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Hi JK – I would probably ask both. Yes, of course some of the cortisone travels within the body, but the purpose of placing the injection at the point of inflammation is to minimize the involvement of the rest of your body. The dose is smaller than you get by taking oral steroids. Here is some info about injections compared to oral steroids: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cortisone-shots/about/pac-20384794 and https://www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/injections/cortisone-injections-steroid-injections

Here is some specific information about cortisone and osteoporosis: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/occasional-cortisone-injections-unlikely-to-have-negative-affect-on-bones/

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Thanks for the links, @sueinmn I had planned to research that myself but just hadn't had time yet. It does sound reassuring that it should not affect my osteoporosis but I will check on that since the osteoporosis is in my hips and the shots would also be in my hips.

I found it interesting that it says prednisone in doses of 10mg or more will affect bones but I have only been taking 5mg a day yet the endocrinologist I went to, Director of the Bone Density Center at MGH, felt that the prednisone had been the cause of my osteoporosis progressing.

@lioness I will be looking forward to hearing what you find out on Wednesday.