Off pred... (for those in remission)

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dt19&99
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   Posted 2/24/2010 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
...for the time being. My doctor and I think I'm doing pretty good but during the last weening doses of pred and now that I'm off it when I wake up in the morning I feel like crap... After a few hours I get to feeling pretty good most of the time. Is this a normal? I'm not complaining because I know it could be way worse but was wandering if there is such a thing as feeling great all the time?

jpnutritionfirst
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   Posted 2/24/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey man, I know exactly what you are talking about. As I started tapering prednisone, I always had this headache and felt really tired when I woke up and during the afternoon. This is normal and expected as your adrenals and your pituatary have to warm up as they have been suppressed for so long by the exogenous steroids. This feeling might last for a few months as it did with me. Don't worry about it, you'll start to get your energy back gradually. It's not an overnight thing where one day you are like, I feel awesome. It's very gradual, but eventually you will be 100% back to normal.

Btw, prednisone made me extremely depressed and I had to take an antidepressant. For a while I thought I was going crazy, but even those anxious/depressed feelings completely went away too. I'm not on an antidepressant anymore either.

I am no fan of prednisone. You should talk to your doctor about trying an elemental diet instead of prednisone next time you get a flare. If you have a cool doctor, maybe he or she will let you do it.
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dt19&99
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 2/24/2010 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually havent had any headaches but is my lower abdominal area that just has slight pain or feels blah... Fortunately I never 'really' got depressed, just a short fuse for temper then I'd feel bad about how I (over)reacted to someone/something.

But yeah, hopefully the energy levels will recover (have to much to do to be sleeping my time away). That being said I did enjoy the nice nap I caught this afternoon
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