IV Steroids a Multiple Sclerosis Treatment - a Home Infusion Experience

Steroids, called Solu-Medrol, are delivered through an intravenous solution, to treat Multiple Sclerosis attacks, The treatment can be unsettling to say the least and down right petrifying to say the most. The first time experience is easily recalled to mind, whether it be for the sometimes comical aspects of the ordeal or for the more serious side effects of the treatment. Most PWMS (people with MS) have their first experience as a result of ON (Optic Neuritis). Others, like myself, had ON when it wasn't so commonly known as a symptom of possible MS, so my first experience with Solu-Medrol was as the result of a different type of MS attack.

I well remember the one and only time I had ON I couldn't see more than an arm's length or so in front of me. I was extremely bothered by sun light and my vision was very blurred. My doctor sent me to an ophthalmologist, but he couldn't find anything wrong during my eye examine, so he concluded I might have an eye infection and sent me home with some eye drops. When I eventually got better, I naturally contributed it to the medication and was glad the infection was gone. It wasn't until 10 or so years later that I learned it was Optic Neuritis and it cleared up on its own. The eye drops didn't accomplish anything, as there was never an infection.

Steroids like Solu-Medrol can be used to hasten the recovery, not only for ON but other MS flare-ups as well. However, there are those who refuse to use such mega dose treatments of steroids, stating the studies that show a "flare" will usually and eventually go away on its own, given enough time. Therefore, if a PWMS hates the side-effects of steroids, or just can't tolerate them, they play the waiting came and allow the flare to go away of its own accord.

What is Solu-Medrol? Medically speaking, Solu-Medrol is the brand name for Methylprednisolene Sodium Succinate.It is a corticosteroid hormone used to reduce inflammation of the central nervous system and to quite an overactive autoimmune response. It is also used for countless other medical conditions, a list too long to mention in this article. In MS, It can be quite successful in decreasing the length of a flare-up and restoring a function MS has temporary taken away.

The dosage requirements varies depending on the severity of the attack. Your neurologist may order just a one-day pulsewhich means you will receive one gram of solu which equals one IV bag. This type of pulse is usually prescribed monthly. It is infused through a vein usually in your hand and can take as little as 45 minutes to as long as 2 hours depending on the drip speed.

I must confess, that I manually altered my drip speed to 45 minutes, it is not the setting used by medical professionals, but I chose it so that the contents would drip into my system much more quickly. I was only able to do this because I had home infusions, I didn't receive the drip in my doctor's office.

The next type of infusion is the 3-5 day pulse. The neurologist makes the determination according to how severe the attack is. Of course if your attack is very severe you can easily be prescribed a 7 or 8 day pulse or longer. The doctor gives you his recommendation, based on your neurological exam. On average though, people with relapsing/remitting MS receive a 3-5 day cycle.

A single dose = 1 gram. That doesn't sound too bad does it? But consider it like this, 1 gram equals 1,000 milligrams Any way you slice it, that's a lot of steroids pulsing through your body. Each day or cycle is 1,000 milligrams, meaning during an average 3-day pulse you get to receive 3,000 milligrams of corticosteroid hormones. And lets not forget that after the main entrée is consumed, you top it off with a dessert cart of an oral prednisone taper.

The body can't just quit steroids cold turkey. The steroids take the place of your endocrine system, putting your functions to sleep. They aren't needed because the steroids are controlling all the harmonal activity. That of course means your own endocrine system has to gradually wake up once the massive amounts of IV steroids are completed. Which is where the taper comes into play. The day after your pulse treatment is concluded you begin taking the pills. If you are on a 6 day taper, for example, days 1-3 you might take 2 pills, day 4-6 you might take 1 pill. I've personally done pulses with no taper at all, and I've done steroids with a taper of varying amounts and varying number of days. It just depends on what your neurologist feels is best. Although I will add that most neurologist always give some sort of taper nowadays. The body's own systems are slowly awakened and try to kick themselves back in gear. It's hard work as the steroids really make the systems idle almost to the point of inactivity.

