What kind of shot did you get? Do you know the name of the actual cortizone medicine shot?I had it in both hands to the point where my hands would go numb from menial tasks and I'd wake up at night with horrible pain. First tried NSAIDS and braces (bowler style) but they didnt do jack. Then I got got the cortisone shots....AAHHHH... 99% better. That was a couple years ago and I might get a slight bit of numbness rarely when I really abuse them (like repeated painting or something). I'm glad I didn't need the surgery. My dr told me that it is not always effective, plus in many cases you dont completely regain your strength.