** Originally posted by Leslisa **
I have taken cortisone shots when an inflammed joint does not respond to prednisone, nsaids, rest, splint and it has been swollen for about 3-4 months. The last 2 or 3 shots I have had provide relief for 24 hours and then the swelling shows up around the same area again. Has anyone else had cortisone shots stop working? With all these awful meds we have to take I am considering talking to my dr about forgoing the disease stopping meds (which are not really working anyway) and just try pain management meds. It seems to me it would be about the same results yet with fewer side effects from methotrexate, enbrel, prednisone. Has anyone else had any luck doing that? Very frustrated and discouraged. The drug cost and side effects seem too high a price to pay. I'd rather be able to move without pain and deal with the swelling and then not be so sick from the medicines. Thanks, it's nice to have people who have walked down this road.