Do you self medicate?

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Butterflake
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   Posted 8/11/2010 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Everyone. I'm having a lupus flare that started Monday. It looks like I'm going to need a prednisone burst taper (30mg, 20mg etc) to stop the flare.
 
Usually I go to my rheumy or internist when I feel this awful, but they both prescribe the same taper I described. I self medicate for minor flares, but not for the major flares. What do you do?  Love, Butterflake
Systemic Lupus ('05), depression, fibro, sjogrens, cns issues, diabetes, gerd, hypertension, colitis, stage 1 kidney disease. Cellcept and lots of other meds.  Donna 

Lynnwood
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   Posted 8/11/2010 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Generally I don't self-medicate, but if it's something fairly regular like you are describing where the symptoms are identical to previous episodes and the medication is the same each time, I would be sorely tempted. You might want to call the nurse and tell them what you are planning just to be safe, since 30 - 20 mg is a somewhat high amount.

If the symptoms are different, even in the slightest, I'd suggest seeing the dr. Don't want to ever accidentally hurt oneself, ya' know?
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redrose77
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   Posted 8/11/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
my rheumy actually allows for me to increase 10mg in a short burst if I start to flare, when I am not trying to decrease that is. He wrote it into my prescription that way and trusts me to call him if it is a servere flare.
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aimsgirl16
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   Posted 8/11/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I have kidney issues I have been given permission by my rhuemy to go up to 20 mg of pred more to see if that will help my kidney flairs for a week or two. If symptoms are still showing then I have to call my nephrologist. i think this is something that needs to be cleared with your doc for sure. And if you are worried its more than a normal flare, then deffinatly make an apt!
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Butterflake
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   Posted 8/13/2010 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies Ladies. I ended up calling my rheumy and left a message detailing the taper I'm doing. I haven't heard back from them yet, so I did 30mg one day and 20mg the past two days. It will be interesting to hear what my rheumy says. Love, Butterflake
Systemic Lupus ('05), depression, fibro, sjogrens, cns issues, diabetes, gerd, hypertension, colitis, stage 1 kidney disease. Cellcept and lots of other meds.  Donna 

sjkly
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   Posted 8/13/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
My rhuemy returns all phone calls the same day herself-not just someone in the office. So, I don't self medicate. I have no need to .

okie
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   Posted 8/13/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
So how are you feeling? is the predisone helping? My doctor actually insist I keep it in the house in a back up plan. Just incase it's a weekend or I can't reach anyone for whatever reason. because as you know left untreated it can only get worse. I hope you are starting to feel better.
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carol
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Butterflake
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   Posted 8/14/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Sjkly you're so lucky to have a doc who responds quickly! I still haven't heard back from mine.  Carol I'm feeling much better. The joint pain was awful and I'm really glad I'm taking the pred taper. I hope you're feeling ok today. Love ya, Donna 
Systemic Lupus ('05), depression, fibro, sjogrens, cns issues, diabetes, gerd, hypertension, colitis, stage 1 kidney disease. Cellcept and lots of other meds.  Donna 
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