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   Posted 1/12/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been decreasing my dose of prednisone as recommended by the rheumatologist office by 2.5mg weekly.  Once down to 17.5mg I started to notice I was hurting again but nothing I couldn't deal with so I continued the decreases and things stayed the same all the way down to 7.5mg.  Now I am down to 5mg and I really hurt.  Still able to walk but enough now that I am not going to be able to exercise and want to cry.  I don't want to be on the prednisone anymore.  I also take 2 tylenol 2-3 times daily along with 2000-3000mg of fish oils.  It looks like the MTX was never really helping and it was just the prednisone all along.  January 29th would be 12 weeks, did I give it long enough?  I figure once the pred is tapered to 2.5mg or to 0mg I am going to be right back where I started which really sucks.  I feel so useless.  I know my insurance won't pay for the other meds and that I won't be able to afford them yet I most likely as with everything else will overqualify for assistance so should I just give up on treating this condition altogether?  Anyone else down here in the dumps with me.  Feel like whining.  Not having a good day.
dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Duration: 10yrs. Dx'ed 2006.  Asthma, hypertension, hypothyroid
Meds: Methotrexate 20mg wkly, Prednisone 20mg decreasing,  Advair 250/50, Diovan HCT 160mg/25mg QD, Synthroid .1mg QD, Women's One a Day, tylenol PRN.

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 1/13/2007 4:03 AM (GMT -6)   
i tell u it is hell getting off prednisone! parden my curse, but when i went off I HURT SO BAD. i am not gonna kid u if u will be like me it will hurt bad coming off. i stopped in mid october and i hurt bad til about just 2 weeks ago. it put me on a cane many times without but i didnt want the pred anymore. gosh just talking about how good u feel on prednisone makes me want it like a piece of cheesecake! i now can deal with my pain again and function without the prednisone but on it i was pain free and since i have never been pain free again but at least i am now functional. i also have lost 10 pounds off the prednisone which was one of my drives cuz i gained like 30 on it. when my pain got so bad my rhuemmy over the phone told me just to go back on it, but i was determined as i knew i couldnt be on it for life? my wrists hurt now just typing and my heals and ankles too but as much as i love the prednisone physically- i disliked being on it too. so good luck. u will hurt getting off and until u find the right mix -which i have not yet- u probably will hurt. the mtx does not cut it alone for me but i can endure this pain right now and might just keep it like this with no more meds? idk? good luck yalinda

Harley Diva
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 1/14/2007 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Babybloo....Sorry you are not feeling well. The MTX has taken about six months to fully kick in for me. it was slow to work. I do feel better now. I am also gong off the prednisone. I went down from 20 mgs very slowly. I am now at 2.5 but is has taken most of a year to get down that low. I am currently having pain and a slight increase in inflamation. I hope things level out for you. I agree with Yalinda on the prednisone. I enjoy being pain free but am not willing to pay the long term price of prednisone. Give the MTX a few more weeks. I am on 15 mg. once a week and it seems to be helping.
Harley Diva
....RA, HPT,  drugs: Sulfasalazine, MTX, prednisone, bp meds

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 74
   Posted 1/21/2007 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Babyloo,

Just curious, what kind of health insurance do you have...Beucase maybe your Rhuemy can prescibe you Enbrel, humira or perhaps Rituxan, Rituxan is all a Drug that is like Humira & enbrel only difference is that u do the treatment as an out patient basis in a hospital setting, its also known as infusion treamtents, the first treatment is the longest, beucase they make sure that you dont have a reaction to it, and you do the Rituxan treaments every couple of months, maybe that might be worth menting to your Rhuemy, I knew a patient at my job, and she tried Rituxan, and she swears by it...

I was thinking about taKING it for my self...Beucase Im hating taking all my meds....

I hope you feel better, and just hang in there, its hard to get off pred, but evenually your body will be free from it...Just keep up posted...

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