Yes, TX only works because it stimulates the immune system to do its job. Steroids suppress immune system. It would be counter-productive and defeat the TX. I've also read suggestions that patients wait a while before using anything immuno-suppressant afterwards, too. You can use topical steroids (on the skin) and an injection into a joint might be okay, but nothing like oral steroids which puts them system-wide.
They are not the evil agents that the general public makes them out to be. They were developed for situations such as these. And using a cream is no different than using injectables. You just have to use more (and every day) to get the same effect.
Trust me I've used both; for years. I switched over to injectables because they are safe and I can control the dose better.
Most doctors no little abour steroids because a; they are not in the mainstream, and b; there is little research being done on them.
If you want to see an interesting docucmentary on the subject, rent BIGGER, STRONGER,FASTER by Chris bell. It addresses all these questions.
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