02-10-2009, 10:22 PM #1New Member
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How bad is a cortisone shot for your body?? And what does it do?
Hey guys, I recently got an inflammed tendon in my shoulder from bench presses to heavy I think. I've got an MRI and it says I have a shoulder impingement(the joint is pinching the tendon) and I need a cortisone shot, and if that doesn't work then I need to get surgery. I've heard cortisone is really bad because it only m akes it feel better for a month or two and then the symptoms get worse. Can you guys tell me how cortisone works and what it does to benefit/harm your body? THANKS
02-10-2009, 10:25 PM #2
Cortizone is a corticosteroid, which does the opposite of anabolic steroids basically speaking. Meaning it breaks down instead of builds up in order to reduce inflammation
They can do a coarse of two or three shots over a period of time to see if it can reduce the inflammation enough to solve your problem
I am sure someone else here can give you more technical explaination
02-10-2009, 10:38 PM #3
I had the exact same problem, and the cortisone shot did not help me at all. I was diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome and tendonitus of the rotator cuff. Others swear by the shot and I guess everyone responds different, but it did not seem to help me at all, not to mention it hurt like a mother. Physical therapy, no weights, and mainly TIME is what has helped me the most. I go in tomorrow AM for my follow up with the sports medicine doc, I am about 70%. Not sure what to expect, hope they just cut me loose, good luck to you bro...Nitro
02-11-2009, 07:19 AM #4
My symptoms didn't get worse, they just came back.
PS, i have calcification of both AC joints that causes the tendonitis.
02-19-2009, 05:20 PM #5
cortisone shots short term are okay if the pain is just EXTREMELY unbearable...you increase the risk of unhealthy side effects however with extended use.
02-23-2009, 06:55 PM #6
I had a collision with another guy while playing sports, and basically had the same thing you are talking about, an impingement. It took about a year and 3 shots in the shoulder to feel normal again. But they definetly worked for me. Takes time though
02-23-2009, 07:30 PM #7
wow these shoulder injuries are common.. sounds like the same thing wrong with me.. i had a shot in my shoulder in oct.. My shoulder started hurting again last month. I was just given prednisone for 15 days and going to physical therapy 1-2 times a week.. I can get back to lifting in 2 weeks. The flat bench using the bar is what messed up my shoulders.... hopefully I can get back to somewhat normal...
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