Originally Posted by Snake_Lady
Cortisone scares me. But its something I've been thinking about more and more for my elbows because the surgeries to fix them would be quite extensive, and not as near of a success rate as my hands.
Does it hurt? Thats what scares me....I've heard people say it hurts like heck.
But now that I think about it, one instance of hurt vs my daily hurt....might just be worth sucking it up.
To be honest I wouldn't have half the mobility I have if it weren't for cortisone. I swear by it.
As for whether it hurts, it does but nothing to extreme, they freeze it first which stings a bit, you will feel the needle go in and there is a pressure when they inject the cortisone.
However that said, if it works the benefits are almost immediate and will last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on how often you have them done.
I have my done more often because I have been using it as a treatment for almost 10 years.
Position does play a roll in how painful the needle is as well as how bad the joint is. Shoulders aren't to bad, elbows hurt a little more(but not extreme as I said) The worse one I ever had was in my thumb, small joints hurt the most.
As for knees, they aren't that painful to have done under normal circumstances. My right knee hurts more to have done because the doctor has to move my knee cap to get under it.
My advice, go for it the long-term benefits far outweigh the momentary discomfort.