I had two relapses this year - one affecting the right leg and one affecting the left leg (although I had convinced myself that the left leg was due to overcompensating for the right).
I had steroids for the right leg as I could barely walk on it and was reduced to walking like a granny and it was painful. The stiffness eased off within the week thanks to the steroids but I was still walking slower than usual and my distance was reduced greatly. I was just beginning to feel improved after three months when the left leg started to play up.
My GP offered me more steroids but I refused because I wasn’t convinced it was another a relapse as it didn’t seem as severe as the right leg. The neuro confirmed he was right though (I should have known that as many of the symptoms were the same). However, even without the steroids I still recovered in the same time scale - three months.
Having said that, I can walk short distances fairly normally but then the pain and stiffness kick in and I get slower and slower. On a good day I can walk a mile before I have to get my stick out so that’s nothing like the distance I could walk a year ago but I’m still working on that. I’ve come this far by doing basic yoga stretches at home as the physio waiting list was so long I wasn’t prepared to wait!
Basically, my short answer is that it doesn’t seem to matter if you have the steroids or not. For a quick boost when things are really bad, they give you that but the cost is the awful side effects. In the long term they don’t really make a difference. I think that is the general advice I’ve received before about steroids anyway and now I’ve proven it to myself. I’ve only ever had them when my mobility is affected so I think it just confirmed to me that, between me and the medics, we have been making the right decisions.
Good luck whatever you decide. It comes down to personal choice in the end.