Had many of these injections in hands and feet (m)May 17 2012 at 5:41 PM
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Response to KM - Back pain, injections
Usually my rheumatologist topically numbs with that freezing spray. Then when the skin is white he injects a mixture of lidocaine and cortisone. The area usually hurts like H&%$!! until the lidocaine kicks in. By the next morning I usually feel relief and the swelling is decreasing.
My only warning is to try not to overdo things when you feel better. I made that mistake once (went out and played golf while it was still numb after my shot) and that shot didn't last very long. Other times, I've "babied" the joint that was injected and sometimes the pain/swelling didn't come back at all. Other times the relief lasted a year.
I know it's probably a lot more complicated to inject the spinal column instead of a knuckle, but the cortisone is magical. (without the side effects of the oral type!)