I’m not sure if the word ‘curse’ of treatment was a typo. It’s a very good way of describing high dose Prednisolone anyway.
The big problem with steroids is that they are unreliable. Sometimes they seem to work a miracle. On other occasions they don’t work at all. Still other times, they work, but very, very slowly. So slowly that you can’t see any improvements until months later. But they are still working quietly.
And added to this is the fact that you might have progressive MS or not be in the inflammatory phase of relapsing remitting MS anyway, so the steroids might not work regardless.
High dose steroids have a tendency to make you feel hyper while taking them, so have trouble sleeping, grind your teeth a lot, have a vile taste in your mouth and feel a bit, I suppose ‘antsy’. Plus they can upset your stomach, give you heartburn or oesophagitis. So if you’ve not been given anything like Omeprazole to help with potential gastric problems, you might find something like Gaviscon helps a lot (especially the liquid version). They also can make you feel crappy for a few days afterwards. I’ve likened it to a feeling of being kicked all over, so the muscles feel bruised.
But they can work. The idea is that they damp down inflammation, so if your symptoms are being caused by current inflammatory activity, then they could be immediate or take a few weeks to work, but might make some difference. (Because they damp down the immune system, they are a bad idea if you have a cold or flu, or a UTI.)
However, if your symptoms are not caused by current inflammation, then they probably won’t work, but once you get past the side effects, you’ll not have lost anything either by trying them.
The bad side effects associated with steroids (ie heightened risk of osteoporosis in later life) are not generally a problem for a short high dose course. But that is the reason why in general the advice is to only have a maximum of 3 courses of them per year.
Hopefully, they’ll do the job and give you some remission from symptoms. Don’t be too downcast if the effects take weeks or even months, to work, or don’t help at all. It doesn’t mean that you definitely have progressive MS, you could still be relapsing remitting, but the inflammatory phase of the relapse is finished and you’ll just have to live through the remission phase.
Best of luck.