Can you withdrawl from Prednisone--only took it for 5 days?

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hopeisreal
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   Posted 1/23/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes    I took 60 mg/day for 5 days (b/c of neck/shoulder/right arm pain)---today is the first day without it.
 
I feel kind of....in pain---like, my skin hurts where my triceps, shoulder (and blades) and neck are!  It's really weird!  I have never felt anything like this! eyes
 
Just wondering....can this be from the prednisone?  Or is it probably something else (like fibro--even though I haven't been diagnosed with it)?  OY!
 
TIA!
 
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hopeisreal
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   Posted 1/23/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, thanks tspauld---when I went to my MD appt., and he suggested I take this--he was making a big deal about only taking this for 5 days---I don't know why-but, he was quick to say, "it's only for 5 days....to get any inflammation down, and for your pain....."? Anyone else? :)

Laurel

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   Posted 1/23/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if your exact symptoms are related to pred but this is not a med to mess around with stopping it suddenly can cause secondary adrenal insufficiency which can make you sicker than you have ever been in your life. If you take it for more than just a few days you have to titrate off of it very slowly.

hopeisreal
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   Posted 1/24/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
sjkly-- well, I pretty much 'cold turkey' went off of it! I don't have any more to take! So---maybe this is why I am feeling really bad yesterday and today---skin feels like it's burning, muscles hurt? SIGH!

hopeisreal
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   Posted 1/24/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Gramps! I appreciate it! :)
Laurel

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   Posted 1/24/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Gramps on this one. I've taken it for 5 or 7 days several times and stopped per doc orders. Never had a problem. That's not enough time to create the 'problems' that occur with long term useage.

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gracehunter
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   Posted 1/24/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I just titrated down from 60 mgs per day, and it took months. I took 60mgs for 2 weeks, then 50mgs for 2 weeks, and so on until done. I've taken the same dosage for 5 days, stopped, and had no problems. Longer courses of prednisone require that you titrate to avoid dangerous side effects such as an unhealthy drop in blood pressure. Your body will never feel better then when you take prednisone, and will never feel worse then when you stop taking it. All the inflammation in the joints returns with a vengeance, which is probably what you are experiencing. It does not have the same withdrawal effects as opioids, accept for increased pain, and all that comes with that. 60mgs of prednisone seems like a very high dose for a short course for nothing more than relieving inflammation. It doesn't cure joint pain, it only relieves it while you take it. It is most often used for issues involving the lungs, and for people suffering with Crohn's, Colitis, etc. When I've taken it for 5 day courses it was for pneumonia, Asthma, etc. Prednisone is really a wolf in sheep's clothing, and nothing to play around with. My doctors speculate that all the steroids I've taken throughout my life might be one reason that my spine is falling apart. Just as with anabolic steroids, Prednisone, in high enough doses and duration, can degrade joint tissue. It sure makes you feel good when you take it, but it isn't worth it in the long run.

hopeisreal
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   Posted 1/24/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks Grace---I was wondering if I was starting to feel better on the 3rd day of taking it. However, yesterday and today---I feel real crummy---I even feel like I have a bit of a fever---but, haven't taken my temperature b/c I keep putting hot packs on my neck/shoulders-----I go through the whole hot/cold thing---especially at night---and I have a horrible headache--at teh back of my head---and in my forehead (along my right ear too)-----SIGH!

My hubby thinks maybe I am getting the flu--but, I think the flu hits like a freight train--not a gradual thing like this.......

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   Posted 1/24/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
no yuo cant get with drawels just weight gain . lol
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