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).
Without warning and, for some reason, in the middle of the night, gout strikes -- an intense pain in a joint, most often the big toe, but sometimes other joints, including knees, ankles, elbows, thumbs, or fingers.
Attacks of gout can be unexpected and excruciatingly painful. With prompt treatment, the pain and inflammation usually disappear after a few days, but they may recur at any time.
More than 2 million Americans suffer from gout. Gout occurs more often in men than in women. Men usually...