Cortisone injection

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Ive got osteoarthritis in the basal joint and have been booked in to have a steroid injection in my thumb next week could anyone who has had this done tell me what to expect. Ive had them in my foot but ive been told its worse in the hand. Any feedback welcome

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    Hello Kim,

    I had an injection in the base of my thumb, carred out by my Rheumatologist, unfortunately it didn't work and I am now waiting for an appointment to have another one under XRay so that they can hopefully get it in the right place.  

    I have also had them in my feet and I can confirm that the thumb base is not very pleasant - sorry about that. x

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      Hello sukes. Thankyou for replying. Ive had 4 injections in my foot for plantar fasciitis and it hasn't worked. I was supposed to be reffered to a hand specialist but doctor said they would try cortisone injection so to save time she wants to do it and if it doesn't work then i would be reffered. I didn't want to have injection as it hadn't worked on feet but im in so much pain, even picking a pen up is agony i agreed. Just not looking forward to it

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      It makes a big difference having it done under ultrasound than just having a rheumatologist taking a stab at it. They can see exactly where it's needed. Good luck

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      So am I sukes and 3 GP's told me it would so nothing. One girlfriend put the fear of god in me........she didn't have hers with ultrasound though. 2 friends said it worked for them. I don't know if I was just lucky or a good dr that did it or what but I'd do it again. It was very sore later that night sort of burning pain a panadine forte fixed that. and the next day it was good. Good luck smile

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    Hi Kim.  I had one in my foot for Morton's neuroma - which was killer painful and really only relieved it for a couple of weeks. So when they offered me injections for my thumb joints I was cautious, however doc persuaded me it would be worth it, so I had the right hand done first as it was the worst affected.  It was horrible, much more painful than the foot, I had to go to bed with painkillers afterwards. It hurt like that for three days and then a day or two of less pain then nothing, it hadnt really done anything for the arthritis pain at all.  I guess everyone is different but prepare  yourself, it can be a very painful place to be injected.

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      Hi loxie. The first injection i had was straight under the foot in the heel and i squealed. I had worked myself into a right state before i had it done. Im just going through the motions so i can be reffered so at least ive tried everything else. I know now its going to hurt and will have discomfort for a few days afterwards but at the moment i'll try anything. Thankyou for your reply x

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      Hi Loxie,

      the injections in my feet were for Morton's Neuroma's and like you did nothing at all.  I eventually had surgery to remove them and can honestly say now (not at the time mind you) that I am very pleased I had the ops.  

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      So glad you found something that worked sukes.  I wasn't offered surgery but a friend had it done for same thing and had a lot of problems afterwards, so I didnt push it.  It sort of got much better on its own.  I just try to make sure I dont 'favour' that foot (I have OA in the other ankle due to a major accident) when I'm walking and so far it doesn't bother me too much.  It may well be that because I'm in pain elsewhere from other things - OA in thumbs, neck and ankle, ruptured bicep tendon, etc., that I just dont notice the Neuroma anymore - oh to be young and fit again smile

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