The body's effort to recharge itself brings us to the dreaded CRASH! It's hard to generalize what the IV treatment and crash is like so I'll just try to describe my experience:

My fear of needles always makes even setting up the IV a stressful event. I opted for home infusion, which meant a nurse was sent out to my house and she put in the IV line and got my first bag going, then I did the rest. For me the pulses varied from just a one-day pulse, to a 3-day pulse.

Usually the night before the nurse arrived, the solu-medrol was delivered to me by a carrier emplyed by the home nursing provider. I refrigerated the contents and make sure it was at room temperature in time for the nurses arrival. The provider set up a day and time that my nurse and I agreed too.

Upon the nurses arrival, we went to work finding a vein that would cooperate. I always made sure to drink plenty of water to open up the veins and even lifted light weights to aid in finding a plump suitable vein. Needless to say I never watched the line actually being put in. I always looked away, took deep calming breathes and waited to hear those lovely words, "Ok, it's in!" Once the line is in place and taped, (I had it put in my left hand since I am right-handed.) The solu is placed on an IV pole raised to the correct height, set so that it drips at the predetermined speed and then my nurse filled out the paper work, made sure everything was infusing smoothly and that I remembered the procedure to follow after each infusion was over, (calls for Heparin and saline) and then she was on her way.

I guess about 10-15 minutes in, I developed a metallic taste, that stayed the duration of the IV and for much of the day after the IV is finished. Mints and lemon helped with that side effect. Not too long after the infusion, once in a while even during the infusion, I felt the symptom that was bothering me start to ease up. For example, if I was having trouble swallowing, I noticed almost instant improvement when I ate or drank something. That's not to say that all attacks go away that quickly, when I had trouble walking, it took some time after the infusion and taper were over before I felt significant improvement in my legs. It was a more gradual type of improvement, not a quick fix as was the case with my choking problem.

The one thing I can say I noticed right away was the feeling of hypernessthat hit me. Some feel anxious at this point, but that was never one of my side effects. Feeling VERY hyped almost manic certainly was, as my husband and anyone who tried to hold a normal conversation with me can testify too. I asked and answered a question almost simultaneously. No one could get a word in because I was my own conversationalist. I really could have just talked to myself and answered myself, there would have been no discernable difference. At a certain point you notice your talking WAAY to fast and WAAY to much, but you can't control it. The only time you and your loved ones get any relief is when THEY left me to my own hyper self. My mom would just let me ramble and when I took a breathe she would make a short reply like, "uh hum" or "hmmm" My sister would be trying hard not to laugh as I would dash from one topic to another, barely giving her any time to respond. Or when I asked her, "Am I talking too fast? Am I? I feel like I am? Am I?" She would laughingly reply, "yeah, a little." My poor husband got NO relief. I talked from the time he walked in the door until the time he left the next morning. Didn't matter if it was midnight or 1:00 am, I was always ready to pick up where I left off.

You can see the other side effect of all those steroids is insomnia. How can you be expected to sleep with all those hormones in you? It's impossible. I was directed to take one and a half of my normal sleeping pill, just to get maybe 4 hours worth of sleep. For those who do not take sleeping aids, they are just up the majority of the time they are using the steroids. It is exhausting and can intensify for some once the crash from lack of steroids hits. You can count on having at least 6 days of problems after you complete the steroid treatment.

Solu-medrol and the taper are also rough on the stomach lining. Zantac is now prescribed right along with the steroids.

Long time use of steroids often raises rasies blood sugar levels, you must have your bone density tested to make sure there is no bone loss and it raises your blood pressure as well. Weak teeth can be affected, which was surprising news to me.

There was a time when I took solu-medrol for a year straight!I did one-day monthly pulses. It worked great for me especially with my cognitive issues. I had no flare-ups during that time and thought I would just continue it as my chosen course of treatment. Then I found out the horrible news of the dangers of long time use. As a result of steroids I developed a weight problem (another side effect) which pushed me over the acceptable level of blood sugar, meaning I am now a diabetic although it is being controlled by medication. I also have high blood pressure (also controlled by meds) and high cholesterol (controlled) Needless to say I can only hope I can continue on as I've been for the last two years, steroid-free. As much good as it did, the harmfulness of steroids seems just as bad.

