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User Reviews for Prednisone to treat Inflammatory Conditions

Also known as: Rayos

Prednisone has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 111 ratings for the treatment of Inflammatory Conditions. 68% of those users who reviewed Prednisone reported a positive effect, while 22% reported a negative effect.

Prednisone Rating Summary

7.4/10 average rating

111 ratings from 118 user reviews.

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Reviews for Prednisone

crazy FROG · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 17, 2021

“I took 30mg for 7 months because of an unidentified inflammatory vision disorder. I was only 15 years old, still in school, taking up to 22 pills a day and with preexisting mental illness. I wasn’t warned about the psychological effects. Originally on 40mg, it was too intense so I begged to go down to 30mg. I felt like I was losing my mind along side the intense physical effects. I wasn’t prepared for either, my rheumatologist lowered my dosage too much and too fast the first time and acted like I was delusional which didn’t help. I almost got kidney failure at 10mg. I ended up with one blind eye, trauma, no self esteem, and heart problems.”

1 / 10
vonwoomer · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 23, 2021

“Have been on prednisone almost 3 years. To me it is a miracle drug for the many conditions (knee osteoarthritis, allergic bronchitis (COVID) breathing problems), possible adrenal gland insufficiency, prostate enlargement, intestinal bowel syndrome), I have had. I have had to go to an out of country pharmacy as most doctors will not use in long term. I have experimented on dosage, frequency, etc. Have tapered off several times just to have my quality life lessen and pain recurring. Currently on 20 mg a day as this dosage is 'ideal' for my conditions. I am fully aware of the side effects, dangers, weight gain, sleeplessness, bone density reduced, etal, adrenal gland atrophy, but life is a risk and I would rather has a quality of life better than just surviving.”

8 / 10
Northerngrams · Taken for less than 1 month December 19, 2020

“I'm starting my 5th day of 10 day 60mg prednisone for Herniated disc's lower back. Dosage is 20mg 3x day. So far it hasn't seemed to help with pain. I'm going to call pharmacy and see if I can take the last 5 days of med differently.”

3 / 10

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39with back of a 90 year old · Taken for less than 1 month July 24, 2019

“For the last 6 years I have had issues with my back going out to the point I could not walk. Protocol was get a script of flexeril and sleep for three days still hunched over in pain. This time at the local orthopedic urgent care the Dr asked had I ever had a steroid in conjunction with flexeril. I said no. Took it immediately, next morning 80% better did some stretches, the following day no pain I could walk straight and I am now at day 3 pain free. This NEVER happens when my back goes out.. it is usually a week long struggle. Miracle drug.”

10 / 10
Ms Loretta · Taken for less than 1 month March 11, 2017

“I suffered with sciatic nerve pain for two weeks. It hurt to sit or lay down. The doctor ordered muscle relaxers, which made me very drowsy and I slept 14 hours at a time. I was starting to consider surgery when my primary doctor became unavailable, his replacement immediately ordered Prednisone. By the end of the first day, the pain started to subside. By the end of the third day, it was completely gone. I continued to take the meds as prescribed until finished. I would recommend this product to anyone. My blood pressure was elevated, due to the pain, and I believe Prednisone saved my life.”

10 / 10
It CAN be ok, really. · Taken for less than 1 month December 26, 2014

“I'd heard terrible things about prednisone and elected to not take it when it was prescribed last year for a running injury. I injured my back last week and could not move without shooting pain. I was prescribed 60mg of prednisone for 5 days as well as a muscle relaxer and hydrocodone. I was very apprehensive because I'm prone to anxiety attacks and had heard that prednisone can make you anxious. I was in enough pain I was willing to try anything and in the five days I took the prednisone I had zero side effects. None. I wasn't hungry all of the time, or emotional, or anxious. And, I felt great after two days and stopped taking the muscle relaxers and pain medication.”

10 / 10
Slifer February 22, 2019

“Have a herniated disc. Took me over 30 minutes to get out of bed two days in a row. Was in tremendous amount of pain. Within 12 hours of taking Predinsone I noticed a huge difference in my pain threshold. It went from 9 (scale 1 to 10) to 4 the first day. Now day 4, I’m at a 1.”

