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.