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LUCYJORDAN Posted 6 months ago
I’m interested in hearing others experience of steroid injections for arthritis. I’ve been told they are painful, but worth it. What’s your opinion tyvm
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    • Annf 1st August 2021 at 7:55 pm

      I was told the same and I was terrified. I’m happy to report I never felt a thing! Also happy to report it worked a treat. :)))

    • .Issy. 1st August 2021 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Lucy, I had about 3 injections in my knee due to osteoarthritis. The first did not hurt and helped a lot. The second and third injections did hurt but certainly not unbearable, different person did it in a different way. They did not last very long and then covid came and I have not had any since. My knee has deteriorated too much now for them to help.
      I do think they are worth trying but if it is for your knees do follow the advice to not do too much for the first couple of weeks to let the injection take affect.
      Good luck, hope you get some relief.

    • Bronwen 2nd August 2021 at 8:24 am

      Hi Lucy
      I would definitely suggest a food supplement called ‘constant creator’ which I offer all my clients with joint issues and had good results. It is botanical based and natural and needs to be take for at least 3 months to see results. https://holistichabitat.co.uk/product/the-constant-creator/

    • Kazzy62 3rd August 2021 at 12:32 am

      Hi Lucy I had steroid injections in my foot as I had plantar fasiitis which is very painful .But yes it was worth it .My name is kathy by the way

      • YB Anomaly 1st December 2021 at 9:49 pm

        Hi Mazzy, I’ve started getting pain on my heel on and off for about 4 months and am trying exercises on my foot to see if this helps but nothing really seems to help much.
        How long did the relief from your injection last?

    • Deleted User 3rd August 2021 at 9:56 am

      Mother had both ankles done 25 years ago. She had to keep off her feet for a week. Never did discover whether she felt better for it.

    • LUCYJORDAN 31st August 2021 at 1:58 pm

      Hi everybody, thanks for all your comments. The deed has now been done!!! It wasn’t anywhere near as painful as I thought, and although its just a week since it was done, I am amazed at how well it seems to be working. I have arthritis in both knees, and had one replaced, but due to complications won’t have the other one done. To be pain free after all these years is awesome, and I’ve been told I can have 3 per year.
      I feel like a new woman.

    • JCH 31st August 2021 at 7:41 pm

      May I ask if you’ve tried an anti-inflammatory diet?

    • Mave 1st September 2021 at 8:30 am

      Try the injection, but whist the pain is lessened seek advise on exercising the part . I have been told that my arthritic knees are so bad they will operate on them whenever I wish to have them done, however as a retired nurse I am not keen to have a knee replacement without trying other options so I exercise regularly and at present have built up the muscles to support my knees and have very little discomfort. Hope this helps

      • LUCYJORDAN 1st September 2021 at 9:08 am

        Hi mave, I have just started some muscle building exercises . I was not able to do these before hand, as it was too painful. I am hoping that while I have the pain under control I can work on these muscles to give me better control, when the drug wears off. Im 74 soon, and I have suffered with painful knees since 1979. Its not going to be a quick fix, but hopefully if I can do the exercises it will help somewhat. The respite from pain I have now, is something I never thought I’d have again. I still can’t go OTT and have to take things slowly, but its a start.

    • Youniquegrandma 2nd September 2021 at 9:04 am

      I have had many and some are painful and others not. The smaller the joint the more it hurt. They don’t last more than a couple of months and you can only have a few, then joint replacement as I have now had

    • Littkeit 8th September 2021 at 5:53 am

      Very good for inflammatory arthritis ie rheumatoid arthritis flare up. Waste of time for degenerative arthritis ie osteoarthritis as the relief is only fleeting.
      Not particularly painful.

    • LUCYJORDAN 10th October 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Hi everybody, its been nearly 2 months and things are going well, an odd twinge now and then, but nothing like it used to be.
      I recommend anybody that suffers to try this

    • Deleted User 11th October 2021 at 12:51 pm

      I suffer from chronic arthritis in my right ankle. When it was first diagnosed I tried an injection in to the joint which was a steroid and an analgesic. The surgeon injected it then worked my ankle back and forth in his hands. Quite uncomfortable but it worked initially. I was pain free for a couple of weeks then it came back. I had two following treatments about a year apart. Similar results. However the veins on that leg went very varicose and have been treated. After the varicose treatment I was encouraged to walk regular short light walks. After doing these for a few weeks I found that my ankle is far less painful than it used to be. I have found with arthritis in other joints that gentle regular manipulation and exercise is the best remedy. Obviously if the joint is so damaged that it doesn’t work you can’t but I believe that for joints like mine exercise is best🙂🌈all the best d

    • Monnie 29th October 2021 at 8:09 pm

      I am lucky that Turmeric has really helped.
      The message about anti inflammatory diet sounds good as many years ago I had rheumatoid arthritis which went after 4 years. Doc said it was my healthy diet.

      • blueberry 23rd January 2022 at 2:25 pm

        Excellent! I like reading comments like yours because it is so true that what you eat and your lifestyle is most of the time the reason being/getting diseases. My mum has rheumatoid arthritis – she has been eating cakes nearly every day!!!
        Well done you!!!!

    • GTH35 31st October 2021 at 2:41 pm

      I’ve had them till Covid stopped the service. They worked brilliantly in both knee joints and lasted 3-4 months. Always have the injection to the outside of the knees, they should tell you that from the inside of the joint it can be painful. I found out from experience!

