The treatment for milder forms of this condition is aspirin or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, given for the inflammation, swelling and pain. Patients with severe symptoms may be given steroids (cortisone). Beta-blockers can also be given to help with the hyperthyroid symptoms. This type of medication is contra-indicated in people with asthma. In most cases, the patient recovers but in some it recurs. Some may require treatment with thyroxine during the temporary phase of hypothyroidism that follows the hyperthyroid phase.
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.
My autoimmune disease is not life threatening, however, corticosteroids are the only available treatment for Polymyalgia Rheumatica. There is no alternative. I have had many relapses, NSAIDs do not work for this disease and anybody who thinks they can control PMR without steroids soon realises that the only way to beat the pain and live relatively normally is with steroids. Naturally, the dose is tapered gradually, but most people have it for 3 or 5 years or more, many like myself suffer relapes particularly if they get a viral infection, undergo surgery or have a major crisis in their lives, and some people never recover from PMR. It is a devastating disease and without steroids it is crippling. Of course there are side-effects but if one is careful about diet, exercise and plenty of rest they can be reduced. After 8 years on steroid treatment my bones are still strong. A thyroid nodule was found during an MRI to check on my spine, and I am referred to see a specialist, but an endocrinologist friend read the US report and says I have nothing to worry about. Thyroid nodules are common.