If there is one good thing about having relapsing/remitting MS for 15/16 years, it is that it usually stabilizes enough that big ugly flares rarely occur, especially if you take care of yourself and know your body and how it best handles MS.

Yea or No to steroids? That's a question every MSer must answer for themselves. I say yes because even with the side effects, the crash and withdrawal, steroids have always helped me through a nasty attack. I like knowing there is something out there I can take that will actually quiet my immune system down so that it quits attacking me. Even with all the problems I have developed as the result of the help I received from the steroids, I would still go back to them if I had to. That's just how bad the MS attacks are. My hat goes off to those who can endure an attack and let it go away on its own. I can also follow that track when my problems or attacks stay within certain limits, but when I can't swallow comfortably or walk even around my own home, I go running to my neurologist for help, and will continue to do so until they tell me "No more steroids for you!" (smile)

Tips from link include usings herbs with caution. Protecting your IV line. Avoiding infections and avoiding vaccinations.

Salty foods should also be avoided as it causes dehydration.

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Will 21 months ago

Hi. Thank you for the post.

I have checked on http://pharmroids.com/ for Solu-Medrol steroid, but they don't have it in stock.

Where can I buy it?

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John Brinkman 2 years ago

Hi Jen, one comment on the speed of the Solumedrol drip, I have just been in for a top up and the nurse told me that it should not run faster than 100ml and hour i.e. a 200ml dose = 2 hour infusion otherwise it can damage the veins, cause headaches and black spots if it goes to fast, the Pantoprozole drip can run faster without any issues

Dione 2 years ago

Thank you for this :) I am just sitting in hospital and have just finished my third dose :) I am new to this and just wanna walk out of here. Thanks for great info and prewarning about the crash. That nobody told me. But I feel a bit more prepared now :)

james 2 years ago

great topic re arranged by you thanks for providing us such a great option for using steroids well i purchase steroids at http://www.king-pain-killers.com

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Jen's Solitude 4 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Rita, thanks for sharing your views about home infusions. It has been quite awhile since I have had to have an infusion, and I would have really dreaded it if I had to go to an infusion center. I am currently not driving much because of some eye problems and I can't imagine trying to do so with solu-medrol in my system.

Rita Ricard 4 years ago

I thought it was interesting to read about home infusions which for me makes a lot of sense. I live alone and an RN comes in. The cognitive is really bad, much confusion, and of course would prefer not leaving my home while I feel like this. But the side effects scare me.

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Jen's Solitude 4 years ago from Delaware Author

anne power, I am glad your cycle is finished but so sorry to read you are in so much leg pain. I haven't experienced that as a side effect but can imagine how uncomfortable it must be. I hope you are feeling better soon and that the pain subsides in the next day or two. Hang in there!

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Jen's Solitude 4 years ago from Delaware Author

meca, I do hope the Cytoxin is a helpful treatment for you. I have read of others who have benefited from it. I am amazed at all the immune system problems you are currently enduring. You surely have a lot on your plate and I totally understand how all of it jumbled together can easily make you feel twice your age. Keep looking for something that helps. And please be sure to post and let me know how your treatment is going. Feel free to e-mail me as well. Sometimes we just need to "talk" to others who can understand and empathize, you know?

You are in my thoughts!


meca 4 years ago

I have had ms for 14yr . I developed hypothyroid diesase, diabetes, kidney disease, reflex sypothetic dystrophy, optic nuritis and most resent rhumatoid arthritis. They said all are auto immune disease. I have taken prednisone pills for 13 months i call it the ugly pill it makes you fat, get acne and your hair thins and falls out. I am 42 and feel 92 , i am about to start chemo therapy Cytoxan just to slow the ms down. Between the pain, spasams, insomnia, urine incontanance i am tired. I tell you one thing i am not one that did drugs or drink but i have used pot for this illness and it helped so much. I slept great, i had little to no spasams for more then 10 hours and pain was tolerable. very surprised that it helped so much. Dont get me wrong i am blessed in so many ways but i used to be independent and now im dependent and a little lost. I will keep everyone posted on the chemo treatments. Take care God Bless

Kathy 5 years ago

Since Nov. 2010 I have been on iv steroids (1,000 mg)

sometimes as much as 5 days a week. By end of August I am still doing 2 1,000 mg per week, every two weeks. Can anyone even imagine the pain in my joints and almost every inch of my body? I had a severe attack in Nov. and am doing incredibly well, except for the pain I can no longer get a grip on.

