Corticosteroids are medicines that reduce inflammation and
pain. They work similarly to natural
hormones produced in the body. Sometimes one or more
corticosteroid injections are used to reduce pain in a hand affected by
injection usually is used only for people in the early stages of Dupuytren's
disease when they have pain and do not yet have a lot of bending of one or more
fingers (contracture). Corticosteroid injections weaken the
tissue where they are injected and so are not used frequently. In rare cases,
corticosteroids may also cause side effects, including fluid retention,
elevated blood pressure and blood sugar, and bone thinning (osteoporosis).
If you're making decisions about arthritis pain relief, here are questions you may want to ask your doctor:
1. What pain medication is best for me right now?
2. Does my family and medical history make me a good candidate for this drug?
3. Is it safe to take this drug every day?
4. How long will I need to take this medication? Is it a short-term or long-term treatment?
5. When can I expect to see improvement in my arthritis pain?
6. Will this pain medicine interact with other medications I'm...