Are IV steroids ever used to treat minor symptoms? I have numbness and some pain in my lower legs. I still walk fine but the sensations are very uncomfortable. Would IV steroids help with this?
IV steroids are reserved primarily for clinically significant attacks that affect motor function (ie weakness, incoordination, and difficulty controlling bowel/bladder function). Sensory attacks many times can be managed without steroids; however, there are exceptions.
The sensory symptoms you are describing are less likely to reflect new inflammation (ie, a new attack of MS), but rather fluctuating symptoms as a result of older scarring to the nervous system. An evaluation by a neurologist (or speaking with a neurologist who knows your disease is best).
Symptomatic treatment is usually indicated (this is treatment other than steroids) for your current issues. You can read more at:
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente