Addiction to cortisone was the subject of the 1956 motion picture, Bigger Than Life , produced by and starring James Mason . Though it was a box-office flop upon its initial release,  many modern critics hail it as a masterpiece and brilliant indictment of contemporary attitudes towards mental illness and addiction.  In 1963, Jean-Luc Godard named it one of the ten best American sound films ever made.  John F. Kennedy needed to regularly use corticosteroids such as cortisone as a treatment for Addison's disease . 
In the past 6 months my right knee is giving me fits. The pain in on the inside of the joint and begins to hurt after only a small amount of walking. It also appears that walking downhill is worse than up. I have used ointments and heating wraps and leg supports and all work a little but just temporary. I do have some stiffness in the morning and on and off during the day. I am 75 years old and somewhat over weight. I came to you about a year ago with my right hip giving me trouble. I stopped jogging and went to walking as an exercise. The hip stopped hurting but now transferred to my knee. I did physical therapy on my hip which helped my range of movement as there was a remarkable difference in the range of my right to my left. Would the 6 month shot stop this pain or do I need a knee replacement?
The benefits from the first shot only lasted 2 weeks. The second and third set of injections lasted about 90 days. In November, I was ready to have surgery. My EMG and nerve conduction tests proved that the nerves were "sleeping" before I was. After another MRI, the neurosurgeon said I was a candidate for surgery but I was not able to get the endoscopic type surgery that is less invasive. I would have an incision about 6-8" long. Along with removing the herniation, they would have to increase the size of the hole where the nerve roots were going through.