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04 Sep 2007

Ankolysing Spondilytis
Hi Doc,
Im 29 years old and been diagnosed this year with this disease. I am on a 2 two treatment plan at the moment so hopefully it works. In the last month I had another attack this time on my right foot by the big toe joint so I went for a cortisone joint injection on thursday but its still not 100%, what do you think, my doc says i must wait a few days longer, but its really sore and cannot possible go for another one its way way to sore. what do you suggest? Thanks!
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Healthy Bones
Healthy Bones

01 Jan 0001

Dear Rita
If you are being treated by a rheumatologist for the ankylosing spondylitis, he would obviously be the most appropriate person to decide on therapy. It does however sound more like gout in the toe joint, and that avenue should be explored. Sometimes it does take a few days for the cortisone to work. You should also rest the foot and try ice-packs to relieve the pain. If this is gout, stay away from alcohol and high purine content foods like meat.
If you are not being treated by a physician or rheumatologist, I suggest you make an appointment with one.
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