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How long does it take for prednisone to relieve my lower back pain?

How long does it take for prednisone to relieve my lower back pain?

It's pretty fast: Usually within the 1st day or two if its strong enough. Some pain will not respond to prednisone. If it doesn't, talk to your doc about what the next step is. You may need more advanced testing to determine a cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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Lower back pain and my doc pres. naproxen 500 mg 2 x along with prednisone..and pain not going..can i take ibobrufen 400 3x instead neproxin

Lower back pain and my doc pres. naproxen 500 mg 2 x along with prednisone..and pain not going..can i take ibobrufen 400 3x instead neproxin

Okay: Hello and thanks for using HealthTap. Yes it is okay to use ibupofen as you have indicated instead of the naproxen, just don't use them together. Be aware that the combination prednisone and another anti-inflammatory drug is very hard on your stomach. Consider taking an OTC prilosec once a day for stomach protection while you are on this combination. ...Read more

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Mid to lower back pain after getting jumped on. A round of prednisone helped but after it was done pain returned. What could be the cause?

Mid to lower back pain after getting jumped on. A round of prednisone helped but after it was done pain returned.  What could be the cause?

Depends on who jump-: -ed. Have 2 take a lot in determining the force,velocity,weigh & from what height. A child or adult. May B just a muscle strain still. Steroid make everything better. If no leg pain or no severe, try NSAIDS if able. If it interferes with quality of life,you should see your PCP & go from there.if you have done that see an orthopedic surgeon or a spine surgeon 4eval. A hands on exam & imaging. ...Read more

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Very bad low back pain and sciatica. is okay to take short course of oral prednisone if my A1c is 6.8 ?

Very bad low back pain and sciatica. is okay to take short course of oral prednisone if my A1c is 6.8 ?

No: Studies show no to low benefit for lower back pain with oral steroids. You need rest low back school and a pain management referral. Naproxen 500 twice a day and flexeril 10 mg three times a day prn are preferable. You need a full exam to rule out cauda equina, weakness and other surgical indications. Risk also > benefits with diabetes. ...Read more

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Prescribed Prednisone for low back pain/muscle spasms 6 day dose 60mg 2 days 40mg 2 days 20mg 2 days. Is this drug safe to take? nervous to take it!

Prescribed Prednisone for low back pain/muscle spasms 6 day dose 60mg 2 days 40mg 2 days 20mg 2 days. Is this drug safe to take? nervous to take it!

Pretty Safe.: In the sense that it may reduce the pain in your back, it is safe. Occasionally, it has an irritating effect on the stomach. so make sure you can take it. ...Read more

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First day of a 5day prednisone pk. Having low back pain. Had this last time i took pred; is it cause for major concern or fairly harmless side effect?

First day of a 5day prednisone pk. Having low back pain. Had this last time i took pred; is it cause for major concern or fairly harmless side effect?

Appropriate treatmen: All medication which work may have undesirable side effects. The question which your doctor answers before prescribing is the risk/gain ratio. In your case what can be gained is higher then the risk which is why it it was prescribed. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?

How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?

Physical Dependence: Is not addiction and is a normal consequence of chronic opiate use. Addiction is marked by compulsive and uncontrolled use with preoccupation and adverse consequences. A withdrawal syndrome with discontinuation does not imply addiction. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Non-opiates like muscle relaxants and snri's can help reduce your reliance on opiates to a limited extent. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and have been dealing with lower back pain for quite some time now. Long car rides or shopping at the mall is all it takes for it to start hurting. There is a squishy kind of lump on my spine and the left side is firm. Any idea on what this may be

I'm 19 and have been dealing with lower back pain for quite some time now. Long car rides or shopping at the mall is all it takes for it to start hurting. There is a squishy kind of lump on my spine and the left side is firm. Any idea on what this may be

Could be serious: Chronic low back pain in a teenager is always a concern. This could be due to a congenital defect in the spine or inflammation of the spinal soft tissue. A good history and examination along with some simple blood test and x-ray exam should be able to establish diagnosis and plan treatment. You should see your pcp, rheumatologist or sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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What can you do to relieve long term lower back pain?

Depends on cause: There are many causes of chronic low back pain so treatment varies. You will need to have a proper evaluation of your back to see what treatment options are available for you. ...Read more

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28 yo. Chronic left lower back pain. Stretching etc isn't enough. I don't like to take meds like aleve (naproxen) everyday....I'm only 28...should I? Long term?

28 yo. Chronic left lower back pain. Stretching etc isn't enough. I don't like to take meds like aleve (naproxen) everyday....I'm only 28...should I? Long term?

Uncover causation: Prior to attempting to self treat a chronic issue, it is far better to see a physician and find out why you are experiencing such symptoms. Then, appropriate therapy will allow remission. But, if you need to explore this further on this site, suggest a Concierge appt. ...Read more

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I am suffering from facetal arthropathy. Lower back pain since 7 weeks, How long will it take to come to normal.

Muscle pain?: Most back pains are benign. You are probably too young for facet disease; find out if it's just a muscle pain. Second most common in your age group is nerve root irritation due to trauma (with or without disk problem). ...Read more

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Hi, I have strong lower back pain but I am also waiting for my period. Shall I take voltaren (diclofenac) or nurofen to relief the pain?

Voltaren (diclofenac): Good anti-inflammatory and mild analgesic. An antihistamine, like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help control premenstrual pain. Rule out renal problems and other female problems. At this point, if you usually have a painful menses wait, otherwise see your PCP soon. ...Read more

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I take pradaxa. Will a steroid shot to relieve back pain interact? The pradaxa is for an irregular heart beat. The lower back pain was caused when i lifted something too heavy.

I take pradaxa.  Will a steroid shot to relieve back pain interact? The pradaxa is for an irregular heart beat.  The lower back pain was caused when i lifted something too heavy.

Caution: Any blood thinner and what i assume is an epidural steroid injection you are referring to is a serious matter. Pradaxa is a relatively new drug and not everybody knows about it like Coumadin (warfarin) or heparin. The timing of stopping and restarting this medication with respect to a spinal injection is very important. Bleeding into the spinal space could cause permanent injury if done wrong. ...Read more

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What do you suggest to relieve my lower back pain?

What do you suggest to relieve my lower back pain?

Low back pain: Work on strengthening your core muscles (low back and abdomen) through a low impact routine. Stretching is very important and can include traction, knees to chest, pelvic tilts, etc. A medicine ball is a good tool. These exercises can be guided by a therapist or chiropractor with other modalities as well. More aggressive options include cortisone injections. See your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could relieve my lower back pain?

Can you tell me how I could relieve my lower back pain?

OTC Medication: Trial a combination of Tylenol (acetaminophen) 500 mg four times a day and Naproxen as directed. If you've had it for some time, find a doctor who does 'trigger point injections' and sacroiliac ligament injections. If not improved with those, an MRI might be ordered to see if there is disk disease. Spinal manipulation by an Osteopath (DO) can help and they can also perform the injections and refer for MRI. ...Read more

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What are some non-pharmacological therapies that I can use to relieve my lower back pain?

Therapy: There is good evidence that acupuncture, exercise therapy, Behavioral therapy, spinal manipulation and Viniyoga (a type of yoga) are beneficial in chronic back pain. Be certain you see a physician to rule out possible serious causes of back pain (aka red flags). ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more