10 / 10

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Working man · Taken for less than 1 month August 3, 2014

“Prednisone really surprised me as a miracle for severe pain. Previously I only knew about opiate painkillers. Reason: I suddenly couldn't walk or stand on one foot - severe throbbing pain. Hastily diagnosed as plantar fascitiis, but I didn't respond to the NSAID prescribed. Went to get a second opinion, as I'm convinced I've got a fracture. Anyhow, after *stressing* how severe my pain was, the second doctor gave me prednisone, oral tablets. My god, it's a miracle. I can walk again. And I feel like a million bucks to boot (euphoric side-effect?). I can still feel the pain slightly, but somehow the prednisone has got me to where I don't mind walking on it. I never knew that prednisone was a miracle severe pain-killer, but I know it now.”

10 / 10
Kanne · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 12, 2016

“I have terrible leg pain/neuropathy as I am pre-diabetic. I discovered accidentally that a low dose of prednisone erased the pain completely and gave my ability to walk back. My Dr was concerned about the long term side effects- 5 mg a day - so wanted me to try Celebrex instead. What a disaster. Terrible stomach and back pain . My inflammation and severe pain came back with a vegeance. Back on prednisone . For all the naysayers- this drug gave me my life back. I am dedicated to losing weight so the pre-diabetes issue goes away- and I can get off of Prednizone. This drug gave me my life back. Sounds like the high dosage given to patients on this site caused major unpleasant side effects - my low dosage did not result in any negative effects.”

10 / 10
Rob_L'ster · Taken for less than 1 month May 21, 2017

“Suffering from severe lower back pain for more than a month I finally went to the doctor convinced I would be told there was nothing to be done but to soldier through it. Instead I was prescribed a week-long course of prednisone. Results started within hours. I was almost pain-free the next day. By day three other ailments I had just been living with, such as stiff knees and shoulder pain, were also gone. It's a wonder drug. But for the long term side effects I'd stay on it indefinitely if I could.”

10 / 10
Darelmac · Taken for less than 1 month June 26, 2016

“Low back pain radiating down legs and shoulder pain. I have been in severe pain since injuring my back in 2007. I worked in construction and have injured my lower back several times. MRI revealed bulging disc from L1 to L5 and shoulder pain is from years of heavy work. I have been going to pain clinics since 2008 and although I take pain medication it does little to relieve the pain. My PCP prescribed Prednisone tablets for 20 days along with a shot to start with. Within three days my pain had decreased and within a week I was almost pain free. For the first time in years I spent a week without pain medicine. I took the last of the prednisone last week and the pain in my lower back and shoulder returned yesterday and by this morning I am using a walker again.”

10 / 10
Angebattles February 10, 2017

“I could barely walk and bending was impossible. I started with prednisone 40 mg. for 4 days then tapered off. In 2 days I felt like a new person!! All pain gone. Personally I'd take it everyday if not for the possible side effects. I call it a miracle drug.”

10 / 10
IvyBean · Taken for less than 1 month February 26, 2016

“I've been dealing with nagging neck and shoulder pain for almost 2 months now. Stemming from a hard fall on ice, resulting in a severe concussion, back sprain, and whiplash. Last week when I was trying to stretch my neck to relieve the nagging ache. Pulling my head to the right I heard a loud pop and a sudden release. And then, oh boy, not 30 seconds later, extreme pain. Unbearable pain. Referring down my arm to my middle fingers. Having had four herniated lumbar discs and two surgeries as a result, I immediately thought I'd herniated or torn a disc. As the painkillers, muscle relaxants, and physio did not help. My doctor put me on a 5 day steroid taper. I was skeptic. But it started working within 24 hours. This is literally saving my life.”

