view to sedation, calming drugs etc - any advice/thoughts?
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