Husband has GPA (Wegener's) which is just about going into remission with 3rd session of Rituximab on 30 Dec. Prednisilone is now down to 7mg per day. All good news but........since July he has been suffering from what we believe is Sciatica. Knee Xray & MRI of back show no squashed nerve. His pain extends from lower back thro to thigh, knee, lower leg &ankle. Painkillers atm are 4 x 1000mg Paracetamol, 4 x 15mg Codeine & 6 x 100mg Pregabalin. It's not touching the pain!!! & he's feeling like a zombie so he's going to come off them.
The GP is now sending him to an Orthopaedic dept., pain clinic & hip X-Ray.
Questions. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
The pain is stopping him from walking and totally stopping him from performing everyday tasks. It's much more debilitating than his Vasculitis has ever been.
Could the reduction of steroids have unmasked a problem? The treatment for sciatica is often steroids but his specialist thinks the problem is unconnected and doesn't want him to increase.
We still have a few options to investigate but your thoughts would be interesting.
Best wishes & Happy Christmas