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NanMac
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   Posted 3/31/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning to all,
I started Prednisone yesterday. I was wondering how many mg. do most people take? I am on 10mg. every morning and he gave me a prescription for 100, refillable 3X's. How soon will Predisone start working? I felt less painful yesterday evening but could that be due to a placebo affect? While lurking on this site I've read about people taking a tapering dose. How does that work?
I had my MRI yesterday. Good thing I am not frightened by tight space or loud noises. I have looked up AS as suggested and maybe thats why he ordered the MRI. At first I thought that AS only affected the lumbar spine but upon further research it can affect cervical spine and other joints. I will see what he comes up with at my appt. on Thursday.
Thanks again!
NanMac

sandie523
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   Posted 3/31/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   NanMac
 
 Ive been on prednisone since i was 16 yrs old, I am now 25. When i first started I was on 10mg a day, after a while it was lowered to 5mg a day. Thats still my current dosage right now. I know a lot of docs thing its a bad drug but it has worked for me all this time and when they have tried to lower it i can fell th diffrence so i go back to the 5mg. Dont worry youll be fine.
 
            GOOD LUCK
 
  Sandie
 
 Dx. R.A.
 Meds: Prednisone,MTX,Naproxen,Sulfasalizine,Plaquenil.
 


NanMac
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   Posted 3/31/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the response Sandy,

When you start Prednisone did it work right away? Do you have side effects? weight gain, hair growth?

I am very concerned about decreased immune system. I work with children and often get colds from them. Every year I get at least one bout of viral pnuemonia and can't shake the cough for quite some time.

NanMac

 


sandie523
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   Posted 4/1/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
  Hey again NanMac it was such a long time ago that i started taking it that i really cant remember how long it took to kick in, but i dont think it was that long. As far as gaining weight i havent gained any extra weight although iv never been skiny to begin with, but ive kept the same weight as before the prednisone. Well as far as the low immune system goes ive been working at a pharmacy for the past 5 yrs and ive been great so far, nothing serious (knock on wood) and i come in contact with really ill people daily. So agin dont be afraid. I hope that ive helped you like many have helped me on here, this is truly a great place for support.
 
  Sandie
 
 Dx. R.A.
 Meds: Prednisone,MTX,Naproxen,Sulfasalizine,Plaquenil.
 


NanMac
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   Posted 4/2/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again,
It is so nice to chat with people who know where your coming from. Thursday I find out the results of my MRI. I already know by xray that I have some fusing of my Cervical spine. I have read about AS as suggested and the symptoms sure sound like me. I am amazed how well the predisone is working. Little pain In my neck, arms wrists, ankles, fingers and meta tarsals. I continue to have some hip and knee pain. I know that I have Osteo in my knee. I was hit by a car and my brother accidently shot me in the knee when I was child. Thanks again for your support. Someday maybe I can be helpful for others also.
HOPE YOU A GREAT PAINFREE D!
NanMac

erin.K
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   Posted 4/2/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Nan!

just a quick jump in on the conversation....when my joints are super painful & narcotics and tylenol aren't enough...i'll take 20mg to 40mg of prednisone and it works pretty quick. i do however have to taper....30mg, 25, 20, 25, 10, etc....because i get some wicked withdrawel symptoms.
so yeah, for me....the benefits of the prednisone happen quickly.
take care!
Arthritis Forum Moderator
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


silver52
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   Posted 4/2/2007 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
For those on predisone as well as myself. Don't abuse the drug like my father did and take more than your docotor subscribes. My fathers bones became so brittle he loss 7 inches in his height and eventuallly died from congestive heart failure. He loved the drug and how well it worked but I sure wish they would have had remicade then. I take 10 mg 2 days before my infusion of remicade and for 2 days afterwards, but most of the time only mg a day will do.

NanMac
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   Posted 4/3/2007 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for responding to this topic. I have been responding to Prednisone pretty well. My neck, wrists and ankles don't hurt at all. I still have pain in my hip and knee. I guess I have Osteoarthritis there. I can see how a person would like to stay on this drug. I am concerned about the long term risks. Do other drugs used for inflammatory athritis have less risks?
NanMac

istone
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   Posted 4/4/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   

hi

did they confirm your AS? do u have swollen joins? or ESR or C protein reactive?

pls reply i have dillema with dx...maybe could be AS cos all the joints r affected

neck and hips and wrists and knees and feet

could u send me an email pls ? kind regards Iris

NanMac said...
Thanks for responding to this topic. I have been responding to Prednisone pretty well. My neck, wrists and ankles don't hurt at all. I still have pain in my hip and knee. I guess I have Osteoarthritis there. I can see how a person would like to stay on this drug. I am concerned about the long term risks. Do other drugs used for inflammatory athritis have less risks?
NanMac

terry a
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   Posted 4/5/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
my wife is coming down from 15 mg per day. she has been on it for 5 months. she is currently on 2.5 mg. she is having severe chills. side effect/withdrawl.
terry
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