New York: A new study suggests that injections of steroids or arthritis drugs in the spine may not provide much extra relief for people with chronic back and leg pain due to nerve damage.The drug injections also didn`t increase the risk of infection and other complications, despite some previous safety concerns.It`s possible, researchers said, that higher doses of steroids or the anti-arthritis drug etanercept (marketed as Enbrel) may do a better job of easing pain in this notoriously hard-to-treat group of patients. Or people might get more pain relief if the shots are given as-needed, instead of at set intervals.So the findings can`t say definitively whether or not either type of injection might help some people with nerve-related chronic pain, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine."This kind of pain is very challenging to treat. There`s no reliable treatment that works in everyone," said Dr. Steven Cohen from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, who worked on the study.
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