10 / 10
Michigan Melissa · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 28, 2019

“I have been a long time suffer of pain I have always taken very good care of my body as I enjoy life but working on the farm thirty some odd years ago it was "a walk it off attitude" and "I've got to finish out the day..." so I kind of adapted that attitude well with time. Chiropractors and years later neck surgery. Now lower back is giving me bad pain. I've been to pain clinic's for years. I have found this The best thing for pain is prednisone - its great for inflammation, it also has many other beneficial effects. Look it up on the web. ”

10 / 10
Cherylockholmes · Taken for less than 1 month December 12, 2015

“I sprained my lumbar spine ligaments on Tuesday night. Was barely able to walk, even after 2.5 days of taking prescribed muscle relaxer (Flexeril), Tramadol for pain, and Naproxen for inflammation. The pain got so unbearable today that I went back to Urgent Care and begged for something else. I was given a pack of prednisone. Took 2 pills immediately, then one after it is only 4 hours later and I am already up and moving around! This medication is incredible for this condition. I only wish I had known about it all the other times I sprained by back and suffered for 1-2 weeks in agony!”

10 / 10
Philndawn August 21, 2016

“My girlfriend just finished prednisone for hand inflammation. Today she woke to severe body aches. Tears in her eyes. We tried benedryl but little help. I gave her coconut water we got from Whole Foods last week. She had immediate relief. Not sure if it was the water. She is still having the pains in her joints, especially knees, and muscles. Then pain is worse after she stands. So many posts here about the problem. I hope this post offers someone else a chance at a possible solution. The coconut water has 30o mg of potassium. It also has calcium, sodium,and magnesium.”

Michael be Aryeh · Taken for less than 1 month February 12, 2014

“Had terrible pain from a pinched nerve in my neck. For five day I was in agony. They gave me prednisone in the morning after I went to see my doctor and literally by five in the afternoon 80% of the debilitating pain was gone. It was really a miracle.”

10 / 10
OldCowgirl · Taken for less than 1 month October 16, 2015

“I have stenosis of the spine at the L4, which has caused pain, leg weakness and other problems. In addition I developed what seemed to be bursitis of the right hip. I took 12 days of Prenisone recently, starting with 4 days of 2 tablets, 4 of 1 tablet, and 4 of 1/2 tablet; the results astonished me. During the first few days I felt like I was 60 years younger! This was my fist experience with the drug, and I am well aware of its dangers. But it did mostly eliminate my pain, even now, a couple of weeks after ending my course of treatment. I'd say I am 90% better after doing this round of Prednisone.”

10 / 10
Tired of Suffering · Taken for less than 1 month June 14, 2015

“FINALLY. This is my sixth year of dealing with excruciating herniated disc pain - L4/L5 and just this past month my cervical vertebrae (neck) had inflammation so severe I lost all feeling in my right arm. The pain has been almost unbearable. For the first time ever, I feel that my doctor has addressed the underlying cause, rather than just symptom management!! I am almost afraid to get excited, because it feels almost too good to be true. I even jogged today. The only side effect I've experienced is a bit of weird moodiness thankfully recognized and controllable, and nothing compared to the near nervous-breakdowns I was having because of the pain. Fingers crossed that this time, I can get off the pain meds and get my life back.”

10 / 10
Latinlady January 24, 2016

“I recently had a shoulder replacement left shoulder and the pain was radiating to my left side because I was using my right side more than my left I was giving muscle relaxers, taken aleve,etc.. and nothing worked. I started taking Prednison in just one day my pain and discomfort is gone thank goodness I had a pack that I didn't use and began reading about Prednisone that it helps with Inflammation took it and I'm feeling great and back to myself.. I know it's not good to take but it work for me ...”

10 / 10
Anonymous May 21, 2012

“I went to the doctor for really bad lower back pain and the doc said it was a pinched nerve. I was given hydrocodone, cyclobenzaprine and prednisone 10mg. The Hydrocodone is good but the prednisone is awesome. It works fast and has really helped the inflammation in my lower back.”

