had my cortisone jab today
May 13, 2010 12:19pm CST
i had it at 11:20am,it's now 18:15 and it really hurts now,my arm is freezing cold as i can't move it and my fingers are swelling because i have to keep my arm hanging down beside me,but if it stops my tennis elbow it'll be worth it,but the doctor did say that i need to find out what caused it as if i carry on doing whatever it was i did to cause it,it may come back,problem is because i'm ill i don't do much apart from clean the house and cook the dinner,so i don't know what caused it
• United States
13 May 10
Cortisone shots HURT! There's no getting around that. It may hurt for a few days, too, so don't be surprised. Fortunately, once the pain of the shot goes away, usually you have no pain in that joint for a long time. I've had a few of them myself. I don't like getting them because I know it's going to hurt even worse for a few days but I do like having no pain eventually. I've been diagnosed with tennis elbow, too. This was decades ago and it still hurts at times. When it first started hurting, I was doing nothing out of the ordinary. I had two young children so, of course, I was busy, but I was doing the same things for years with no pain before then. I have no real idea what causes it or why the pain sometimes goes away on it's own without doing anything for it. It could be the beginning of arthritis. A friend of mine has an 18 year old son who has arthritis in his feet so I know it can happen to anyone at any time. I hope you don't hurt for long and the cortisone works for you. The best thing you can do right now, since you don't know what caused it, is to take it easy with that arm as much as you can. That's what I do whenever mine starts acting up and, eventually, the pain goes away. Good luck!
• United States
13 May 10
I had a splint at one time but it was more of a pain than it was worth. I just don't use that arm as much as normal when it hurts and rub Capzasin on it. I don't know if you have Capzasin where you are but it's found in the pharmacy near the other muscle pain-relieving rubs are. Capzasin is different than the others, though. My rheumatologist recommended it to me. It's made from the capsaisin found in peppers. It doesn't smell like anything at all and it doesn't feel hot or cold. It gets absorbed into the skin and appears to disappear. I recommend it to anyone with any kind of muscle or joint pain. It's WONDERFUL! It works immediately, doesn't stink and doesn't stain clothes. If you do have it there, try it! I guarantee you'll like it. It costs a bit more than the other pain-relieving rubs but it's so worth it!
14 May 10
doormouse, Sounds like you got your much needed injections eventually but I understand that this is quite an excruciating procedure. So, I really hope that you are doing well and wish you a speedy recovery from pain and the use of your master arm.