to be overly worried about cortisone jab?

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user1472157564 Thu 25-Aug-16 23:41:16

I have been in agony for months with what has recently been diagnosed as bursitis of the hip. Eventually got an appointment with the physio dept at my local hospital and have been booked in for a cortisone injection. Six weeks ago, it seemed do-able. Tail-end of the holidays, off work, easy-ish to rest for a few days afterwards. But the appointment is now looming, and I've heard some horror stories about the jab, in RL and (stupidly) through Googling. I'm a single parent with no back-up (as in, I can't ship DD off to her dad or GPs for a few days while I recuperate) so now I'm seriously considering cancelling the appointment because I really can't be out of action for any length of time. Everything I read/hear about the jab contradicts what the physio told me. So I'm really looking for experiences on here because I feel that people who post on medical sites are probably drawn to do so by bad experiences. I have a high pain threshold and can manage it fairly well with strong pain-killers, but AIBU to choose this as a long-term solution because I'm too scared of being incapacitated in the short term?

MiscellaneousAssortment Fri 26-Aug-16 00:11:13

I've had 3 lots of this kind of injection. All spinal/ around back and neck areas. They are scary, but if they work it's really great.

Here's my honest but overall positive experiences. Basically, it depends on the expertise and competence of the anaesthetist, radiologist and nurses. I had 2 out of 3 good experiences. 1 bad but that was the first time and even considering the terrible doc, I still got enough benefit with the few injections I managed, and went back for more. So even bad was useful!

I had the first lot done by a terrible anaesthetist who treated patients like shit, told me incorrect and completely illogical nonsense and was awful. In his clinic, you could hear the screams echoing down the corridor from him doing the injections. The nursing staff were muted and pretty much silent anywhere near him. A lot of exchanging glances. They begged me to get up and walk as the wanker demanded every patient did this to prove he had 'cured' them. Apparently the nurses got blamed and shouted at if patients didn't do this 'yay Jesus cured me' walk. Ugh. I can't walk more than a few meters on a good day, let alone after travelling to hospital, waiting, going through the injections etc. but he still made me walk! Wanker.

I did 4 injections and had to stop. I have a high pain tolerance, and am generally a very easy patient. He was insulting and said I'd wasted his time and I obviously wasn't ill enough as if I was I'd do anything to alleviate the pain. Arse.

Luckily he vanished (oh boy, I hope he was fired), and with his departure, the desperately unhappy patients screaming in agony have also completely disappeared!

The last 2 lots I've had have been brilliant. Done very well by experts who are very good at their jobs. No screams. At all.

I had 30 injections in April. And not sure how many 18 months before. Both were great.

Even with the initial bad experience, I'm still glad I went through all 3 procedures.

They numb the injection site with local anaesthetic injected before the cortisone injection. But they can't numb the joint and directly around it so that's where the pain comes from. As you're only having one joint done (? Is that right? One hip?), it's bearable as the pain is sudden, sharp and yup, bloody hurts but is over so quickly that it's almost done before you can react.

If you're having a whole lots of injections done, and you're really worried, they can do it with sedation. I had sedation and it was great. No pain, just sensation. And super reassuring staff.

Recovery time was that day, maybe the next. I'm ill with other stuff so I had a slower recovery time, but even so I could move around, cuddle with my DS etc. Some bruising, but nothing completely debilitating. The benefits kicked in about a week after, and lasted months.

I think you'll be fine. flowers

QueenEnid Fri 26-Aug-16 00:11:30

Hi OP
I had the cortisone jab in my spine following a herniated disc and prior to surgery to have said disc removed.

From my perspective I also have a high pain threshold and found the worst but if it all being the waiting around to go into theatre as I was bloody starving!!

The procedure was pretty quick and didn't hurt. The dye going in feels a bit strange but isn't painful. I didn't even feel the injection!!

You'll be fine. Don't worry x

Obsidian77 Fri 26-Aug-16 00:21:21

Have had multiple cortisone injections for neuropathic pain. I also have a high pain threshold. I've found them to be varying in levels of effectiveness but generally beneficial. I can understand why you'd worry, but I'd trust a medical professional over Dr Google (most of the time).
You've been in agony for months, go for it. Hoping for the best for you. flowers

MiscellaneousAssortment Fri 26-Aug-16 00:21:56

Ooh I forgot to say, I'm a single parent with no back up as well. If you can prep with microwave/ reheated dinner for that day, and a play date after / play scheme / babysitter, so you can snuggle up and watch crap TV for the afternoon, that should be fine.

