Prednisone vs Steroid Injection

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Hi Everyone,

I have sciatica and my doctor has given me an option to either take prednisone orally (50mg/day for 4 days) or I can get an injection.

Does anyone here have any experience as to which one is the better option?



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    Hi Matty, I've been a long term sufferer of sciatica and slipped disc syndrome, I've never been offered the medication you speak of but I've had the steroid injections and they have helped but the effects don't last long and I'm going back for another lot of injections soon, obviously tablets are never a long term solution I'm currently taking dihydracodeine and I'm now dependant on them which is no good!! So I would go ahead and get the injections done to see if this helps you. hope you get some relief.

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      Cortisone injections rot (cause Necrosis) your bones & lowers the production of the Sinovial fluid (Lubricates your joints and discs) , only done as a last resort and then control how often you do it as it can end up being really disastrous. I'd choose the injection (or infiltration?) and see how long you get relief, IF it lasts quite a long time I was told you can get them done as much as four times a year. No more. I have the same thing & I'm taking Codeine and others with little success. Good luck.

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    i have suffered with this nightmare for a few years im waiting for another appointment to see my surgeon ,

    i had the injection 3 months ago it did nothing for me although it has helped other people,

    as for the tablets there great they worked but the only problem is once i was of them the pain came back severe again ,i begged the doctor last month and he put me on them again for a week as i was exhaus ted with lack of sleep due to pain , and again they eased the pain , but its the back problem that needs fixing ,so i actually had more success with tablets ,

    good luck x

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