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Old 02-12-2005, 01:34 PM   #1
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Steroids for back pain

I have been taking steroids for my back that I hurt two weeks ago and the steroids have done wonders. I could not walk on Monday and now today I can walk all over my house. I did find out I have a Disc protrusion Mild to Moderate. I am now done with the steroids and am wondering what experiences others have had with them. I hope I don't regress at all and that I keep getting better from this point on. Any experiences would be great. Both positive and negative.

 
Old 02-12-2005, 07:40 PM   #2
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Re: Steroids for back pain

I was talking about methylprednisolone that my doctor prescribed for me. Is taking a 6 day dose effective enough to keep my major inflamation from coming back in my back? I feel so much better this weekend. I could hardly walk last weekend. Anyone out there know or have experience with this?

 
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Old 02-13-2005, 05:56 AM   #3
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Re: Steroids for back pain

I've taken that a couple of times, and quite honestly it didn't work for me. All it did was make me starving- I didn't notice any change in my back/leg pain.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 09:57 AM   #4
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It all depends on what is causing the inflammation. If it is structural, then no, the steroids won't cure the problem, only ease the inflammation. Think of a stuctural problem like a splinter in your finger. As long as the splinter is in your finger, it will be inflammed. But once it comes out, it heals. If the inflammation was caused, by say, a pulled ligament or muscle, then the steroids will do wonders. But, it the cause is structural, then, the same structure that caused the inflammation is still there and the inflammation will come back. It is a toss up and more tests and time will tell.

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Old 02-13-2005, 10:15 AM   #5
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Re: Steroids for back pain

[QUOTE=Kari7171]I have been taking steroids for my back that I hurt two weeks ago and the steroids have done wonders. I could not walk on Monday and now today I can walk all over my house. I did find out I have a Disc protrusion Mild to Moderate. I am now done with the steroids and am wondering what experiences others have had with them. I hope I don't regress at all and that I keep getting better from this point on. Any experiences would be great. Both positive and negative.[/QUOTE]


I would guess that the steroids will wear off, and the pain will probably come back. I've had steroid shots for my back pain (which is caused by a leaky disc), and they worked great for six months, but then the pain came back full force. If you're taking pills, then I would think the pain relief won't last as long.
But I hope I'm wrong. If the steroids help the inflammation, it will buy time pain-wise to see if the body will heal it on its own. I would think they might start trying things like physical therapy with you to strengthen your core. If that doesn't work, they'll start looking at other options.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 10:34 AM   #6
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I am the same way-all depends on WHAT caused the inflammation. Only once did they help and that was after surgery-post surgery inflammation. So, in that case great and it didn't come back. But, before, I couldn't tell a darn thing about them working. I hope yours stays gone (pain)! I think I remember though that long term use isn't good (oral steroids)-I'd have to look that one up though, but keep that in mind if the pain returns.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 03:05 PM   #7
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Can someone describe the pain that they have from a disc protrusion or disc bulging? They say I have that and it is touching a nerve. I had pain down my leg but that is gone. It has been two days since I have taken the steroid medicine and I am still getting better each day. I am the type of person that can't sit still for more then 15 minutes though. As soon as I could get out of bed I was walking all around my house. I did not do any house work or lift any thing and was very careful not to do anything to hurt myself but it seems the more I walk the better I feel. If they put me on a treadmill when I get to physical therapy I will just laugh. I just bought a treadmill and was planning on using it to strengthen my back before I hurt it. Now I really need it I think. Maybe I can go to therapy a couple times and get to know a bunch of different things to do for my back and then just do it at home. I was already doing some things before I hurt myself.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 03:16 PM   #8
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Oh and you guys want to hear the really stupid part. I hurt my back carrying the treadmill into my house with my husband and my step daughter. They are both fine but I did not fair so well. I hope I am past the accute stage and should just keep getting better from now on. I am pretty sure that is what will happen. I talked to the Pharmacist today and she said my inflammation should not come back unless I lift something heavy. I won't be lifting anything heavy ever again as long as I live after this stupid episode. I did hurt my back about 15 years ago and end up in bed for about a week and had some pain problems for months after but as soon as I started walking on a treadmill all the pain went away.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 03:47 PM   #9
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it is hard for me to describe how my disc bulges felt. muscle pain, nerve pain, fatigue-I don't think there is a text book "pain" for a disc bulge. We all react to pain differently too. Many people have bulges and don't even know it for example. If I am right, the treadmill is more of a warm up for your body-it does help strengthen a little, but not enough-you'll be doing more important things at therapy than the treadmill. I have been to pt four times and each time I am given the choice of treadmill, recumbant bike, or stationary bike to warm up on-then I start the real PT. Best of luck to you and hope you continue to stay pain free.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 03:57 PM   #10
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Re: Steroids for back pain

[QUOTE=Kari7171]Oh and you guys want to hear the really stupid part. I hurt my back carrying the treadmill into my house with my husband and my step daughter. They are both fine but I did not fair so well. [/QUOTE]


One of my doctors said she's seen patients who have thrown their back out just by sneezing. Others have just stood up ``wrong'' and hurt it. You just never know - but now that I have back problems (My car was rear-ended at 5 miles an hour - go figure) I am a lot more aware about my motion and how I lift things.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 04:16 PM   #11
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heidi is right-see I lifted and did a lot of bending and doing that for six years and seven years of cheerleading before that sure didn't help.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 05:26 PM   #12
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I just wanted to mention that the kind of back pain I am talking about that I hope doesn't come back is the kind that kept me in bed. I could not roll to the right even without my back spasming so bad I would scream. I mean the extremely torturous acute pain. I could not get from my bed Monday to even go to the bathroom the pain was so bad. I know I will have some pain to work through here in the future but it's nothing compared to those back spasms that made me fall of the toilet screaming in pain. That was with my husband helping me walk to the bathroom because I could not walk there myself. That kind of pain is terrifying. I was in that kind of pain Monday. I would think that acute pain would be over and I might even still get some bad pains but should still be able to function to a reasonable level.

 
Old 02-13-2005, 08:21 PM   #13
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I dearly hope that does not come back-I have never had it that bad and I don't know what I would do if I did. I wish I knew what to tell ya about it but i really don't know. I wish you well though and hope you do keep it at bay!

 
Old 02-13-2005, 09:11 PM   #14
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Thankyou. I hope so too. I am pretty sure I am through the worst of it. I must have ripped my muscles pretty bad too to get those kind of back spasms. I did read though that back spasms are related to disc protrusion and that once the back spasms are under control that it takes pressure off of the nerve. I read that online though so it's hard to know what is really acurate. It's really weird though because I was having back spasms and then was starting to get better and then on a Sunday woke up and the leg on the other side I could hardly walk on it hurt so bad. I did not have that other leg get bad until a week after my initial injury. I will be seeing my doctor tomorrow and maybe she can shed some light on it for me since she has my MRI results. I will also be going to a spine specialist place so they will probably have even more information for me. Thankyou to everyone for the responses.

 
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