One thing that did flummox me was that you need someone to collect you from the hospital afterwards or they won't let you go! Unnecessary in my opinion, unless you have sedation (I was a bit high after!) but it's just their procedure, so you need to find someone who can meet you and accompany you home. I went to waitrose and bought the team chocolates and a card, then went back to give them to the nurses before going home... I was very ready for a duvet and cup of tea after that so I'd recommend skipping the supermarket visit if you can!

(I had been really nervous and the whole team had been so great that I really wanted to thank them. I know real life would get in the way if I didn't thank them immediately, so eagerness to thank them plus feeling high still combined into me deciding the supermarket was a great idea!)

salsamad Fri 26-Aug-16 00:42:31

Hi OP.
I have suffered from hip bursitis for several years and have had physio and 2 cortisone injections (18 mths apart).
The physio didn't really help me at all to be honest and I worked hard on all the exercises. However the injections have been fantastic.
I had them done at my Drs surgery by my GP - he does small surgeries etc and was experienced at giving these types of injections.
I wasn't given any pain relief etc - just cream/gel to numb the area on my outer thigh/hip first. The pressing of the inflamed area was painful. The Injection itself was rather painful when the fluid was going into me but this was intense pain which was short lived. I only had one injection each time I went. The relief is pretty much instant and long lasting - first injection lasted 9 mths and second 18 mths - pain is returning now but not as bad as it was initially.
I had to rest/take it easy for 24 hrs sitting watching TV etc. My hip/ thigh felt tender for a couple of days but the bursitis pain had gone. I was told to avoid exercise for a week ( I run and do yoga).
If my GP allowed it I would have another if the pain increases.

QueenLizIII Fri 26-Aug-16 00:48:38

Ah I have exactly the same thing. Bursitis in both hips.

Bloody guy who administered both of them said this will either only last 3 weeks or it wont work at all. And he was right.

I also had a bad reaction to the injection which was unlucky they said in which it left one of my hips so painful, I could not walk for a few days.

They were also very deep and very painful injections to have done.

Worth a try though. You may react totally differently.

Trufflethewuffle Fri 26-Aug-16 07:05:23

Had them in my ankle earlier this year. Pretty painful procedure despite the numbing injections first.
However, they have lasted 6 months which have been brilliant. I think the effect may be starting to wear off now but I would definitely have it done again.

user1472157564 Fri 26-Aug-16 10:31:19

Thank you so much for your replies. I will go for the appointment, and hope I don't get a bad reaction. MiscellaneousAssortment, I was wondering about being able to drive home, think I'll call the hospital as I was intending to do so. Thanks again for your replies, you've totally helped me make up my mind.

PuppyMonkey Fri 26-Aug-16 10:43:21

I had three injections for a frozen shoulder last year. None of the injections were too bad but none of them made the slightest bit of difference to my pain either.

FluffyPersian Fri 26-Aug-16 10:52:00

Just wanted to say I hope it goes really well for you - Reading this thread has really helped as I've got 3 slipped discs and the lowest one is pressing on my nerve and has been giving me the worst ever sciatica in my right leg for the last 8 weeks.

Despite strong drugs, it's still really painful so I've got my 'caudal epidural' booked for 12th September under sedation (as I'm very phobic of needles and get hysterical around them)...

I'm utterly terrified, however feel that the pain I'm in at the moment and the fact I can't walk more than 100 metres without crying due to the pain is worse than my phobia of injections!

The next 3 weeks will be spent with Zapain, tramadol, amnitriptyline and various other 'fun' things... and I'm counting down the hours until the 12th smile.

I hope yours goes well and the pain goes soon - I've only heard good things about them, including my own GP who said that she had the injection in her back and it really helped.

user1472157564 Fri 26-Aug-16 11:16:16

Thanks Fluffy, I hope your treatment works too. I have tramadol, but it doesn't seem to work for me, I must be extremely hard core wink

Coffee3 Fri 26-Aug-16 12:38:27

I had the cortisone injection in my hip for bursitis a couple of years ago; I have a really low threshold for pain and whilst it wasn't a great experience it was worth it.
The medical staff were lovely and numbed the area first and reassured me throughout.
I asked how long it would take and then counted down in my head so I knew it wouldn't be much longer, that really helped me to keep calm.
I was advised not to drive home after (I got a taxi) and to rest for 24hrs. I was fine after that and whilst the pain didn't go it did reduce significantly over the next couple of weeks. Hope that helps!

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