Cortizone injection

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I am currently experiencing OA on my second knee.

This one is more painful than the first one.

I have tried the following to relieve the pain

Ibuprofen gell + co-codamol......stomach upset & very drowsy

changed to

Fledene + paracetamol.....little relief

latest is

Voltarol Emulgel....early days as I've just started it today but.....

I am concidering cortizone injection......any advice would be much appreciated.

Also would like to know how long the coritzone injection will be effective as I know I can only get one per year.

Many thanks

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    I have OA in both knees.. Left initially worse than Right... here briefly is my experience... I had cortisone injection in my Left knee in February this year.. it gave me some relief for a limited time but now my Right is actually worse than Left and so painful!!!!    I do actually find better movement and flexion in the Left..could this possibly be a carry over from cortisone injection???  

    I believe you have to try anything that can hopefully give relief.. they do say a once off of the injection is ok from what I hear and read.  I don’t take nsaid’s only paracetamol for pain and natural supplements. Hope that gives you some idea. Good luck 

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    I feel the cortisone injections are the worst thing in the world for these issues. I have had 7 shots in my time. The last one I let them put one in my foot. It didn't do anything for me. Everyone reacts differently with those shots. They are ONLY temporary. Some can not take at all... some can last a few days and some a few weeks. But the biggest issues with those shots is it wears down the tissues around the area where you got the injection. I have had major issues because of that. Think hard before you get one of those injections. And think really hard if you get another one in the same area. Your only screwing yourself up. Good luck!!

     

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      Hi

      The cortisone idea is because I wanted a quick fix before going to visit my brother in Canada who has AS and may need my help.

      I had cortisone for my back problems years ago and it was like magic and lasted well.

      Hate the idea of going knowing I may not to be able to.

      Se la vie, I'll just have to make the best of it.

      Thanks again

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    Thanks Gail and Kathy very much, appreciate your input.

    I too have had cortisone jags but many years ago and for my back.

    Biggest reason I'm concidering it it's because I'm due to go to Canada in 2 weeks time to visit my brother who has A S. He may need my help so want to be as fit as poss for that BUT not at my health's expense.

    You have given me food for thought. Because there's not enough time to go on the NHS it would have to be private....a costly affair for short relief and possible worsen the condition in the long run.

    All the best x

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    Hello, I have just joined the group, and looking forward to some information that may help me.

    my Arthritis came overnight, November 2017. Doctors couldn't understand why it came on so suddenly, hence I have now been referred to Orthopaedic Surgeon.

    ln spite of taking Tramadol, and Oramorph, I'm in terrible pain.

    Im wondering if anyone else is the same. 

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      If you have osteoarthritis it didn't come on overnight. I had the same issue. Doing just fine-a few pains now & then but managble. Contributed it to getting older. I hit 50 & it seems everything went to hell. Moderate to severe OA in just about every joint. Had had bilateral total knee replacements, & thumb arthroplasty. It is a nuisance & a huge pain, literally & figurally.

      The research is to find a biomarker to identify people likely to develop OA & give them proactive treatment rather than reactive. Younger generations will fare better than us. The only treatment available for OA now is treating the symptoms. Cost society lots of money, individuals who have to go on disability & affects quality of life.

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      Could you describe your pain, where it is and is it pretty much equally on both sides of your body?  Does it stop you from doing simple everyday actions, like rising easily from a chair or getting out of bed or out of a bathtub?
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      Thanks for reply and sorry to hear of your probs.

      My right knee needed miniscus tear op which I got about 8 years ago. That knee is always 'there' but no where near as sore as the left one that only started about 3 months ago. I'm 71 so yes, age related I guess.

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      I've had OS in my right knee for about 8 years, round about the time I had a miniscus tear op. xrayed and diagnosed.

      My left knee flared up about 3 months ago, waiting for x-ray results but all the symptoms are the same only worse.

      I've seen a rheumatologist for the right knee but not yet for the left.

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      Actually I was asking Frances about her pain, the person whose arthritis cam e on so suddenly. 

      Chisi your problem sounds very painful.  I hope you can get some relief.  Do you think you've the same injury you had in the right knee?  That seems unfair, to say the least!

      Physio can help although not with immediate pain, because the right kind of exercises strengthen supporting muscles, leading to less stress on the afflicted joint.  

      I had a tibial plateau fracture in 2014 and was told at that time that the very slight OA showing in the joint x-ray (I had no symptoms) would get worse because of the injury.  It's just been during the last couple of months that the knee has become quite stiff and somewhat painful to bend fully.  But I persisted with some exercises I have, and also started doing a couple of strengthening ones I'd let lapse over time, and I feel the last week or so that it's improving.  Obviously it's not the same as what you're suffering, but just to let you know there should be light at the end of your tunnel too.

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      Frances.. just to let you know you’re not alone .. and I feel for you.

      It also seems the chronic pain from my OA happened overnight too:  I’d had a few aches and pains here and there but it was almost like wham... your knees are stuffed.  I’ve questioned everything about it.. even possible psychological trauma causing the sudden onset as the year had been traumatic in itself .

      It was Nov 2017 for me too and has continued since some days it worse than others.  Some days it’s a real struggle.  I’m afraid to say my GP and rheumatologist haven’t been greatest of help. I had X-rays and varying blood tests.   Said it’s OA and to manage symptoms best I can !!! Keep moving...exercise  lol.  

      That’s so hard some days. 

      Was told keep weight under control.. again I’m not overweight.. so how much should I lose??

       I have looked at diet and try to eat an anti inflammatory diet.. that’s helped plus take supplements like fish oil . Lots of self care.  Warm magnesium baths .  Do strengthening exercises. Also have tried  to educate myself as much as I can. 

      Will be interested to hear what your orthopaedic surgeon says???  Good luck and try to stay postive. 

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    Get yourself to hospital, I have arthritis in the feet and knee. I’ve had a cortisone in my ankle but not the knee in March I can feel it’s stated to ware off now but was told I can have 3 injections a year. With my knee it turned out to be septic arthritis knee was very swollen and hot to the touch, I was kept in hospital over night and given antibiotics intravenous and had the fluid removed. I could stand a little the day after
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      Thank you Mark, sorry to hear of your probs.

      I will persue it further once I'm back from holiday.

      Leave 3rd July, no time to do much more. I wanted a "quick fix" before going because I'm visiting my brother who has A S and will need my help. Will just have to grin and bare it.

      Thanks again

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