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Denim
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   Posted 2/24/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
I have been to many threads on these boards and each time I have to say, everyone has been wonderful and this board is the first place I go (not to say I replace this for a doctor--no, I'm not saying that)--I come hear to hear from people who are going through similiar problems and can help.
 
Today, I come for my husband. He has had one problem after another, it is just heartbreaking when you feel helpless, if not for God in making him feel better.
 
He was given prednisone months ago and has been off of it for a short time. Does anyone know if his symptoms are related and if so, how long they will last?
 
He has had a terrible stomach problem (pain) and shortness of breath and general weakness. It was so bad, a few weeks ago I called 911. The gave him various tests, nothing showed but I am wondering if they missed something. The smallest exhertion wears him out and he's back on the couch. He has a doctor's appt. soon but thought just maybe someone was familiar with this drug. He feels it did a number to his stomach lining, causing acid build up. I have no idea. If anyone knows about prednisone I would really appreciate a reply. If it is that, how long does it take to correct itself--and I'm hoping that's what it will do and if he can take anything to help the lining.
 
I think I am going to ask the pharmacist. Often they know more than the doctors--but if anyone has any ideas, I would so much appreciate it.
 
Thanks a lot. Blessings to all.    
Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


sjkly
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   Posted 2/24/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
If he is having burning stomach pain the prednisone could have contributed to an ulcer. He should definetly see his doctor-he needs to have his cortisol levels checked-must be done early in the morning 8am is recommended. If he can take prilosec that will help with the acid build up-burning pain in the stomach plus could give info to the doc-if he takes prilosec and the pain lessens it helps with diagnosis.
Please don't wait to see a doctor and don't let them tell you this is nothing.

CaMama
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   Posted 2/24/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I recently had similar problems but not caused by prednisone, but a different RA med. I started getting sharp pains in my abdomen, wheezing, lightheadedness, weakness, high blood pressure, panic attacks, etc. With the exception of the high blood pressure, the rest were all caused by an acute case of GERD that the medication caused (the med also caused the high BP, but other than the high BP helping the panic attacks - the BP was not related to the GERD). In my case, the thing that finally clued me in to it possibly being GERD is that I started belching non-stop to the point I couldn't breathe.
 
So, you might want to have him checked out by a GI specialist.
 


Denim
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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:55 AM (GMT -7)   
It's super late, but I wanted to be sure to thank you. I want him to see a specialist also, although he had many tests ran in the hospital, they could have missed something. It is obvious something is wrong and I really wish there were more doctors like House in real life. He could insult me and it wouldn't matter if I got answers. My husband has tried prisolec. We are going to research more to see if we can find if prednisone can leave you with these symptoms. He's had cortisol levels taken also.
Thanks for your ideas and will give them more thought tomorrow. It has been that we have playing doctors more than the doctors themselves. I don't know about your experiences but doctors seem to be truely lacking diagnosing skills and we spend so much time researching. Thanks again and be well yourselves. 
Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


Kangaroo
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   Posted 2/25/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Denim
 
How long was your husband on prenosone and what dose was he on. Did he wean himself of the pregnosone.
Once you hit 10 mgs. a day, it is important that you lower the dose real slow, like 1 mg a week. Pregonsome is to be taken with food each time to soften the blow to the stomach. I have been taking pregnosone in varous doses now for 11 years. Pregnosone is generally well tolerated and works well, dispite all the -ve reports that are around.I had 3 ulcers before I started pregnosone, and they haven't got any worse but subsided. I take Losec daily to keep the ulcers at bay. Everyone is different and my experience is not the same as your husband. Even so, I don't think pregnosone is your problem. There may be an ulcer though.
 
I can't dismiss the thought that CaMama raised.You say your husband suffers abdominal pain, shortness of breath and weakness to the extent that it seems serious. Yet the tests from the doctors say they can find nothing wrong.
Could it be panic causing those symptoms? Does he also experience faintness, giddiness, heart pounding, visual problems, and a feeling of he can't cope as he use to? These are all symptoms of a panic attack. During the attack, the person feels as though they are dying. Fear is the trigger. Fear of the awlful feelings intensifies until they think they are about to die.This is a truly terrifying experience but thankfully not at all serious.
 
