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Steroid shot- will it make me gain weight???

Laura in Texas
on 6/2/13 11:02 pm

I got a steroid shot in my shoulder on Friday for tendonitis. Will is make me gain weight???

Jilly Bean
on 6/2/13 11:23 pm - IN
RNY on 07/09/12

No.  I've had several since my surgery (both shoulders and SI Joint).  No issues with weight.  It's not the same as taking oral steroids over an extended period of time as the cortisone shot is localized in that specific joint.  No worries!  Hope you feel better.

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Laura in Texas
on 6/2/13 11:53 pm

Thanks. I just remember reading posts by people who said steroids made them gain. I'll admit even 5 years out I am paranoid about weight gain indecision

The shot really helped and I'm hoping that is all that will be needed.

Neen L.
on 6/3/13 4:16 am - Arlington, VA

Hey Jilly, was the SI joint injection particularly painful? I am getting mine checked out on Wednesday and may need such a treatment. I'm normally not bothered by needles but for some reason this is freaking me out.

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on 6/3/13 12:00 am - OH

I doubt it.  Talk to your doctor, but I'm thinking a single steroid injection does not have that effect the way a course of oral steroids does.  I've had steroid shots in my knees before and in my back and never noticed an increase in appetite or any weight gain.

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Miss Liss
on 6/3/13 12:21 am

Before I relented and had sinus surgery, I had to get the steroid injections.  I got one about every 3 to 6 months.  I had no issues with them as far as weight gain goes.  Now, insomnia is another story.  They also made me anxious  where I couldn't sit still for a couple of days.  But, hey, my house was clean.  LOL. 

on 6/3/13 1:59 am - NJ

ive received several steroidal shots in my knee over the past two years, never had any weight gain problems as a direct result... maybe the crap food i eat on my cheat meal; thats another story.. lol

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Cicerogirl, The PhD

on 6/3/13 2:59 am - OH

No.  I have been having them every 3 to 4 months in both of my knees for about 4 years, and not gained anything.  The injections are different than the pills that you take daily that increase your appetite. Even with the pills, it isn't like you just automatically gain weight by magic... they increase your appetite, but if you still control what and how much you eat, you can still keep your weight under control.


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Grim Traveller
on 6/3/13 3:40 am
RNY on 08/21/12 with

No, there are different kinds of steroids, and these are not what bodybuilders use.


I would like to see you get your pumped-up Hulk face though.



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H.a.l.a. B.
on 6/3/13 4:00 am
RNY on 05/14/08 with
It may make you retain some water for a couple days. But overall - no weight gain.

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