I'm in pain all day and can barely do anything. I heard from a friend it's almost like taking speed which would help with not being able to do anything but I don't want to speed speed... if that makes sense I just need a little energy. Has any one taken this med and experienced a little energy?
yes, you'll feel better with energy, but it isn't like the speedy feeling you get when doing an amphetamine.
I took a Methylprednisolone pack for a week and it didnt make me energetic but it did help with pain in my hands, hips and knees. If your pain is due to inflammation, it should help the pain and with the pain being gone, you may feel more energetic but it wont feel like a stimulant.
The sleeplessness and "speedy" feeling that some people experience when taking corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone is a side effect of the medication, and not everyone who takes it will experience these side effects. I'm currently on daily prednisone, and have been on IV prednisone, hydrocortisone, and methylprednisolone, and not once did I ever experience any sleeplessness or "speedy" feeling from it. However, if you're in pain all day and can barely do anything due to the pain, the pain is due (or at least partly due) to inflammation, and the corticosteroid alleviates some or most of the pain, it's likely that you'll experience an increase in energy just from pain relief itself, as chronic moderate to severe pain is VERY exhausting, both physically and emotionally.
I suspect that this is why there are some people like myself who don't experience the typical drowsiness side effect from opiate pain relievers and have the opposite effect on us, as it alleviates some of the pain-induced exhaustion when relieving some of our pain. I've noticed that anti-inflammatories can have this effect as well, of both classes, if it relieves enough pain.
Yes that is the side effect.
The Medrol dosepak is pretty amazing. I was prescribed it about 2 years ago after shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff. Within a couple of hours I was feeling absolutely zero pain and had alot of extra energy. It was pretty wonderful to be optimistic about my recovery while on it. I had no trouble sleeping. I remember the pharmacist telling me not to start the regimen in the evening before bed or I would not sleep. I began it the following morning and stuck to the instructions. I had a beautiful pain free day. Took all of the medication as instructed all week. No pain. Slept fine. Alot of energy. By then my surgical pain was receding. It is a wonder drug if used properly. I hope that helps.
- Methylprednisolone Information for Consumers
- Methylprednisolone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methylprednisolone (detailed)
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