Understanding how anxiety is tricking the body is the key to recovery. I have suffered from panic attacks and wouldn't wish them on anyone.It took me a year before a doctor said "I think I know what it is". I went to many doctors who found nothing really wrong dispite my illness. I now suppose they suspected it was my mind driving the symptoms, and because it wasn't physical they saw nothing to fix. I had a hard time convincing myself I was mentally ill and all I had to do was welcome the bad feelings instead of running away from them in my mind to be cured.This took time.
 
I have written alot about panic attack because the symptoms are those of your husbands. Even though the symptoms are extensive, the cure obtainable if the right therapy is applied. Some people suffer for 10's of years, and when given direction are able to break out of its bonds.
 
I wish you all the best.
Let us know how you go.
DebbieLou


Denim
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   Posted 2/25/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Debbie Lou,

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and respond, I appreciate that. My husband was getting panic attacks--then they went away after he stopped taking the drug the hospital gave him initially. I feel like I'm caught in between a whirlwind of no answers. I am doing the best I can for ideas but I am not a doctor and the doctors javen't been helpful. He doesn't suffer what you mentioned and did have an ulcer years ago that was cured with cayenne pepper and aloe vera juice, he tells me.  I would think an ulcer would have showed on the testing they did at the hospital. I figured I'd come on here because often the people who experience similiar things can come up with good ideas. Thanks for your time and thoughts and will discuss further with him on this. I have a hard time accepting "I don't know" responses--which I am getting for my problems. It's so frustrating. Thanks again and have a good day.

 


Kangaroo
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   Posted 2/25/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Dear Denim
 
You mentioned they did  tests for ulcers. Was this an endoscopy? An endocopy is performed under a general or local anesthetic. A tube with a little camera goes down through the throat and allows the  doctor to see everything all the way down to the other side of the stomach. This is what I have done to confirm my ulcers. smurf
 
As to panic attacks, there is always a possibility they will raise their ugly head again when we are stressed or worried about our health.
 
Take care, Keep us informed :-)
DebbieLou


Denim
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   Posted 2/25/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi again, no I don't believe he had that test--which I have told him I thought it would be a good idea and mentioned the stress. I just pray that God directs him into a competent doctor's hand.

Thanks so much for your concern. I know stress can cause all sorts of problems and one can have recurring panic incidents taking on a different forms. Hopefully, he will get some answers and relief. Thanks again. Be well also.


Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


Kangaroo
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   Posted 2/25/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Denim

I hope your husband can get on top of this soon.

Doctors and tests are not the best way to spend your time.

Wouldn't it be nice to go out and have some quiet time together, a relaxing stroll around the block..................I find water very calming and yet invigorating. I went for a ferry ride yesterday just to breathe in  the wonderment of nature and to lay aside my troubles.  :-) God is all around us and knows our troubles. For this I am eternally grateful.


DebbieLou


Denim
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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Debbie Lou, I feel the same way. One of my most favorite things to do in life was just be outside, walk, whether it be nature walks or window shopping. I am grateful God knows all our cares. Right now, my workout legs ( i was heavy into working out) aren't the same, and my husband can't even do much. We used to go into NYC every weekend to the art museum and walk around and enjoy it all. I miss it very much but knowing that God knows, gives me hope and some peace. Neither one of us have been diagnosed-- but He knows. Oh, and I would like to meet a doctor that could diagnose like the tv character Dr. House--I would take his abuse anyday to find out and fix what is wrong with us.   

Have a pleasant day and thanks for writing.


Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


ZenaWP
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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Denim, the subject of stress has come up.  I have recently found out through my doctor and personal experience that prednisone can increase anxiety and depression problems.  I was doing okay until put on prednisone and thought that the anxiety and close calls to having a few panic attacks was because I was very sick, in the middle of a flare.  However, my psychiatrist informed me that prednisone aggravates anxiety/depression, so he had to add another med to my existing ones.  That seems to have helped.  I know your husband had recently stopped the prednisone, but maybe it getting in and then back out of his system caused some anxiety to arise.  I hope that's all it is.   


Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


Denim
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   Posted 2/26/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Zena. Anxiety has a way of attacking our most vulnerable body parts I believe. We are living in an age of so much of it it appears added to the fact that we are getting older, I think our bodies can't handle what it used to.

Thanks for your ideas. They make perfect sense. I'll tell my husband what you said. He got his first attack Dec 2005, 5 months after my injury and about a week after a personal tragedy. Stress does reak havoc on your body. Anyone who makes it through life with little illness' and a keen mind are so fortunate. Don't you think? Thanks again. Be well.  


Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 

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