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How can corticosteroids help control ankylosing spondylitis pain?

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If NSAIDs don’t do enough for your joint pain, your doctor may recommend steroids. You might get shots into stiff, painful joints to help with swelling and give you temporary relief. But your doctor won’t recommend this too often because they can damage soft tissues and bone.

About 40% of people with ankylosing spondylitis have inflammation in their eyes (iritis). If you have this, corticosteroid eye drops can lower swelling and ease irritation.

Steroid pills are also sometimes used to help with eye or joint flares.

From: Pain Management for Your Back WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What is ankylosing spondylitis?”

Grant Louie, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Mattey, DL, , December 2011. Journal of Rheumatology

Spondylitis Association of America: “Ankylosing Spondylitis,” “Exercise and Posture.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What is ankylosing spondylitis?”

Grant Louie, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Mattey, DL, , December 2011. Journal of Rheumatology

Spondylitis Association of America: “Ankylosing Spondylitis,” “Exercise and Posture.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 14, 2018

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