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This page contains answers to common questions about rheumatic conditions and treatment. If you need further assistance please phone our advice line on 01473 703315. As there are a large number of questions on this page you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Rheumatology FAQs

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Can I have a steroid injection before my holiday/wedding/special occasion?

If your arthritis is particularly active we may consider giving you a steroid injection to settle your symptoms, especially if you are waiting for new treatments to start working. Regular use of corticosteroids can be harmful, however, and we do not routinely offer this prior to holidays and/or other special occasions. If you require this we advise you to discuss this with our staff, who will decide if it is appropriate.