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I was prescribed prednisone 60mg for 5 days without tapering as I have disc prolapse My question is it ok to abruptly stop prednisone after 5 days ?

I was prescribed prednisone 60mg for 5 days without tapering as I have disc prolapse 

My question is it ok to abruptly stop prednisone after 5 days ?

Yes since short dura: yes since it's a short duration. This depends whether you have other health problems, or taking prednisone before for long periods. I am not a fan of using prednisone for this type of neck pain. It would be best to see your physician, get a full of evaluation, and a clear diagnosis ...Read more

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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Began 6 day pack of Prednisone for herniated disc. Started feeling burning sensation in arm and tingling in face on day 2. Okay to keep taking?

Began 6 day pack of Prednisone for herniated disc. Started feeling burning sensation in arm and tingling in face on day 2. Okay to keep taking?

Tingling of face: The burning (or tingling) of the face are probably not related to prednisone (unless you have electrolyte imbalance such as low potassium: eat bananas and oranges which are rich in potassium). The burning sensations in the arm may be related to your herniated disc (if it is in the neck). you should notice improvement within few days. I would get in touch with the doctor and have her/him explain ...Read more

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I have surface numbness just above my rgt knee and middle toe on my lft foot. I've had disc issues in the past. take Zoloft, (sertraline) adderall and prednisone?

I have surface numbness just above my rgt knee and middle toe on my lft foot.  I've had disc issues in the past.  take Zoloft, (sertraline) adderall and prednisone?

Pinched nerve: Something is irritating a nerve, specifically a branch of the 5th or slum bar vertebra or first sacral vertebrae both, or the peroneal nerve, which wraps around the lateral upper joint in your knee. You need a good examination it could conceivably be coming from the pinched nerve in your back, providing its either at L5 or at s1. ...Read more

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What is a slipped disc due?

What is a slipped disc due?

'slipped disc': This means that the disc is outside of its normal anatomical position. This is due to disc damage and degeneration and nearly everyone will experience it at some point in their life. Usually happens due to abnormal bio mechanical strain because there is overuse or abnormal load applied to spine or due to lack of strength from supporting structures causing abnormal load sharing. ...Read more

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What to do for a slipped disc?

What to do for a slipped disc?

Slipped Disc: Six to 12 weeks of nonsurgical treatment including but not limited to physical therapy, epidural injections and medication is usually prescribed. If nonsurgical treatment does not provide pain relief after 6 to 12 weeks, it is reasonable to consider surgery. Surgery may be recommended prior to completing nonsurgical care if pain is severe and maintaining function difficult. ...Read more

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What are the tests for slipped disc?

What are the tests for slipped disc?

Imaging: Imaging tests are the usual investigation for slipped disc. There are no blood tests for this abnormality. ...Read more

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What is a slipped disc? How is it treated?

What is a slipped disc? How is it treated?

Most without surgery: A herniated ("ruptured") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. But it can take weeks to months. Other options include chiropractic or pain injections. In some cases, perhaps 10-15 percent, surgery is needed. Indications for surgery include severe weakness, numbness, or persistent pain, trouble walking, or failure of conservative management ...Read more

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What is a slipped disc like, and is it really slipped or crushed?

Herniated: The symptoms depend on how the disc has herniated and if there is impingement of any nerve roots. It does, in fact, herniate or "slip". It is not crushed. There are instances where the disc appears crushed on imaging studies but that is usually because of longstanding degenerative process (degenerative disc disease). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for slipped disc?

Restricted activity: If there is not loss of bowel/bladder/sexual function, progressive loss of motor or sensory function, or intractable leg pain the treatment is a period of restricted activity with or without medications followed by progressive return to activity. The return to activity may include physical therapy. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a slipped disc or just muscle spasms in your back?

What distinguishes a slipped disc or just muscle spasms in your back?

Spasms tender: Spams are tender to touch disc give referred leg pain you can't find with your fingers. Making physical exam most impt sensitive test for muscular back pain. ...Read more

Dr. Foead Geula
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Slipped Disc (Definition)

The disks are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). The disks of the spine are also referred to as intervertebral disks. Although they do not actually "slip, " a disk may move, split, or rupture. This can cause the disk cartilage and nearby tissue to fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disk to escape ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more