How Many Cortisone Shots Can A Person Have In A Years Time?


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Linda Fitzgerald Profile
I did some research about it and there is no written rule about the no. Of shots that can been in a year. That no. Is decided by the Dr. And the physical problem being treated. The Dr. Decides how many and when by whether the patient is is finding relief or not. Here in Canada we have a pill taken 1 per wk. Before the cortisone treatment It's name is Fofamax. It helps prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Cortisone will not work on all damaged joints. It may relieve pain for up to 3 months or may not work at all. I don't know what your friend needs it for. If it's for arthritis, it can be very help in some cases. It has one bad side effect. Too much can affect the pituitary gland and cause Cushing's Syndrome. This weight gain causes the weakened bones to deteriorate more quickly. People with joint damage should know that while the cortisone relieves the pain, it does not stop the damage, from the use of the joint to stop. If you don't feel the pain, you tend to ignore the damage and just carry on. I do it when I feel less pain and make a bad situation much worse and I know better. Take care.
nettie Profile
nettie answered
OK here is your answer 1 every 3 months and if my math is on target that averages out to about 4 per year.....hope this helps you, this is straight from my Sister and this is what her Dr. Advised her of....
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Jacquelyn Mathis
Jacquelyn Mathis commented
Thank you so much dear!! I really appreciate your help. Love ya, Tigg ♥
Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson commented
I just had 2 cortisone shots in my foot and about to get my third(and last one)in February! BTW, it was my right foot!
Jo W. Profile
Jo W. answered
Hi Tiggs!

They try to keep the number down -- according to my docs no more than about 5 per year, depending on the condition and the amount of cortisone needed for relief. Hope this helps! Love you, Tiggs!! :-) Jo
Nikia Clarke Profile
Nikia Clarke answered
In spite of surrounding folklore, there is no specific limit to the number of cortisone shots that can be given. ... There is a limit to the amount of cortisone given in one dose, ... this varies depending on the size and physical condition of the person. ...about 1 every 3 months...tell your friend "good luck"
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My gut is the less the better because docs that give cortisone shots usually work indirectly for insurance companies. I had just one in my life and it didn't do me a bit of good.
Jim Witness Protection Profile
Depends on the dosage, where the shots are given, and what is the purpose of the injection. Cortisone is a widely used medication and can have adverse effects on the body.For example, asthma inhalers are based on cortisone, which help relieve the onset of a attack, but have a long range negative effect as they contribute to osteoporosis.. Cortisone is used for muscle injuries in athletes, as well as us common folk. So, to answer your question, I would have the attending doctor keep a close watch on the condition that requires the shot, and limit them as few as possible.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I used to get them in my back for the so-called trigger points of pain that I had. As I recall, it was about every 3-4 months. I did them for about a year and honestly, didn't notice a huge difference in my pain levels. AND I have a couple of spots on my back where I have no feeling at all now. Unfortunately, those spots are not where I had/have pain....
Nathan Corrie Profile
Nathan Corrie answered
Hi T-M.

I'm adding my vote to Bgirl525 also. My mother has a 'frozen' shoulder and has cortisone injections in it about every 3 months which is as much as her doctor feels happy about.

A word of advice to your friend though, in case he/she doesn't already know - my Mom says that after the injection, her shoulder usually feels worse for a couple of days before she starts to feel the benefit.

Hope your friend's problem gets better soon. All the best.

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Hey There, not quite sure but my sister was taking them once a week for how long I don,t know but will ask before the end of the day and rush the answer back to you.....HUGS
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nettie commented
OK sorry did not sign in so it has me as a guest but in all honesty it is me, baby I'm back smile......
nettie commented
She was not doing once a week my mistakes have spoken to her and she says her Doctor said once every 3 months average about 4 per year....OK...HUGS
Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson commented
I just had a cortisone shot in my right foot yesterday(January 11)and it's the second one I got! The first cortisone shot I got was in December of 2011 and the next one I get is gonna be in February(February 1st, that is)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
As few as she can get away with and still be comfortable. Cortisone works but it's not good for your system. I had one shot once. It worked but I was in pain for one day. Fortunately that took care of my problem and I didn't need any more. Good luck!
Mary Ann Cassidy Profile
Hi Tigg.There's a lot of good information here. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is used to treat a number of conditions. One of its' effects on the body and a potentially harmful side effect is the suppression of the immune system. I would take as little as possible to deal with a condition!
Glen Thornbury Profile
Glen Thornbury answered
When I was Bull Riding and Broke my back doing it too! I was getting them ABOUT 3 times a year!
Most of the pressure you encounter Bull Riding is your Shoulder and then your knees and the Your rope HAND! Boy is my hand messed up! And shoulder too, it's REAL BAD!
ferhad dadkhah Profile
ferhad dadkhah answered
Tiggersmom hello - cortisone are in some kind 1- in tablet (prednisolone) only in one period that is 15 days use a year because this drug effect s to the bone 1- ointment cortisone according doctor recipe use it 3- cortisone in injection (dexamethasone) it have long effect or ordinary, this drug use in one or two time a year .
Alan Profile
Alan answered
I would go with the 3 month gap. My wife gets them for asthma attacks but thankfully one a year would be her dose.
Dave  Pendlebury Profile
Dave Pendlebury answered

I have had debilitating hip pain for over a year. Walking any distance (car to a mall) was difficult without a rest. Results such as an xray and ultra sound showed only mild to morerate hip joint problem. However the results showed gluteal tendonopathy inflamation ( tendons which attach the glutes to the leg and hip) were quite severely inflamed. My family physician at my request agreed and gave me a half a shot of cortisone. 40cc's instead of 80cc's. Voila!  Pain essentilly gone that day. Been taking it carefully - but best two weeks in  a long time! 

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