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#1 Sam


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Posted 16 June 2009 - 02:12 AM

Will be getting a shot in my left hip joint not the bursa but the joint itself.

I was wondering if anyone had this done? I know it involves an xray to make sure they hit where they need to stick the needle in. I just hope they can knock me out.

#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 02:32 PM

Hi Sam,

Good luck with your shot. Have you had it yet?

I'm really not the best person to ask about this. I've had cortisone shots in my neck, both shoulders, and knee. They use larger needles if they also have to aspirate (remove fluid) from the joint first. Larger needles are not fun, you know?

Sometimes they don't hit exactly the right spot, and it needs to be redone. Sometimes I've been worse than starters for a few days afterward, requiring lots of rest and icing. Once, I hyperventilated after one in my neck, as it was so painful, much worse than I thought it would be.

But in all cases, the shots were worth it as they eventually quelled the trouble spots, at least enough to begin physical therapy. Just don't delude yourself into thinking that the shot will fix everything! Usually, it is only the beginning of a long rehab process.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 06:01 PM

Hi Sam,
I did have this done about 4 years or so ago in my shoulder. They numbed it first with a long thin needle and then went in the big one. I didn't feel a thing and it helped so much. It took a couple of days for the medication they injected to start work, but it did wonders.

I hope it goes well for you.
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:41 AM

Hi Sam

Can't answer your question...but I hope it goes well for you...and is pain free...good luck.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 07:21 PM

Don't worry, it's not a big deal. I was in for a bit of a shock, though, when I went in for my appointment. to get the shot. I thought it was just a shot into the muscle and I walk in and the doctor and assistant are wearing the metal aprons and all. I asked if I was having the correct procedure!!

Anyways, it didn't hurt much and there is no need to be knocked out. Take a pain reliever ahead of time, if you want. I sure it's much easier than in the neck.

PS It didn't help me at all and I had a nice cortisone flush for a couple of days.