Prednisone & Mood Swings

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Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/17/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I know lots of folks have mood swing issues when on a lot of prednisone -- anyone had problems while coming DOWN on prednisone? I was at 9mg 3 months ago, and have come down 1mg/month since then.

I'm trying to figure out if my mood swings in the last 3 weeks since coming down from 7mg to 6mg are related to prednisone? Anyone ever noticed anything similar?

Thanks

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 1/18/2009 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
No I haven't Lynnwood, but hate to hear you're having problems with mood swings. My mood has been mellow the whole time i've been on prednisone, but I doubt if that's the norm. Hope yours mellows out too.
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   Posted 1/18/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lynnwood. So you've been curled up in the fetal position huh? I'm so sorry Sweetie. I haven't had mood swings while decreasing pred, but I'm on a boat load of prozac. I just started decreasing my prozac in the hopes of regaining a glimmer of my libido, so we'll see if my mood changes. I've been on mega doses of prozac for so long that I'm sure it will take a while. Like my sweatshirt says, "Heavily Medicated for Your Safety." Love, Butterflake

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Ginny
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   Posted 1/18/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I've experienced the opposite as well.  As I come down on the pred, my moods get better.  I haven't heard of a taper causing mood swings like that.  How are you this weekend?
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hippimom2
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   Posted 1/19/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Lynnwood, I'm sorry to hear about the mood problems. Are you still feeling worse physically too? I know you had really crashed and for me, when I crash physically I can also crash emotionally.

My moods have been all over the place lately and some of it I do attribute to my prednisone taper. I was boosted up to 20mg right after the holidays and have tapered back down to 10mg and my moods are a little erratic right now. Like I said, I'm not sure how much of it is prednisone related and how much is disease related.

I see in your signature that you have seasonal affective disorder - do you think that could be part of it too? I hope you can find something that helps your mood. Take care of yourself.
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
The crash I spoke of is/was part of the mood swing thing. I am totally overwhelmed by stupid little things and break into tears at the drop of a hat. This *IS NOT* my normal demeanor, by far. I am known far and wide as the "calm cool collected" one who is the go-to person for anything & everything. I'm exhausted yet not sleeping well. (Sleep study last spring produced no solutions and killed me financially!)

Home insurance, auto insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, homeowners board (treasurer), lupus moderator, my medical appts & paperwork, house cleaning, investment re-allocation, groceries, laundry, helping friend dispense of fathers estate, etc,....and the thought of even one thing is enough to bring me to tears right now. And as laws, etc change they all need to be reviewed regularly....I'm the only one here & as such am totally responsible for myself, my expenses, and my house!

Part of it in Dec was affected by the SAD, I know, but now the sun is out more...something has got to be going on with my hormones, I guess since no-one else has noticed this that it must be something besides the prednisone drop. This hyper-emotionality is coming from somewhere, I'm sure.....unless they switched out my brain in my sleep.

I did have the rheumy find some ovarian cysts (non-symptomatic) last March, and haven't made it to the GYN yet, maybe that's involved somehow. Once I get done with the GI, rheumy, dentist & eye dr, maybe I'll get to that soon. ARG!

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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 1/19/2009 9:49:15 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
(((( Lynn ))))) I pray you get some answers soon! I can see how frustrated you are and you have every right to be. Hang in there, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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   Posted 1/20/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lynnwood,

I don't know if I can be of much help or not. But I can certainly relate to many of the symptoms you have mentioned you are going through and I am not on the prednisone. It always seems like everything can pile on at once, with like you said, the docs, the house, one thing after another and it seems like its always when we are feeling at our worst, then the flare strikes adding more doc appts etc, with like you said more responsibilites. If you could just have one day, a spa day to give yourself at home, to breath etc, boy would that be nice!!!!

One thing we found that has been tremendous help since I cannot be in the sun is I had severe Vit D deficiency. Once on Vit D treatment for it boy did the stress and flares come down. I felt better within a week. I know you have SAD, and I too cannot be exposed to sunlight at all. I am so hypersensitive 10 minutes and I am down sick vomitting in the house for a few days sometimes with rashes etc.

I am on my own with divorce etc so I have my days where I just cry.

I can say you are strong and doing well, and maybe schedule yourself a down day or two once a week to just breath. Relax, watch tv, make sure you schedule nothing to do one that day of the week and just relax, manicures, just pamper yourself. I hope maybe that this will help you start to destress. You deserve to pamper yourselve.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynnwood, You sound so overwhelmed by all you have to do. My hunch is that you're very independent, but it might be time to think about asking for help. Maybe the friend you're helping with estate issues can help you with housework, paperwork, grocery shopping, or some such thing. Please don't try to do everything in a vacuum. It just isn't worth it in the long run, and what makes me think that you probably have a lot of wonderful friends who love you.

I have a friend who's 73 and can't drive because of a brain tumor. When she told me one day that she just didn't comfortable calling me to ask for ride somewhere I resonded that that makes me sad, because I thought we were better friends that than. Most people are only glad to help - they just don't know what to do, or that you need help, unless you ask.

I wish I could wave a magic wand and make your mood better. Take care of yourself.

Pat
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