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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi 2413life! It is a pleasure to meet you. I am sorry to read that your dear daughter has MS though. It is good to know that my personal experiences are helpful so thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. :)

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2413life 5 years ago from Still figuring that out......

Thank you so much for your very informative piece! My 22 YO daughter has MS and I try to research everything to do with it, but find usually it is those who too have the disease that are the most wise. You had a quite a bit of info regarding Solu-Medrol which is a necessary evil at times, and I loved the explanation about how it works. God knows we have had plenty of it pulse throughout our daughter's veins with her relapses. Best wishes to you Jen and thanks again for your great info!

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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Hang in there Cherie! Five days of solu-medrol is very tough. I have only had to do 3-day cycles. I hope your ON improves as a result of the steroids.


Cherie 5 years ago

Well this sucks! Tomorrow will be day 5 if IV and I have chest tightness. I'm 29 and have optic neuritis. Yay me!

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

I found the hub very very interesting.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi sheryl, thank you so much for sharing such a compassionate post. I do hope your dear daughter-in-law will find herself getting stronger and feeling better in the very near future. Everyone's MS is so different, we often have to wait and see what happens. I know how difficult that is for the ones who love and care about us. It is good to know loved ones are fighting and hoping right along with us, so keep up the good supportive work you are doing. :-)

sheryl henderson 6 years ago

I do not have MS...But I do have a daughter in law with MS who is getting IV steroids..She has almost died from a heart attack once and now she just finished her 3rd day for the second time..She is a very strong young woman. I am reading about all of you on this site and my heart goes out to you all..I see my daughter in law suffer with pain..I hope one day there is a cure.. God Bless You all

rebecawatson 6 years ago

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SportBoy 6 years ago

Very Interesting article ,, thank you so much !

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Yes they can cause all of those problems. Potassium rich foods helps. Check out this page of my blog, The All Steroid Club for a list. http://sites.google.com/site/theallsteroidsclub/ho...

The page is entitled, Potassium Battles Steroid Crash.

Frances 6 years ago

Does the 3 day steroid teatment cause, swelling, stiffness and weight gain? What foods are recommended for those to take while receiving treatment.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

My neurologist wrote a prescription for my Solu-Medrol treatment.

orde teroids 6 years ago

Thank you Jen for this research. At present Solu-Medrol steroid is not in stock at http://www.roidsmall.net/ . Where I can order it?

Steroids uk 6 years ago

diseases like MS really scare me, i am amazed at how suffers are able to cope.

lynn smith 6 years ago

i am just wondering if anyone out there experienced breast tenderness and swelling after iv steroid treatment.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Yes Brenda, Here are the two sites I use

braintalk: http://braintalkcommunities.org/forums/forumdispla...

National MS Society Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nationalmssociety?v=app_23...

Both sites provides loads of information.

brenda gayle 6 years ago

I was diagnosed as having ms on 8/26/10 related to abnormal spinal tap. I had a lesion on my neck....I had the iv steroid treatment..started on elavil to see if burning and neck pain will get better. I am to redo mri of neck in oct. This is my question....do the iv steroids shrink the lesion/remove the lesion? It had been diagnosed as rsd before they found the lesion. Before I had the iv steroids, I could not do physical therapy because it made the pain worse. It is my understanding that physical therapy for ms does not make the pain worse.....is that correct?...is there a doctor or site you can go to and ask questions?....thanks so much!....brenda gayle

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Never heard of MS lesions in the mouth Brenda. Of course cold sores are not unusual for people with MS. I even have problems that originate due to swallowing problems, which comes from the MS. What is going on with your mouth, if I may ask?

brenda 6 years ago

I have a question. Can you get ms lesions in your mouth?

