This concern has been posted awhile back, but wanted to reintroduce it. I had a solumedrol treatment about 4 weeks ago. About 2 weeks later i got chills and my hands started to itch uncontrollably followed later by hives in random places (no pattern to where they were) but mainly arms, stomach, and scalp.
Called my neurologist, heard back from his nurse who said there was no way it was related to solumedrol. Because my walking had gotten worse and had chills, the neuro said get checked for a UTI (that's a whole other conversation). Went to GP, tested negative. She also said didn't think it was related to solumedrol. Hives continue (now I'm self medicating with Benedryl which works as long as I continue to take it). At this point, I've been battling hives for about a week. Next stop, my dermatologist. Behold, she says it could absolutely be related to solumedrol and gave me Rx strrength antihistamine for night and OTC antihistamine for day (got to stay awake at work). She also said, and this is the part I don't like, if this approach doesn't work, she may have to put me on oral prednisone and back the steroids out of my system. So, now I'm 4 weeks out from the solumedrol treatment, still battling hives, but will continue to take the antihistamine and go back on steroids AS A LAST RESORT! Will see my neuro next week for follow-up but will definitely make a fuss. Bottom line, trust your instincts (I have no known allergies and rarely had hives in my 56 years on earth). So now, it will be a cold day in hell before I get a solumedrol treatment again (and I've had many before, but never followed by hives..just misery). So what does one do when you have a setback and need a steroid treatment. What are your alternatives? And...why do these neuro's keep saying "it couldn't be the solumedrol? Thank you...I've vented now!