Drug Relieves Lower Limb Pain

Aug. 15, 2001 (Ivanhoe Newswire) - A hormone used to treat rheumatic fever and rheumatoid arthritis also helps patients with lower limb pain, according to a new study.

Mayo Clinic researchers in Rochester, Minn. report the hormone methylprednisolone can dramatically improve the level of pain a patient experiences. Researchers treated 11 patients for between 8 and 16 weeks with the drug. All 11 patients reported improvements in the amount of pain they experienced.

Researchers report the pain was completely resolved in four patients and much improved in the other seven. Prior to this treatment, six of the patients were in wheelchairs and four used walkers. After the treatment, only one patient still relied on a wheelchair and six patients walked independently.

Researchers say there have not been many studies on treatments for lower limb pain. They say while their study shows promising results with the drug methylprednisolone, they feel a controlled, double-blind study needs to be conducted.