NHE wrote:I've had steroid treatment twice. The first time was during my initial MS diagnosis. It cleared up my optic neuritis within a few days of beginning IV treatment. The IV sessions were followed by an oral prednisone taper. It was during this time that I experienced what could probably be defined as a panic attack. I was on the phone with someone and literally had to cover my mouth to keep it from going as fast as my brain was going. The second steroid treatment was administered to me a year or so later after I had developed some new symptoms. However, there was a delay of about a month in getting the IV steroids for some reason. I'm not sure they were needed by then. I got an opportunistic bacterial infection when my immune system was suppressed and then had to go on antibiotics. I really felt like a ping pong ball with respect to my immune system. I wasn't given the prednisone taper after the second round of IV steroids and I didn't have the panic problems that I experienced after the first treatment. The antibiotics cleared up my infection but gave me stomach problems which were helped by eating yogurt. Things leveled out after that and I haven't had steroid treatment for about 4 or 5 years now.
Note that I still have yet to have an additional prednisone treatment since the second one described above.