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Can I have steroid injections for arthritis in my neck and head?

Steroid injections into the neck are used much less often than injections into the shoulder. They're far more complicated, so they need to be given by specialists in hospital using x-ray guidance...

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What drugs should I be taking for rheumatoid arthritis?

Swelling and flare-ups are signs of active and ongoing inflammation and therefore joint damage. It’s very important that efforts are made to bring this under control as soon as possible...

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How do I know when I am taking too many painkillers?

You shouldn't be taking more than the instructions on the packet for over-the-counter preparations or on the label for prescribed medications. Many people aren't using painkillers in the most effective way to manage their pain.

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Can methotrexate slow fracture healing?

Higher doses of methotrexate have been shown to slow fracture healing, but the inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis also has a bearing on the risk of breaking bones and how well they heal...

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Can bisphosphonates cause osteonecrosis of the jaw?

Dr Philip Helliwell answers your questions about arthritis.

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Is Borax the wonder drug it claims to be?

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Methotrexate and adalimumab causing frequent urination

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Which biological therapy for ankylosing spondylitis?

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Could antibiotics help my joint pain after a sore throat?

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Can antibiotics help psoriatic arthritis?

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Should I stop taking Arthrotec because of the increased risk of stomach ulcers?

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Why isn't buprenomorphine used more often for pain relief?

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Can taking entanercept cause colitis?

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Can methotrexate cause mouth ulcers?

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Can steroid injections cause hiccups?

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Which is better; coated or non-enteric coated prednisolone?

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Could rituximab affect a perm?

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Could taking Vioxx cause long-term damage to the heart?

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Is celecoxib to blame for my skin irritation?

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Is a side effect of Enbrel cataracts?

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Does the medication I'm on create dental problems?

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How effective are steroid injections?

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How common are methotrexate side effects?

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Is any advice on the duration of efficacy of Butrans patches?

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How can I reduce the effects methotrexate has on my hair?

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How can I reduce the nausea caused by methotrexate?

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How do I control my leaky gut?

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Is arthritis medication for dogs going to be available to humans?

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How can knee replacements be a better option than steroids?

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Is there a link between the blood pressure drugs and arthritis?

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Can hypertensive drugs cause a flare-up of arthritis?

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Is there a link between osteoarthritis and infection?

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How long should I come off methotrexate before trying to conceive?

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What are the names for the patch form of painkillers?

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Will taking naproxen increase my risk of heart problems?

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Are there any new drugs to help slow down the deterioration of cartilage?

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I can't find a drug that's as good as one I used to take – what can I do?

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Can you recommend a replacement for co-proxamol?

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Can I keep taking steroids?

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Alendronate or risedronate to treat my osteoporosis, which should I choose?

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What substitutes are there for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)?

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What are steroid injections?

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What can I take, other than leflunomide, for rheumatoid arthritis?

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When should I take folic acid to reduce the side-effects of methotrexate?

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Why can't I take certain medications with mineral or spring water?

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Why do we have to have the TB jab before going onto tocilizumab?

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Why don't you have any information on Targinact?

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