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Continued use of MethylPrednisolone

I had a flare up from PT which I quit and just went back to walking and swimming and VERY light stretches. The flareup was relieved with another prednisone dose pack. They make me feel better than anything else. Im going to switch to pain managment soon from the spine center. I want to do another "6 pack" but was wondering how people have faired with the use of the steroid. long term is not good for sure, but every couple of months i want to try another.



  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 09/05/2013 - 7:48 AM
    The use of steroids in treating sudden inflammation and flare ups in pain, amongst other conditions is beneficial as a short term treatment , but using steroids, over and over, can have disastrous effects on the bones, teeth, and endocrine system if taken too long, too often or at too high of a dose.
  • Your best bet is to let your new PM know what you've had recently so they don't give you too much. I end up with several dose packs along with facet joint injections each year. There is a threshold they will not cross regarding steroids.

    Even though they can work very well, it's not worth the long term issues if you take too many now.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • MSGMSG Posts: 296
    edited 03/07/2014 - 8:14 AM
    I have been on 10 mg of prednisone for 30 years for chronic hives, & I probably know more about this drug than anyone on this board. Prednisone is both a lifesaver & a death sentence if taken too long and/or not tapered off of properly. If you get a pack a couple of times of year for a bad flare up, you will likely not have permanent side effects. However, if you take it long term, it can have life altering side effects. I doubt any Dr would prescribe this long term for pain, & I bet if you ask them, they will tell you in the long run it is more dangerous than all the oxy stuff. The only reason I've been on it so long is that it is the only thing that controls my hives. I take a cocktail of other meds to try to help keep the dosage down, but they don't work without the prednisone. In 30 years, I've had 2 remissions where I was able to stop taking it. I can't describe the hell that was, & it takes months, if not years to come off of it if you are on it long term. You have to follow tapering instructions to the letter, or else. Like I said, you will be ok if you take it occasionally, but don't count on any Dr giving it to you permanently
    We can't always control the cards we are dealt in life, but we can control how we play the hand
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