I never understood why anyone would put a substance like steroids into their body, until I got very sick with heat exhaustion. The doctor gave me a steroid shot, and I felt like a million bucks for about 3 days. I've also gotten steroid injections in my back and neck periodically, for disk issues, and they help decrease my pain, and enable me to be more active and productive. I wouldn't voluntarily take them other than for these types of issues, but I can definitely understand the draw. The downside is that I also have a lower level of 'roid rage after receiving the steroid injections, so, although I don't recommend them, I think they do serve a purpose.