Rheumatologist Questions Arthritis

Do you think steroid medications will improve my arthritis?

I was diagnosed with arthritis only six months ago. The treatment has started but is not helping much. Should I consider taking steroid medications for my pain? I'm not sure where to go from here.

3 Answers

No harm in a brief trial of a moderate dose oral Medrol X 10 days, provided you have no previous steroid psychosis, narrow angle glaucoma and/or diabetes, or you are already immunosuppressed. A long-term plan will require a definitive diagnosis.
See a real specialist, ie a rheumatologist, follow the instructions and get the appropriate tests and medications
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Corticosteroids usually help most forms of arthritis, but their effects are short lived, and when taken for a long time, the side effects exceed their benefits.