Get real 6 years ago

Get real will you! Stop the drama and just do it and get it over with.; Please, it gives us quality of live and what's wrong with that!

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Tammy, welcome to the club, sorry you had to join though. )-:

It is not unusual for multiple attacks to occur, especially when you are newly diagnosed. Thinking back to when I was diagnosed, the frequency of my attacks was what put a stamp and seal on my diagnosis. The doctors look to see if you have multiple attacks that affect different parts of your body. Dizziness was my main problem, but then I would suddenly develop hand and leg weaknesses. It was disconcerting, but did finally begin to settle down by the end of the first year.

Hope my experience was helpful. Many have experienced similar types of attacks, so don't worry that it necessarily means any thing out of the ordinary, as far as MS goes.

If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line. It is very nice to meet you, Tammy. Hang in there!

Tammy 6 years ago

Hi there, I just started my first day of steroid treament and I finished a treatment back at the end of June. I was just wondering if anyone has ever had treatments so close together like this. I really am just learning and I feel nervous about another 6 day treatment so soon....

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Mary Anne, what a nice surprise to return from a long weekend away to read this reply from you. It is a pleasure to meet you, thanks so much for introducing yourself. I am glad you successfully endured the ups and downs of solu medrol. Cytoxan is foreign to my personal experience, but a friend who also posts here was on it. I hope you have read her profile in the MS group.

Let me know how you do with Beta.

You are right, you gotta do what ya gotta do! :-)

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Mary Anne Nagy 6 years ago from Connecticut

I just stumbled on your posts and am enjoying the ones I've already read very much. I'll probably read them all by this afternoon! I just got out of hospital after a 6 day IVSM push (don't go to hospital in beginning of July - all new interns are starting and the nurses are busy chasing them around to make sure they don't kill anyone). In caring for me, they messed up the paperwork, so I ended up with 6 days instead of 5; the last day included an infusion of Cytoxan, a regime my doc had me doing monthly (1 gram IVSM, followed by the chemo) to slow down progression. My blood sugars were all over the place this time and giving my family legacy of diabetes and heart disease, I was afraid this time would push me over the edge. I don't think so, however. My neuro is a fan of a cold-turkey crash instead of prolonging the agony with a slower detox. Can't speak to the slower detox since I've never done it, but as bad as that day after the last IVSM infusion is, I was kind of glad to get all the really nasty stuff over with in one day (although I was glad to be in a hospital when it happened) because the depression was almost impossible to describe.

Along with other med changes my MS neuro suggested after this last relapse, I am switching from Copaxone to Betaseron to help with the cognitive issues. Sad to let the Copaxone go because I was one of the fortunate ones who had no problems with it and never wanted to deal with the interferons. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I just posted a link to your "10 Things Not to Say to An MSer" on my Facebook page. Keep writing all the good articles.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Mary,

Congrats on making it through your first infusion! I am sorry to read about your leg pain, but not surprised. No I have never felt your type of pain, and it could be the result of your recent flare, perhaps some nerve damage was done.

Hopefully it will gradually ease up as you heal from the exacerbation, but if it gets to hard to deal with, they have pills your neuro can recommend.

Of course, I am hoping you will not have to add any meds and that the pain will subside on its own.

You might want to increase your potassium, as it gets drained out of our systems from the steroids. Bananas and coconut water are good potassium supplements. I have some hubs on coconut water, BTW.

Let me know how you are fairing. Take it easy!

Mary 6 years ago

Great article... I finished my Solu-Medrol infusion Sunday... This was my first and all of the side affects that were listed in the article were right on it! After the steroids my legs felt so heavy with a tingly/ numbness feeling that left it very hard for me to walk... This lasted for two days and now its easing but the muscle pain is out of this world like I have been exercising non stop for months and I haven't! I'm in need of a massage! Did you ever experience this?

pumpingirononline 6 years ago

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your page and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your page posts.Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon ok thanks for sharing the views with me.

