I was seriously petrified to start a 3 day course of iv steroids when I had read so much on line about all of the possible side effects. I think most of these seem to be the worst when you are taking them orally and for a longer period of time though. I did not have insomnia, I was still exhausted from being in a relapse. I did not eat everything in sight, due to painful indigestion (did have that one). I did not experience euphoria (would have been a nice change though) and I did not find myself grinding my teeth or being generally sketched out. Overall, a nagging headache, heartburn and the discomfort of an iv outlet in my forearm for a few days. Not really worth complaining about.
Also, I feel soooooo much better! Okay, I'm not 100%, but I wasn't looking for a miracle. I'm still numb in my leg and tingly in one arm, I'm still super tired. I no longer feel though like walking 2 steps is just too much. I don't feel like my whole entire body is off. I'm not dropping everything I pick up and I'm not holding onto the wall to get up the stairs....this, is improvement. I have gone through all of my past relapses at whatever pace my body wanted to get through it at. My last one was a terrible, drawn out, no good, crappy time.
At this point, all I'm thinking is God bless my neuro for suggesting this. I will not hesitate to do a short course of steroids in the future when a relapse again rears her ugly head. I will not tell myself I need to just suck it up, I will not ride it out because there is no need to put myself or my body through that any longer than necessary.
No, these are not for everyone. Yes, I do believe that many people have had a terrible time on them. For me though, I am absolutely relieved that not all relapses need to be a long lasting hell. I am actually going to the grocery store now to buy some real food for my family that I will find the energy to cook. Sorry kids, no more pizza, McDonald's or Chinese this week.