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Medrol pack will that be effective if nerve is irritated???

L5S1 karmaLL5S1 karma Posts: 30
edited 01/06/2016 - 2:01 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I did my L5S1 revision 3 weeks ago and have still problems sitting down and numbness on foot the pain on the butt is not shooting but more like if i sit on hard surfaces specially i can feel the nerve pulling. Did a second mri where was still showing inflammation on the nerve and surgery area eith no reherniation.
Will Medrol pack do the trick Stopping the disconfort when sitting? If there is nothing anymore contributing for the inflammation of the nerve will it be safe to say that medrol effects will not be temporary? I understand i am stuck for a wile with the numbness on my foot, but this stretchy feeling on my butt, mostly when i put weight on my upper leg is what is bumming me now... Thanks a lot.


  • I'm not a doctor, but my understanding of steroids (medrol) is that they reduce inflammation. Inflammation can cause a lot of pain, so yes, it could help. Obviously, your doctor thinks it might. ;-)

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    the predisone, steroid is designed to reduce inflammation.

    It all depends on the medical condition and how much is provided. It can be a very effective non-aggressive treatment
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 901
    Was your surgery a discectomy or a fusion?? If it was a fusion I think you are supposed to stay away from anti-inflammatories. I've read serveral post here on this forum about that and my doctor also cautioned me about it after my fusion surgery. I found Oxycodone was pretty effective in reducing the nerve pain after my surgery.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • I did an mri post op end of dec showing nerve irritation. Other than that doc said everything was fine. Now, as things are not improving as expected, he is coming back saying that after further looking at the mri, he can see something still there, could be fluid build up, blood clot, fragment missing. He just doesnt know and wants to do an exploratory surgery this Friday. Wants to open soon before scar tissue starts building up. I dont know anymore.. How he could have missed this when he first saw the mri...
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