I have recently picked up a rotten case of bi-lateral sciatica, which coincided with a drop in my steroid dose and a mild increase in my inflammation markers. I have been severe pain down one leg to the calf, and stabbing pain in the other hip. Pins and needles and periodic numbness are intermittent down one leg, and my reflexes are "not quite right".
My consultant team have ordered a lumbar MRI as they are concerned that it's either a severe herniated disk causing Cauda Equina, or vasculitis rearing again and causing inflammation around the sacral nerve roots. I'm not suffering double incontinence (common with Cauda Equina) but I do have to hop to the loo much quicker and more frequently.
Does anyone have any experience of vasculitis effecting the spinal column/nerves or of Cauda Equina as a possible consequence of long frequency high dosage steroids?