• Van Hamilton Van Hamilton
    December 26, 2013
    Is prednisone effective in treating sciatica? what are the side effects of prednisone?
    Van Hamilton Van Hamilton
    December 26, 2013
    I have had CLL for 26 years....not currently being treated,but my white blood count is high...27.5. I had heart valve replacement surgery 3 1/2 years ago....no complications. I am currently on a tapered course (40/40 30/30 20/20 10/10of prednisone as treatment for sciatica pain.I completed the 40/40 stage today. I was badly constipated for 2 days, and I still have abdominal cramps. ...What should I do? READ MORE


  • Cort
    Health Guide
    January 07, 2014
    Health Guide
    January 07, 2014

    A study found that prednisone was helpful in relieving sciatica. People who were on prednisone needed fewer epidural injections to relieve pain, but the study called the improvement "subtle but statistically significantly; that is, the improvement was helpful but not all that strong. 


    Prednisone can cause alot of side effects. It doesn't mean that it will cause them in you, but the potential is there. Short-term courses of prednisone are less likely to cause them. Here are the more common ones 


    • Aggression
    • agitation
    • anxiety
    • blurred vision
    • decrease in the amount of urine
    • dizziness
    • fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    • headache
    • irritability
    • mental depression
    • mood changes
    • nervousness
    • noisy, rattling breathing
    • numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
    • pounding in the ears
    • shortness of breath
    • swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
    • trouble thinking, speaking, or walking
    • troubled breathing at rest
    • weight gain







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