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A Shot In The Arm…In My Hip…

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?

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.

Afterall, the worst that could happen was that the injection wouldn’t work.

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.

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.

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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  • Darla
    5 years ago

    Leslie, so glad to hear your injection gave you pain free relief. Ah, pain free.
    Such a blessed feeling. My caring, Primary MD gives me cortisone shots for
    my knees. Makes a big difference. Hope it lasts a long time.

  • Debbie Dombrowski
    5 years ago

    I really get it. I was getting used to hurting all over and feeling that was the way it would always be. Them my Primary Care doc sent me to a podiatrist who he thought could fix my ankle. I had 2 other docs tell me that, well that’s just arthritis and get used to it. The new doc did a surgery and I was terrified, but as soon as it was over, all my ankle and foot pain stopped. I began to believe I could get better. So now I’ve also had shoulder surgery, after going to 3 orthos and being referred twice to neurologists. I found someone who believed me and not only is my shoulder and neck pain gone, but the numbness and tingling in my hand is gone. It just takes that fist little step to realize you don’t have to hurt everywhere all the time.

  • Leslie Rott moderator author
    5 years ago

    Debbie, I am glad to hear you have found some relief! I have not yet had RA-related surgery, so I am sure it is terrifying. It is such a different feeling when you realize that at least some of your pain is gone.

  • Carla Kienast
    5 years ago

    I am so happy the injection worked. You’re right, they don’t 100% of the time, but mostly they’re amazing (at least mine have been, speaking from experience).

  • Leslie Rott moderator author
    5 years ago

    Thanks, Carla! And so glad to hear they’ve worked for you, too!

  • Kelly Mack moderator
    5 years ago

    Leslie, I can totally relate! Before I had my hops replaced, I had a cortisone shot or two and it was amazing! I immediately felt better and usually it lasted for awhile. Enjoy feeling better and savor it! Best, Kelly

  • Leslie Rott moderator author
    5 years ago

    Kelly, thank you! I am so glad to hear that they have worked for you, too!

  • Kayla Gallo
    5 years ago

    I’m so glad to hear you’ve found some relief! I myself have had many, many a cortisone shot/joint aspiration. I remember being terrified the first time I had to have one done. I was about 10 and my mom had to bribe me with a stuffed animal I wanted to get me to go to the appointment. I’ve been lucky that maybe three quarters of the time the injections help immensely. I have had the hip bursa injection twice, and I also found it relieved the pain quickly with very little fuss. Good for you for having the courage to try something new that sounds quite unpleasant and doesn’t have a certainty of helping! The little victories can have profound effects on our lives. It’s always good to hear of a fellow sufferer celebrating a win. I hope the benefits of the injection last as long as possible for you; congrats again!

  • Leslie Rott moderator author
    5 years ago

    Kayla, thank you! I can’t imagine what it was like getting a cortisone shot at such a young age. Regular vaccines were torture enough. And you’re right, the little victories are so very important. Thank you for celebrating with me!

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