My right wrist hurts sooooo bad after a cortisone injection!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jaltair, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    I try not to complain, but everything these days seems on a downhill slide!

    I went to the ortho yesterday for an evaluation of my carpal tunnel on my right wrist. I have it in the left, too, but want to tackle the most critical first. When my rheumy had referred me over a couple weeks ago, I thought I’d be headed into surgery. Well, thank goodness there were other options, but now I’m not so sure!

    I had cortisone shot in the right tunnel area to relieve the swelling and hopefully reduce pain. It’s worse than ever today!

    How long does it take for a cortisone injection to work? Help!! (Once again . . .) It even hurts to type this note!
  2. BethM

    BethM New Member

    I just went through that same thing, for tendinitis in my left wrist, about two weeks ago. They didn't tell me it would hurt like you-know-what the next day. It was bad enough to make me feel nauseated and dizzy and shocky from the pain, and they took me off work one more day because it was so awful.

    I've had cortisone shots in my finger joints for trigger fingers, and had soreness and swelling, but never like that wrist injection reaction.

    I was much better by the end of the second day, and even better the third day, had no problem going back to work.

    Unfortunately, the relief has not lasted, and I am nearly back to where I was before the shot. Darn. I really am trying to avoid surgery.

    So, hang in there, it WILL get better. They told me to alternate with heat and ice, ending with ice. That did seem to help.

    Hope this works well for you and gives you long lasting relief.

  3. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    Thanks for your responses. Today is the first full 2-days since the shot, and Julehan, BethM, you are both right! It feels much better now.

    The numbness and tingling in the small and ring finger continue, but that's probably due to cervical involvement from the C 4-5 area where I have bone spurs that intrude inward where the nerve is.

    At least the pain in the fatty part of the thumb is gone!

    Foggedup, I've been worked up for Lyme by my MD who is a specialist in infectious disease. No Lyme disease was found.

    I really feel that the shot was worth it all now and wouldn't hesitate to have it again if the pain returns or to have it in the left wrist if it gets as bad as the right! Wow ... relief without surgery! I love it!

    Warm hugs,


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