How can knee replacements be a better option than steroids?
I was interested to read in your latest edition of Arthritis Today about the lady from Liverpool who felt ‘cured’ while taking antibiotics. I have had a similar ‘cure’ but with
for a gum infection. I was taking prednisolone 5 mg dissolved in 10 ml of water as a mouthwash given to me by my orthodontist. I was amazed to find that after a few weeks of taking prednisolone the pain and stiffness in my knees went and I was able to walk normally, and for once forget all about the two knee replacements I’ve been told I need. Although the prednisolone didn’t cure my gums my GP wouldn’t hear of giving me even a mg of prednisolone to ease my knees. I just don’t understand how well I felt on prednisolone regarding my knees and felt I found ‘my cure’. How can two
be a better option than a steroid?
Mrs Margaret Willows, Plymouth, Devon
Well, you pose an interesting question! Your doctor will be anxious to avoid giving you steroids because of the known long-term side-effects of the drug. These include weight gain, diabetes and
. Knee replacements are not without risks. However, on balance, you would be best to avoid the steroid option as my guess is that they would stop working so well after a while (a phenomenon known as tachyphyllaxis) and you would still be faced with the prospect of knee replacements but with the added risk of thinner bones and more weight.