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Date: 25.04.2011
From: Michelle Peacock

Subject: Prolonged menstruation after cortisone injection

Ladies - I have RA and neither my GP or my Rhuematologist seemed to be aware of this but I had 3 injections of cortisone on the same day. Both shoulders and my knee. It eased the pain in my knee (not so much for my shoulders) but I am now on day 22 of my period with no signs of it stopping. I have always been regular 21 - 24 days and last about 5 - 7 days but this month there seems no end. Has anyone else had this? My GP said he could give me something to stop it but I already take so many drugs, methotrexate, sulphasalazine, arthrotec etc. and I am also a type 1 diabetic so he was a bit reluctant. I am not sure how much more I can take. Thank goodness for Always Ultras!
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Date: 25.04.2011
From: cookie

Subject: Re: Prolonged menstruation after cortisone injection

Hi michelle have not had this problem myself but have just googled it for you and there does seem to be some incidents of this about although its not too common might be worth you googling it and showing the results to your gp. All seem to say it settles of its own account but its whether your happy with this x
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Date: 26.04.2011
From: Michelle

Subject: Re: Prolonged menstruation after cortisone injection

Thank you Cookie. I only Googled it after speaking to my consultant and GP and was surprised that they had not come accross this before. As a diabetic I knew to expect high blood sugars and these lasted for about 2 weeks but for me I am not sure the cortisone was worth it to be honest as although my knee is a bit better, my shoulders are still very painful and stiff. I am waiting for anti tnf therapy and hope to see some benefit from that.
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Date: 26.04.2011
From: Gaynor

Subject: Re: Prolonged menstruation after cortisone injection

Hi Michelle. I've never heard of it before. I'm not sure what your age is, but are you sure it isn't the start of menopause. I know several people who had rediculously long periods, really heavy, when they were on the fringes of menopause.
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Date: 26.04.2011
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Prolonged menstruation after cortisone injection

I have had multiple cotisone injections before and didnt experience this prolonged bleeding Maybe its the menopause thing. Maybe you should ask your GP to blood test you for menopause onset. Mine started at 49years old (sorry if you are too young). Just thought it might be helpful to let you know it only takes blood test. Wish you luck.
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Date: 28.04.2011
From: Michelle

Subject: Re: Prolonged menstruation after cortisone injection

Thanks - I have checked with my GP and as I have only just turned 40 he seems to think all is well menopause wise. Google is full of other stories like mine so at least I am not alone.

GP will keep an eye on me going forward - but day 25 and still counting!!!
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Date: 29.04.2011
From: kylee

Subject: Re: Prolonged menstruation after cortisone injection

hi i have experienced this im m only early 20s i went to see my gp and he gave me menapause tablets that stop the period you take them for 4 weeks then stop to start your period and then it just comes on as normal with nomore tablets hope this is of help
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Date: 19.06.2011
From: tatty

Subject: Re: Prolonged menstruation after cortisone injection

hi, I'm glad to read that other people have the same problem. I had 3 cortisone shots over 3 weeks ( in the lower spine) after the last one my period started and hasn't stopped yet. That was two weeks ago. The bleeding is light but continuous and I do have menstrual cramps. I'll give it a few more days and will see a doctor if there it doesn't stop.
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