10 / 10
Regretful February 13, 2016

“My mother has been on prednisone for almost four years for polumyalgia/rheumatica. We found out recently that the reason she was in such horrible back pain and could hardly walk was the extended use of prednisone. The MRI showed she had actual cracks in her spine. We are still in shock. This cannot be reversed. Even though people feel fine and really on top of the world the end result is devastating. So now we are dealing with even more pain not even associated with Polymyalgia. She will never recover from this. Everyone is different, but please look at the cons of the medicine before taking. Beware!”

8 / 10
mzm · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 9, 2018

“Chronic severe radiculitis neck and left shoulder. Two rotator cuff surgeries, right shoulder tendon snapped in half bicep muscle dropped. Constant pain in shoulder, severe muscle spasms left side back an also rib area back and front. Had a severe, adverse reaction to voltaren, unable to take NSAIDs. I can only take flexeril when I go to bed a tnight. I work from home 50 - 60 hrs week. Do take vitamins extra. Calcium. Etc Prednisone only thing that helps when with the severe pain I have chronically. When using as maintenance I take 3 days on and then 3 days off at a dose of 10 mg. When I have excruciating spasms I take 10 mg 2x day”

10 / 10
Cicic · Taken for less than 1 month August 27, 2015

“After years of being in pain and having test after test to see why I was exhausted, my doctor placed me on a short course of this. I LOVED IT! 48 hours into it, my pain went from unbearable to really almost unnoticeable. I had never been on it. The absence of constant, debilitating pain in my life was like a miracle. I have been off it now for a few days and the pain is returning. I had no side effects other than a slight increase in appetite. I made sure to take it on time and with food. I was afraid of this drug but prefer it any day over narcotic pain killers which only mask and make me drowsy and sluggish.”

10 / 10
JMJ777 August 10, 2015

“I have suffered for many years with muscle pain from autoimmune conditions. Lately,it seems I have developed polymyalgia rheumatica which meant that my arms , legs and gluteal muscles were incredibly painful. I Couldn't move in bed or walk properly.On 30 mgs of prednisolone for 3 days and then reducing the dose gradually each day. I am at last free of is marvellous to feel normal again after so long. I am aware of all the side effects but will take as little as possible to relieve the inflammation in my muscles and tendons. One has to be very respectful of this drug but used correctly it has at least given me some respite. I am a 58 year olds female.”

10 / 10
emt26 · Taken for less than 1 month December 21, 2014

“Had a terrible hacking uncontrollable at times embarrassing cough for 8 weeks was put on 4 different scripts, finally after none of them worked, I was put on prednisone. I took my first dose around noon today, it's now 8pm and the cough is gone. I also have Plantar Fasciatis I'm sitting here amazed that the heel pain is totally gone and I'm able to walk pain free. I know it's benefits will be short lived with the heel pain but at this point I'll take any relief I can get.”

10 / 10
Chrissie55 February 25, 2017

“I had experienced sore wrists, neck ache and groin pain on and off for 6 months, then overnight I became almost totally disabled. Neck pain so bad it hurt to turn my head, shoulder pain I couldn't lift my arms, wrist pain and couldn't take the top of the jam and groin pain I could hardly walk. Inflammatory markers initially normal and rheumatologist didn't even mention PMR. It was only after speaking to an Osteopath who suggested it could be Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). I requested another blood test and my inflammatory markers were raised significantly. My dr. agreed we should try Prednisone After just a few days on 15mg/day, the acute pain had gone and I was able to at least dress myself.”

10 / 10
mommosan · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 9, 2015

“I've had polimyalgia rheumatica for almost two years. I was misdiagnosed for a month with 'fibro'myalgia, and prescribed medications, but nothing helped this excruciating pain. I did my own research on the Internet for my symptoms and what came up was polimyalgia. I gave my research results to my doctor, who tested and found I was positive for the malady. I started with 60 mg x 3 days, and the next morning, I was PAIN FREE. I continued on 60 mg for 2 more days, then 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10, each for a week or two. At 5 mg, I felt pain again. So I was put on a maintenance dose (some people continue to have residual pain). So I'm still happy and pain free. Prednisone is definitely one of the wonder drugs, following aspirin and penicillin.”

10 / 10

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