Welcome to posting. I haven't had any IV steroids but I do think Batpere asked some great questions. And, after seeing those, a question I would also ask: do you happen to be on an interferon?
I myself was shocked to learn last week that interferons can worsen spasticity. I happened across that tidbit reading some general Cleveland Clinic articles on MS. They make it sound like it’s well known information that interferons increase spasticity but it was certainly news to me. Anyway, here are the links that have only a bit more info about spasticity and MS and interferons and MS. First,
MS: Treating Symptoms and Other Issues
Spasticity is a central feature of MS. Treatments range from simple stretching exercises for mild spasticity to intrathecal baclofen for severe, refractory spasticity.
Now, the punch line. MS: Advances in Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating the Underlying Disease
All interferon preparations can worsen spasticity, depression, and headaches.
I’ve only found a little info with any data.Enhanced Spasticity in PPMS Pts Treated with Interferon Beta 1b
Spasticity is a disabling symptom of MS that is enhanced during interferon beta-lb (IFNbeta-1b) treatment.
Thirteen of the 19 patients treated with IFNbeta-1b had increased spasticity requiring increased antispasticity drug administration.
That seems like quite a few to me. I mean about 2/3rds of the individuals needed to increase their antispasticity med because of the interferon and not the MS?
This next one doesn’t quantify it except to say:MS Side Effects of Interferon Beta
Relatively frequent side effects include ……………….increased spasticity.
All of this to say, if you’re on an interferon, you might want to check with your neuro to see if he thinks that might be what’s causing your stiffness. No doubt it would be hard (if not impossible) to sort out.
On the plus side, I definitely think it might be worthwhile to pursue physical therapy.
Good luck no matter what you do.