Brenda 6 years ago

Hang tight, Jen! For by His stripes we are healed....Isaih 53:5.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi brenda, sorry for the delay in replying. One of my symptoms is a poor memory! ;-) I have been experiencing the sensation of crawling bugs on my right leg for a few weeks now. It is quite annoying because I keep slapping at insects that are not there.

It can easily take 10 plus years to get a diagnosis of MS. I hope your neuro is thorough and will be able to supply the answers you are seeking.

You are truly going through a lot of suffering, I hope you get a break soon. Until that time, keep hanging in there. You are obviously a fighter and very good at it, may I add!

brenda 6 years ago

Jen, did you ever have a crawling feeling? I had a fractured neck that was not diagnosed or treated. They found a lesion on my neck between the fracture. It happened last Oct. and I have been in terrible pain. A doctor in Florida diagnosed it as rsd...he didn't do any x-rays, etc. An md at cleveland clinic diagnosed it as ms because I have white plaque on my brain. But, I have known about the white plaque since 86, and I tested negative for ms then. So, I am waiting to see a neurologist in Ky. where I live to try to get treatment. So, glad I believe in God. He is the only one that will stand by you! What type of symptoms do you have?.....brenda

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Brenda physical therapy was successful in my case. I was not suffering from spasms however.

brenda 6 years ago

I have tried to have physical therapy, and I go into spams, become sore and my pain radiates, crawls. Has anyone with a lesion every had PT. Is that common?...brenda

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

I have only ever heard of 1000 mg for IV use. Your neurologist will be able to put your mind at ease about solu-medrol, it is a standard treatment for those who work with MS patients. If possible, I would recommend you find a neurologist who specializes in MS. Drop me an e-mail any time Brenda.

brenda 6 years ago

Jen, thanks for the reply. Is 1000 mg solu-medrol the most common doseage used? I have a lesion on my spinal cord near the C7.....pain, pain, pain. I was advised to see a neurologist and have steroid treatment. I am just trying to find the correct protocol to treat the lesion.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Brenda solu-medrol is the 3-or 5-day course of treatment given through an IV. Of course it is not the only treatment that involves steroids. Prednisone pills can be prescribed for an exacerbation, for example. And it is good to note that one can receive an infusion for longer than 3 or 5 days, depending on the severity of the MS attack.

brenda 6 years ago

I have a question....is solu-medrol used instead of just IV steriuds? Someone please e-mail me.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thank you Daron!

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Daron Murray 6 years ago from USA

informative article.

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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks for the link 2Tony!

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2Tony 7 years ago from Manchester U.K.

Hi Jen's

My Brother-in-Law has Multiple Sclerosis this is a campaign to have The CCSVI procedure carried out in England.

So please can you send this out to as many people as possible, you have to live in the UK to sign the petition but the video should be seen by all MS suffers.


There’s a UK Government petition to have the procedure carried out in England and the a video that explains the procedure

Please don’t think this is in any way a money spinning Lens or links; any money generated by squidoos text and banana links goes to charity.

Just trying to get the message out there.

I hope this is some help to you.

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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Thank you Jamie, I appreciate your knowledge as someone newly diagnosed, since you bring all the latest research with you.

Just noticed your name is Jamie, not JIM, sorry about the mistake! :D

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jmebish 7 years ago from Crest Hill, Illinois

I was just recently diagnosed with MS and trying to learn as much as I can, thanks to bloggers like yourself I have already learned quite a bit. Thank you for this information. Keep up the good work!



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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi o.z. I just checked out your blog and I loved it. I hope you will include some or your subjects here on hubpages. Even when our experiences are similar we can just link to each other's hub, since MS is never identically the same for any two people.

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OceanZealot 7 years ago from Florida

Great article. I know that when I have my Solu-medrol therapies I gnaw through a pack of gum within the first hour. My jaw normally starts to hurt right about the time I can get to sleep...which is normally 2 days later. The gum also helps to take that horrible taste out of the mouth.

I have a blog about my MS journeys, according to hubpages it was a little too personal so I removed the information. http://oceanzealot.blogspot.com I would love for you to let me know what you think being a fellow MSer. LOL.

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