    • LUCYJORDAN 31st October 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Ty thats a good tip. The dr that did mine did it from the outside and hopefully I’ll get the same f

    • Cherry 31st October 2021 at 4:50 pm

      I have severe authorities and iv had steroid injection in the past, they didn’t do much good but that’s me but rest assured the injections do not hurt, no more than any other medication, so don’t be afraid it only takes a second.😁

    • June D 2nd November 2021 at 10:23 am

      Hi Kathy ,I have had the injections in my foot for plantar and my knee and both hands for arthritis. The hand injection hurts while the needle goes in and my hand hurt like hell for 2 days and then was absolutely fine .I am having 1 hand done again next week.i would say yes have it done as you definitely feel the benefit.

    • GTR66 3rd November 2021 at 10:26 am

      I have the for my back, they are brilliant, usually last 4-6 months and you can ask for gas and air x

    • Mup64 9th November 2021 at 11:00 am

      I had a couple a few years ago , the anaesthetic was brilliant but wore off quickly and the steroid injection was that good
      Had a hip replacement 2 years ago , never looked back

    • Pennypitstop 11th November 2021 at 2:56 pm

      I have had steroid injection in shoulder twice and was dreading it…it didn’t hurt and helped me, though it wasn’t arthritis. My dad used to have them for arthritis in his shoulder and they helped him. Hope it is good for you 🙂

    • LindyLou23 14th November 2021 at 8:03 am

      I,too, had steroid injections in both palms for trigger finger. I have a high pain threshold but these injections hurt!
      The following day, my fingers just ratcheted up and are still up 6 Months later. A month later I attended an appointment at local hospital to see Hand Specialist who gave me exercises to keep the flow of blood to my fingers. Very pleased how things have gone and no longer embarrassed about crooked fingers. My cousin suffered same problem but he was operated on privately where they cut tendons. No pain that way.

    • Merrion49 15th November 2021 at 11:59 am

      Some people get no benefit at all and steroids don’t address the underlying cause of the inflammation.

    • Alrescreekrebel 15th November 2021 at 2:04 pm

      I’ve just had a hip injection on Saturday for arthritis pain. It was all over and done in minutes. Can’t say it was painful just a bit uncomfortable. I’ll know in a few days whether I’ve got relief from it.

    • Koren 14th December 2021 at 6:56 pm

      I have arthritis in both knees and had steroid injections in both. First injection was great and I felt like a new woman! Lasted 6 months, so then I had another one, which didn’t seem to work aswell and another lot 1 month after and they didn’t work either. It’s really painful to have them in the first place so managing without and using painkillers, exercises and supplements to try and combat the pain

    • DaveA 29th December 2021 at 10:51 pm

      I’ve been having steroid injections in both hands every 3-4 months for almost ten years.
      It’s extremely painful but only lasts about 20 seconds.
      It’s bearable because I know within two to three days it’s like having new hands – no triggering, no pain.
      I’ve now had trigger release surgery on two fingers left hand and need all the other fingers operating on before I’m fully fixed.
      The steroids are less hassle.

    • Simon jqr 22nd January 2022 at 9:38 pm

      Hi, just joined and seen your question . I have injections in both knees every four months. I don’t look forward to it, but it’s more uncomfortable than painful. The results are amazing but you have to realise that you continue to damage the affected areas, just without the discomfort. – good luck with what you decided to do

    • blueberry 23rd January 2022 at 2:44 pm

      Hello everyone,
      Arthritis is mainly caused by inflammation of the joints. It may be good to find out why there is an inflammation and where it comes from.
      Having pain and particularly constant pain can be hugely stressful and we would do anything to make it stop.
      Steroids are one option but in the long run they may bring other issues like my mother had both eyes operated due to cataract which is listed as side effect of taking steroids.
      NOT everybody is the same and this may not apply to everybody but just inform yourself of all other options instead of taking a pill, medication for the rest of your life.
      Changing your diet or other lifestyle habits could be making you feel better too.

      • Martine-N 24th January 2022 at 2:02 pm

        Totally agree with this!
        I had a painful hip for nearly 3 years and could barely do anything, so decided to get a cortisone injection. The pain is now almost gone entirely, so I can now do exercise again like before (gym, walk, cycle, etc), and I am planning to rebuild my strength and lose weight so I don’t need another injection.
        I’m also taking turmeric, which I find helps too. And when my hip gets tight again, I will be seeing my osteopath in the first instance, as he managed to loosen the muscles around my hip and lower back, so there is less stress on the hip joint.

    • June D 24th January 2022 at 10:23 am

      I have found the injections on my hands painful and my hand hurts for 2 days afterwards but after that they pain free for a few months.worth having ,hope this is useful for you Lucy.

    • Ropey 16 24th January 2022 at 2:29 pm

      I’m 66 have arthritis since I was 39 ,I’ve had steroid injections many times .they are painful but worth the pain .They last about six months ,I’ve all so had mild acid injections in my knees they were really good ,I was on gold injections for 20 years and they just stop giving me them I was worried I would but worst ,how wrong was I I’ve never felt better !

    • Heaven can wait 26th January 2022 at 3:57 pm

      Never touched steroid injections, simply because any pain relief is short lived …
      Although I did have a coarse of synvisc (synthetic viscular) injections, in my arthritic knees over a period of two weeks.
      Synvisc (available on NHS) isn’t pain relief .
      It added into the cavity behind the knee to replace the lost cartridge ….and extremely effective.