Hi does it hurt a lot to have steroid injection in your hand/wrist. Rheumatology mentioned going on biological. I am on sulfa and leflunomide but my hand'wrist always very painful and swollen and both knees. The medication helps as used to be on methotrexate and couldn't tolerate tablets or injections made be very down and feeling sick. Have RA appointment next week I'm a baby so scared have avoided the injection in my hand since 2017 when I was first diagnosed. I had a knee drain and steroid injection to the knee joint with no pain relief that has frightened me as very little skin in your hands.
Steroid injection in your hand or wrist: Hi does it... - NRAS
I have had two into my finger. Second was great success as it was done under ultrasound ( guided). It is more a very strange sensation when the fluid goes in ( sort of fizzing) but can’t say it’s painful as they apply a gel before which is very cold and somewhat numbs the area. It’s pretty quick and for the little discomfort the outcome of reduced swelling far outweighs it! What I wasn’t told was that you should rest the area for day or two to let the steroid work. It’s possible it will feel a little worse following 2-3 days then improvement day by day! Be brave and you will be pleased for the results!
Thank you so much for sharing. I feel I might give it a go. I have been diagnosed six month ago and doctors are still figuring out which treatment works. I am on methotrexate and just about to start on new meds as well. So hopefully it will all be ore manageable soon! 4-5 months seems like a reasonable amount of time. I hope your symptoms will get better!
The second one ( guided) was done last August ( it did give me a massive headache for the rest of the day.... maybe I was a little uptight anyway) and it has pretty much been fine since. There have been the odd day here or there that it plays up a little ( more when I have used my hands a lot) but only lasts the day so I am very happy!
I have had 3 in my wrist. First two were not bad, but 3rd one hurt the entire time of the injection! Ironically, the first 2 didn't do much for my pain, but that 3rd one has lasted going on 11 months now. Maybe the pain of the injection and the results mean the doctor has hit the "bullseye" with the needle. jmho
Hi Sabrejan, nope its fine a bit uncomfortable. But not finger in door jam, or one time Hand under hood! Of a ford explorer, I did explain to the lady doing mine ,that needles and me just dont get along, she laughed and then explained what was going to happen ,and gave me pain relief. Yes there is a feeling of pressure,but no omg. Your not the only one who really isnt keen.
Speak to the person doing it, explaining what and why, if they're good they will understand. If you think they are not listening or ignoring you, tell them to stop. Warmest Craig
Sabrejan, you will get something to numb the area first. So, as others have said, you will not feel too much. I find a spot on the wall to focus on and do my breathing exercises. As for my thoughts - I am so confident that this is going to help relieve the hurt in the joint. I only think (and picture in my mind) the future benefit of life with less hurt. I don’t get caught up in the happenings going on in the room, or to my wrist!
I’ve had injections in my spine where they have gone in and had to turn the corner. It took about a dozen attempts to get to the right spot. Partway through I was asked if I wanted to stop the procedure. I said, NO WAY!
I was definitely not comfortable, but that injection was too important to my future.
Craig is right. Let them know of your apprehension before the procedure. They can be more supportive and helpful for you. Maybe you’ll get extra blankets! 🙂