I had surgery for severe spinal stenosis 7 months ago and my symptoms (leg weakness, leg pain, neuropathy, difficulty climbing steps or rising from chairs) did not improve. As I had previously posted, 5 months post-surgery the NS told me that I had waited too long to have surgery (10 years) and the nerve damage was permanent.
Two weeks ago the nurse-practioner at my PCP's office thought I should have a trial of prednisone. I haven't felt this great in a decade! I walk so much better, my leg pain has virtually vanished, and my legs feel stronger. Of course prednisone is a nasty drug that I can't take regularly (for one thing, it leaches calcium from bones and can cause spontaneous fractures and osteoporosis).
In the past 2 years I have seen 4 neurologists, an orthopod, and the NS and no one ever recommended any medication except for neurontin.
There are some very knowledgable people on this board and I would love to hear comments about what you think it means for my diagnosis that I have had such a positive response to steroids. Has anyone else tried prednisone?
Thanks in advance.