I will see the hand doctor again on Nov. 9, for the tendinitis and trigger finger problems that just won't heal. I'm sure he will offer me his usual: 1. do nothing 2. use a splint (which I am doing now, with some success, although I just aggravated the whole hand last night when we had a plumbing crisis at home, darn it) 3. put me in a cast. (nooooo, thank you!) 4. cortisone shots 5. surgery Several months ago he did a cortisone shot into the tendon that is triggering, and it helped for awhile, but the problem is coming back. I really want to avoid surgery, but am still considering it as a last resort option. My question is this: There is so much controversy about cortisone injections. Should I go for it? Avoid it? It is used, for me, in a very small amount in a very small area, not like we are injecting a large area, and it is not into a joint. He injects into the tendon sheath. (And yes, it HURTS!!!!) Comments? Suggestions? I know he will ask, and I am desperate for relief, although not at the chance of the expense of long term problems from the treatment, if that is a possibility. Thank you for your wisdom and experience! Peace, Beth.