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Old 01-30-2020, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Elberta, AL
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I was diagnosed with arthritis back in 2007. After dealing with it for 13 years I am checking to see about getting a cortisone shot to see if I can get any relief. I am retired and on Medicare. I try to work out with weights to help, but it does not do much. I am taking Meloxicam and Turmeric, but it does not help much. I usually have to take ibuprofen also. Below are some questions. My doctor has prescribed Tramadol, but I am leary about taking it.

1) What type of doctor would I need to see about getting a cortisone shot?
2) Will Medicare pay for any of this?
3) Will I need a referral from my family doctor?
4) What other options do I have?
5) How much and for how long would I get any relief from a shot?
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Old 01-31-2020, 11:18 AM
 
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I was diagnosed with arthritis back in 2007. After dealing with it for 13 years I am checking to see about getting a cortisone shot to see if I can get any relief. I am retired and on Medicare. I try to work out with weights to help, but it does not do much. I am taking Meloxicam and Turmeric, but it does not help much. I usually have to take ibuprofen also. Below are some questions. My doctor has prescribed Tramadol, but I am leary about taking it.

1) What type of doctor would I need to see about getting a cortisone shot? Ortho surgeon.
2) Will Medicare pay for any of this? Yes
3) Will I need a referral from my family doctor? No
4) What other options do I have? Sholder joint replacement.
5) How much and for how long would I get any relief from a shot?
Depends.
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Old 01-31-2020, 02:14 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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If your regular doc can't give you the shot, then you may need to see a rheumatologist.

Some reading about them here:
https://www.arthritis-health.com/tre...nt-specialists

https://www.arthritis-health.com/tre...oid-injections
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Old 01-31-2020, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Tramadol side effects: Commonly reported side effects of tramadol include: pruritus, agitation, anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, hallucination, nausea, tremor, vomiting, and diaphoresis.

My doctor prescribed tramadol for my arthritis and after the first pill I threw the whole bottle away. I immediately had an anxiety attack, wild hallucinations and my whole body itched.

Think again OP.
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Old 01-31-2020, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Elberta, AL
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Tramadol side effects: Commonly reported side effects of tramadol include: pruritus, agitation, anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, hallucination, nausea, tremor, vomiting, and diaphoresis.

My doctor prescribed tramadol for my arthritis and after the first pill I threw the whole bottle away. I immediately had an anxiety attack, wild hallucinations and my whole body itched.

Think again OP.
I have had these for over a year and I have only taken one. I don't want to take any drugs that has a risk of being addicted nor with those side effects.
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Old 01-31-2020, 03:46 PM
 
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I don't know anything about cortisone, but do you, or have you tried doing various shoulder stretches and mobility movements at various times though out the day in order to relieve the pain? It's vital to keep the shoulders loose and mobile.

Some shoulder stretches are shown below.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324647.php

Hanging from a bar is also good for the shoulders. Get a doorway chinning bar and hang from it a few times each day. Do both active hanging and passive hanging. In passive hanging you allow yourself to hang so that your shoulders touch your ears. In active hanging you don't allow yourself to sink down as far as you do in passive hanging.

Passive and Active Hang


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkTNPmy5FK4
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Since OP started another thread on this in the insurance thread - I'll just add: I had tried turmeric after developing arthritis from foot surgery, I think it does diddly and I find that there is no real regulation - going to stop wasting my money and not buy it anymore.
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:14 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Since OP started another thread on this in the insurance thread - I'll just add: I had tried turmeric after developing arthritis from foot surgery, I think it does diddly and I find that there is no real regulation - going to stop wasting my money and not buy it anymore.
Same result here. But as we literally always need to remind everyone around here, YMMV.

As for the cortisone shot itself.... Maybe a bit of relief for a few days at best trying it in knees, hip, ankle, toes, shoulder IME. Have to say, at least its a lot more unpleasant than supplements!
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Elberta, AL
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Since OP started another thread on this in the insurance thread - I'll just add: I had tried turmeric after developing arthritis from foot surgery, I think it does diddly and I find that there is no real regulation - going to stop wasting my money and not buy it anymore.
Yes I did and I then realized it was the wrong section.

I don't know if the turmeric is doing anything or not. I will finish what I have and then see if I starting hurting more.
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Old 01-31-2020, 09:35 PM
 
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1) What type of doctor would I need to see about getting a cortisone shot?
2) Will Medicare pay for any of this?
3) Will I need a referral from my family doctor?
4) What other options do I have?
5) How much and for how long would I get any relief from a shot?

My mother has bad arthritis in knees and shoulders and also tendinitis in shoulders that sometimes is almost incapacitating. We went to the local Urgent Care and they gave her a cortisone shot. It significantly knocked out the pain and lasted for months. She could move without pain. Medicare + her supplement paid for it. She did not need a doctor referral; we just walked into Urgent Care. In the past for her knees she has gone to an Orthopedic doctor for a cortisone shot also.

Cortisone is not without risks. The Mayo Clinic site has good information on cortisone shots and what to expect:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-pro...t/pac-20384794

The ThermaCare heat patches available at drugstores might also offer some temporary relief:

https://www.thermacare.com/heat-wraps/neck-pain-therapy

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