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Part 15. The Cortisone Shot.

The needle is FREAKIN’ BIG! Enough to make you want to think twice about taking it. But I did, and even with the skin numbing, it hurt like hell. I was glad when it was over. The doctor told me that I would be “sore” for two days but after that, to let him know how I was doing and if any of my shoulder pain had decreased.

Sore? OHG! What an understatement. I was in so much pain for two days that I considered an ambulance ride to the hospital. I reached the doctor on the phone and explained what I was feeling. He told me that a very small percentage of patients have a serious adverse response to the Cortisone, and that if it continued beyond two days, to return to the office.

The pain from this shot of Cortisone was 50 times worse than the pain from the shoulder. The first morning after the shot, I stayed in bed and cried from the pain. It was something that was so unexpected and so painful that I didn’t know what else to do.

On the internet, I read “Cortisone flare, which is a brief increase of pain for 1 to 3 days. It occurs when the cortisone crystallizes after injection. Rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medicines, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can provide relief.”

“Brief increase of pain”? My ass. Another site said “Around 1:20 patients may have pain that is worse after the injection. This generally occurs for no more than 2-3 days and is related to irritation of the tissue injected from the cortisone itself.” Yeah, it was worse.

I was seriously doubting my decision to get this shot. The doctor wouldn’t prescribe pain killers and the Tylenol wasn’t doing anything – so I suffered through the two days.

And yes, after the two days, the Cortisone pain went away, and my shoulder felt a little better. But not enough to justify what I went though.

I had been using the “rubber stretchy thing” that the doctor gave me every morning to exercise my shoulder. And I was still hurting.

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