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Saturday, February 27, 2010 D Bouillion, Community Member, asks

Q: Swelling in leg following cortisone injection

I received a cortisone injection which also contained steroids. Injection given in knee joint resulted in severe swelling in upper and lower leg, with radial pain. Could this be allergic reaction to injection.

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D Renee, Community Member
7/13/11 4:47pm

This happens to me every time I get a cortisone shot. I believe the cortisone is crystalizing, which causes more inflation and pain (for me, lots of new pain) for a number of hours after the shot. Sometimes it's just generally painful and a few Advil will help with the pain. Other times the joint and surrounding tissue has become so painful I cannot put any weight for up to 10-12 hours! (I use an old hiking stick to help me get around.) However, by the next morning the pain is usually gone completely and I can practically dance around!

 

I did receive a cortisone shot yesterday, in fact, and laid in bed for a number of hours after coming home from the doctor's office (hadn't tried this before). This seemed to reduce the level of additional swelling and pain as the drug did its job. My sleep was restless and I was surprised that I was not dancing this morning; I thought the injection hadn't worked at all. However, it's been about 26 hours since the injection and the pain and swelling (from the arthritis aas well as the injection) is finally receding. Hopefully, I'll be 100% again by tomorrow. My pain free period usually lasts about 6 months. 

 

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By D Bouillion, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/13/11, First Published: 02/27/10