Low dose prednisone and plaquenil

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turtles
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   Posted 1/18/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
After two years of symptoms, I was diagnosed with RA in December. I am currently taking Prednisone-5mg, Plaquenil-200mg, ZORprin-1600mg-2Xday, Tramadol-50mg-3Xday, and Fosamax plus D.

Before I started with the prednisone, I was having my worst symptoms in my hands/wrists, feet/ankles, and shoulders. At first all my symptoms decreased with the prednisone, except my left shoulder. That was strange, but now after being on the pred for a little more than a month, my symptoms are increasing. I don't have the swelling that I did, but I certainly have the stiffness and pain in the same areas as before. I was hoping the plaquenil would have kicked in by now, but I guess it hasn't.

I don't understand how 5mg of prednisone could have made such a big difference, but I was so happy. Why would my symptoms return like they have?

CaMama
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   Posted 1/18/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hmmm, plaquenil is slow to really kick in. I can't take the steroids, so I'm not sure what to respond....however, there are a lot of people here who do. Hopefully, they'll have some insight for you.

Hang in there.

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yalinda
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   Posted 1/19/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
hi turtles. and welcome. ur name makes me want chocolate and carmel and nuts! yum. and all i can hear is from that movie (brainblock) the voice saying "turtle" in that funy voice. "turtle" sry back to ur post.......i think u may have built a tolerance to the pred? 5 mg is a low dose and more would perhaps help i would ask ur doctor. 5 mg can make a huge difference and 2.5 mg more just a hlf a pill might make a huge diff again but u need to ask ur doctor and tell him or her how it no longer is helping u. once u get a routine with the meds u might even drop or increase to adjust to flares u may be having? sry i didnt post sooner but i missed this post somehow. good luck and welcome. hope to hear how u r doing again~ and hopefully it will be better. :) take care yalinda

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   Posted 1/19/2007 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
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yalinda
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   Posted 1/19/2007 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
u got it! :)

turtles
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   Posted 1/26/2007 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for responding CaMamma. Yalinda, you are probably right. I'm hoping that he will allow me to adjust the pred to my needs. It would certainly be helpful to control as much of this disease as possible. I've called the RD's office, but haven't heard back from them yet.

yalinda
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   Posted 1/27/2007 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
your welcome and good luck. i would think they will increase the prednisone? keep us posted on how u r foing were all here to help. yalinda
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