If you’re battling arthritis pain and have been tempted to take that steroid shot your doc offered you… don’t.
Well, at least not until you read this.
Their failure rate is shocking. And their well-known side effects including pain, swelling, and potential infections are appalling.
But neither of those is the reason why I’m telling you to reconsider that shot today. Because a newly revealed risk makes them both pale in comparison.
Now I know your doc probably promised you a practical miracle. One injection and you’re living pain-free for eight weeks or more.
And I’ll admit it sounds like a heck of a good deal. But let me assure you, this is a case where the “cure” could be FAR worse than the disease.
It turns out the steroids which are supposed to ease your pain may be making your arthritis WORSE. And are you ready for this? They could ALSO be doing serious damage to your bone health.
Steroid shots linked to cartilage loss
Researchers at Tufts University recruited volunteers struggling with knee arthritis.
Half of the volunteers received corticosteroid injections every 12 weeks for two years. The other half received placebo shots.
At the end of the two years, the results were shocking. The folks who received the steroid shots had lost significantly more cartilage in their knees than the people who received the saline.
And ironically, the steroid users didn’t even report having less pain!
Of course, that was after two years of shots. So you might be tempted to submit to one or two. But that could still be a BIG mistake because this isn’t the first time we’ve seen bone problems linked to steroids shots.
Bone DEATH 3 times more likely in steroid shot users
In an earlier Harvard University study, researchers found a single steroid injection in the hip could lead to bone death. And yes, that’s every bit as terrible as it sounds.
For the Harvard study, half the volunteers received a steroid shot while a control group didn’t receive any shots. A few months later when researchers checked on them, around five to nine percent of the people in the control group had new bone death.
But when they checked folks from the steroid group, everyone was stunned. Up to 24 percent of the volunteers who received the shot… that’s one in four of them… had experienced new bone death.
And the bad news didn’t end there. Seventeen percent of the steroid group had the top of their femur bone near where the drug was injected crumble away. Scientists call it bone collapse, but I call it horrifying. And only four percent of the control group experienced a similar fate.
In other words, bone death and bone collapse were THREE TIMES more likely for volunteers who had received just one steroid shot.
Opt for safe NATURAL pain relief instead
But just because steroid shots are out of the picture, it doesn’t mean you just have to live with the pain. Hyaluronic acid injections work well for many folks. They’re one hundred percent natural. And since HA is something your body already produces on its own the shots don’t come with all those same terrible side effects as steroids.
And if you’d rather skip the injections altogether, there are effective topical pain relievers too. Menthol and capsaicin, for example, are both FDA approved, they’re all-natural, and they work FAST. But for the best results look for a product which also contains DMSO which will help with absorption.
Steroid injections are often ineffective. But now we know they could also cause permanent damage. Don’t risk cartilage loss, bone death, and bone collapse. Seek out a safer alternative instead.
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