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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 dileigh, Community Member, asks

Q: do cortisone injections trigger headaches?

I have had 2 different cortisone injections in my shoulder in the past few months and several hours later I developed a headache - is this common?  I have had to resort to the injections to combat a combination of bone spur, arthritis and bursitis because I am subject to mediction overuse headaches and can't take anti-inflammatories every day.

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
1/21/10 9:48pm

Hi dileigh,

 

Cortisone is a steriod, and some of the potential side effects can be headaches, slow wound healing, nausea, and mood changes to name just a few. Did you have Migraines before you started your injections, or are these headache related to the cortisone?

 

Did that help at all?

Nancy

 

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dileigh, Community Member
1/22/10 6:23pm

I've only been diagnosed with Migraines in the past year, but I've had cortisone shots off and on for the last 5 or 6 years, usually only a few a year, and never had problems with headaches after the injections before being diagnosed with migraines.

 

So I've had 2 injections in the past 2 months and both times I developed a headache the day of the injection, so I think that this headache is related to the cortisone and the only thing that gets rid of it is my abortive med.

 

 

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
1/23/10 3:07pm

Hi again,

 

If your abortive medication takes care of your Migraine, then it probably was a Migraine not a headache - there's a difference. Have you run this by your doctor? You may want to do that, and see what he says.

 

Let me know, ok?

Nancy  

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