question about prenisone/neck pain

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   Posted 4/14/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
 Hi everyone!
 I haven't been on here for ages. My gastro has had me on 1000mg Cipro for about 2 years, with much sucess, only two flares that required short term steroids. Well, I started to flare badly about a week and a half ago, went to see him, he took me off the Cipro for now, and started me on 40 mg prednisone. This past weekend my face blew up like a balloon, which I am used to on prednisone, but it has never actually HURT before. It feels like either my glands or lymph nodes are swollen. Neck is really sore, feels bruised all around my throat, right down to my clavical. Very sore to touch, especially when I run a finger down the sides of my neck, starting just below my ear. Anyone else ever had this sort of thing from prednisone? I put a call into my gastro about half an hour ago, but he hasn't called me back yet.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 4/14/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Yep, the more prednisone I'm on the worse it is too.  I was in the hospital where they were injecting me with steroids AND having me take the pills too and that was the felt like 1) the bones in my neck were broken - 2) like I had the flu where my glands were swollen - 3) like I had been strangled since my neck muscles hurt so much.  After a week of being away from the injected steroids my neck hurt somewhat less with the broken/strangled feeling, but it didn't feel less swollen and awful in general until I got down lower on my prednisone dosage a couple weeks later.  Boy, did that feel good to have my neck get better!!

It also seemed to help to try and exercise a little, my knees were almost unusable so I just did stretches and jumping jacks where you just do the arm motions.  It gets your lymph system moving so it can reduce the fluid buildup and swelling around your neck cool

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