This is a really good question!
I have a post written about this very topic as I just recently took oral Prednisone for the very first time for a bad exacerbation of my MS symptoms.
First of all...let me give you some information from Health Central about Prednisone.
And secondly let me tell you about my personal experience with using this drug. Everybody is going to react differently to the drugs but it was my experience that by the third day...I was feeling significantly better. I was taking 60 mg for four days and then 40 mg for four days and then finally 20 mg for four days. I would say by day five I experienced no MS symptoms whatsoever. So it definitely worked for me! But I imagine that it all depends upon the dosage and what sort of symptoms you are experiencing.
I hope this helps and perhaps others can chime in with their knowledge and experience.
Thank you for your question!
Welcome to Health Central. I see that Merely Me has given you a great lead on Prednisone and shared her recent experience. However, I'm gonna play the other side.
What are your symptoms, how severe are they, and how long have you had them? These are questions which could affect your response to Prednisone.
For my very first attack which later become MS was optic neuritis. The inflammation was causing my right eye to go completely gray. The neuro and I opted for oral Prednisone instead of Solumedrol. Even with high-doses of Prednisone, it took almost two months before my vision was back to normal.
I think that with minor symptoms steroids work more quickly, and with more severe symptoms Solumedrol is more commonly used. But just as Merely Me described, I've often seen improvements around day 3 or 4 of any round of steroids since that first optic neuritis attack.
I hope you feel much better soon!!
I went to the doctor last week because for about 1 1/2 days my feet and lower legs felt like I was wearing tight socks and loss of some feeling. She put me on oral prednisone and said to let her know if that does not work or symptoms get worse. They did. Now I have that feeling up to my hips and pins and needles in my feetand my joints are very stiff. I have been on the prednisone for 5 days now and I don't think it is getting better. But I know that if I call the doc she will want to put me on the solumedrol but we changed ins.so that is another $1500 deductible, after meeting $1000 in Feb. on old ins. I don't mind spending the money if it's the only way, but I just was hoping this would work and don't know how much longer to wait.
Thank you for the advise!
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