A Shot In The Arm…In My Hip…

I recently got a cortisone shot for the bursitis in my hip. I have been having nearly constant hip pain since I got sick almost eight years ago. But I have never done anything to treat the hip directly.

And I guess I had resigned myself to living with the pain.  I live with the pain in all the other parts of my body that hurt, so why not the hip, too?

Steroid injections for RA treatment

At my last appointment, my rheumatologist suggested that she give me a cortisone shot in my hip to relieve the pain, which she could see was intense based on my physical exam.

I have to admit, I was pretty nervous and skeptical about the whole thing. Even after everything I’ve been through health-wise, I’m still not a huge fan of needles. I asked my doctor exactly what the experience would entail, and how painful it would be. She told me that it wouldn’t feel much different than a flu shot, but that they use a very thin, but longer needle because they have to go somewhat deep.

I wanted to chicken out.  I wanted to say maybe next time.  But then I realized that nothing could be more painful than the pain I was already in, so I went for it. After all, the worst that could happen was that the injection wouldn’t work.

My experience with cortisone shots

My rheumatologist walked me through everything.  She cleaned the area, and then pushed on several places and asked which hurt the worst.  She sprayed lidocaine on the area to numb it.  Then she cleaned it again.  Then she did the injection.  The whole thing took under 10 minutes, and the worst part about it was being nervous and not knowing what to expect. Overall, my doctor was right.  The injection was about a painful as a flu shot.  It was more annoying than anything else.

These shots have helped my pain significantly

But for me, the results so far, have been amazing.  I have zero hip pain.  I do have some pain in the muscle and in my groin, but it is more of the muscles being used in a way that they haven’t in a long time.

And I have to say, I never realized how severe my hip pain was and how it affected my overall condition and demeanor.  But now that it’s gone, I feel like I have a new lease on life, I feel like a different person.

I know that I have to savor this feeling, because I know it’s not going to last forever.

Experiences with steroid shots vary per person

I’ve heard from some people that the cortisone shot makes their pain worse.  I’ve heard people say that it was an awful experience, and they would never get another cortisone shot again. But I’m glad I didn’t let those views win out, and I am glad I opened myself up to the experience – I never thought I’d say that a shot was one of the best things I could do for myself.

And I know cortisone shots don’t work for everyone.  I’m just glad that I didn’t let my fear overtake me, and that I decided to get the injection. To me, it didn’t end up being a big deal, and it’s everything to get some relief, for however long it ends up lasting.

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