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Steroids before an MRI?

My PT told me today that after an injury especially after spine surgery
Oral steroids ( medrol dose pak) is usually given for 6-10 days before having an MRI
To reduce the swelling so that the radiologist can get a CLEARER VIEW of the spinal structures
To give a MORE ACCURATE impression and diagnosis.

This makes sense to me!
Reduce the swelling to be able to see the discs, facets, pars etc....better

Anyone else heard about this?

I am 12 weeks lumbar lamenectomies and have injured myself.
Steroids were prescribed first, then if no imorovement or if worse an MRI will be ordered.




  • Every time I was put on the steroid pack it was to try and see if the pain is coming for the nerve being inflamed. The steroids are suppose to help reduce the swelling. If you continue to have pain and find that the steroids do not bring any relief then the MRI is used to see what is going on. But it depends on your doctor, they may have you take a higher dose of steroids for another 6 days. Some doctors are quick to order testing and some like to prescribe drugs and the "wait and see" method. (They must really like their drug company rep, or they get some great rewards. JK)

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