Does blood work improve after steroids?

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Momf3boyz62
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   Posted 8/19/2006 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Im on 20 mg a day, my dr. has been getting on me to get off this much since Im suppressed in my Lymphocytes. Will they improve once Im off or at least down to 10 or 5? How much weight has everyone gained also. Ive put on about 40 extra.
Cheryl

Diag. with RA/Felty's Syndrome January 99.
Previous meds-Methotrexate,(killed my immune system for 2 years) Enbrel,(didnt work) Humira, Ibuprofen, Arava,(allergic to?) Prednisone, Folic Acid.
Now only on Prednisone because of an allergic reaction they can't figure out, so Im heading to U.of I hospitals and clinics in Sept. for testing, new meds!? Who knows, who cares! Just want off steroids so I can lose weight.


elcamino
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   Posted 8/19/2006 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Are you referring to prednisone? If so, I know it's a wonderful bridge drug, but not a great drug to remain on. Weaning off is probably for the best. Prednisone can certainly affect blood values. I know that when I was on sulfasalazine, my blood counts plummeted; one weekend of high dose prednisone and my blood values were in the normal range (literally, this was a Friday to a Monday). Several other drugs also affect blood values--how they affect them depends on which drug it is.

Good luck!
Elcamino
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


yalinda
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   Posted 8/20/2006 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
hi cheryl and welcome.... if we are talking about wewight gain and evil prednisone devil   count me up to 22 pounds gained..... ugh.... but i am decreasing my dose and doing well this week so i hope to get off it soon and loose the weight! 
 
good luck  yalinda

Momf3boyz62
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   Posted 8/20/2006 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the support!

Im on 25 mg and waiting to get tapered, they need to start me on a new drug since I had some sort of reaction to either Humira or Ibuprofen a few months back. Ive gained and lost and regained about 50 lbs with it. Cannot wait to have a normal face again and stop hiding behind sunglasses!  cool Thank God for a loving honey!

Cheryl


Diag. with RA/Felty's Syndrome January 99.
Previous meds-Methotrexate,(killed my immune system for 2 years) Enbrel,(didnt work) Humira, Ibuprofen, Arava,(allergic to?) Prednisone, Folic Acid.
Now only on Prednisone because of an allergic reaction they can't figure out, so Im heading to U.of I hospitals and clinics in Sept. for testing, new meds!? Who knows, who cares! Just want off steroids so I can lose weight.


erin.K
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   Posted 8/22/2006 2:21 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Cheryl,
prednisone acts like a ballgown & makeup. pretty much masks everything.
what i would say is that your WBCs might shift towards more normal again. the ped adds to the suppression.  honestly, if your labs are very deminished...the prednisone may or may not be to blame and it may or may not be the main player in getting your blood to near normal again. who the heck knows!
 
it can decrease the RF in the labs.
 
assessing more of the physical is what i kinda focus on the most. steroids are really intended on helping ease symptoms and get out of flares and help control inflammation....nothing really in regards to halting, slowing or realy benefitting the disease in any matter organically. (which stinks mad  ) i mean, we're on so many biologics, and immunomodulators who knows what screws with what?! eyes
it's frustrating.
take good care
erin
(had 160mg then 120mg then 100, 60, 40mg and 30 now....very poofy & smushy, not much weight gain beside swelling & water. at 96 pounds but i usually hold 5 pounds of water when on pred) don't think i ever gained weight on steroids yet.
 
 
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