Corticosteroids (glucocorticoids) are medications that mimic the effects of the hormone cortisol, which helps reduce inflammation in the body. Doctors prescribe corticosteroid pills for people who need quick relief from severe inflammation, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or other arthritis-related conditions. However, the use of corticosteroids in RA is debated, because some doctors believe the long-term benefits do not outweigh the risk of side effects. Corticosteroids may be prescribed short-term until DMARDs start working, or long-term in low doses.
Help I have a friend who is a gym goer Im not sure of his quantity or how long he has been taking steroids, but stopped recently because he had really bad neck pain. No dr or scan, ultrasound etc showed anything. Put on huge pain killer amounts didnt help alot but felt after about six weeks some relief. Until today when he thinks a prior knee issue has flared up. If this a result of steroid abuse how long before it heals? Im pretty sure he wont touch them again. He can handle all over aches and pains but these last two injuries have had him off work.