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Cortisone shots are a type of corticosteroid (or simply steroid) therapy used to treat RA pain. Because of potential complications such as the weakening of bone and tendons, they are generally only given a few times per year.
Some members of myRAteam find cortisone shots to be extremely effective: “I had a cortisone shot in my left hip and hands. I feel like my old self today. No pain for the first time in years.”
“I've gotten them in my knees twice. It took four days to kick in but after that I didn't feel pain for another six months,” another member wrote.
But like every treatment, cortisone shots don’t work for everyone, or in every situation. The two primary complaints raised by myRAteam members are the pain of injection and limited duration of relief. “It didn’t help me much at all and it HURT,” a member wrote. “I wouldn’t do it ever again.”
Another member shared, “I recently got a cortisone shot for the pain in my knees. It did help but I am currently back to the same situation. The shots are lasting less and less.”
If you’ve had a disappointing experience with cortisone shots, you’re in good company. “I found it comforting to know it wasn't only me, even though it was super disappointing not to get the relief,” one member commented. Be sure to discuss what happened with your doctor so you can work together to find alternative treatment options.
On myRAteam, the social network and online support group for those living with rheumatoid arthritis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Cortisone shots are one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some question-and-answer threads about cortisone shots:
Here are some conversations about cortisone shots:
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