Ask A Doctor - Cervical radiculopathy,DDD,nerve root ,sciatica And i have lupus and arthritis.just get off of 60mg a day of steroids for 2weeks now on 40mg still in pain why.. - DesiMD Healthcare Services


lupus - Asked by C A on 07-Sep-2014 20:20:16

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    Answered by Dr. Dasari Navya Teja on 08-Sep-2014 09:52:25


    It takes around 6weeks to 3months for the symptoms to improve with medical management. Avoid excessive use of the part, physiotherapy might be helpful.

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  • Answered by Dr. on 08-Sep-2014 11:24:52


    You have cervical radiculopathy with disc degenerative disease causing nerve root sciatica. You have arthritis and diagnosed with systemic lupus erythmatosis (SLE). You had a 2 weeks of steroids 60mg and now stat dosage at 40 mg. You still have pain (?sciatica) and want to know reason.  Arthritis is caused by SLE. It also causes chronic degenerative inflammatory polyradicular neuropathy which might be causing the cervical radiculopathy. However, degenerative disk condition might have been caused by steroids being used by you. Therefore you might be suffering from an iatrogenic condition (disease caused by treatment) rather than a disease condition. You need to further clarify this from your physician.

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