I have, unfortunately, been on prednisone for 4 years now. I started out on Entocort, and then it wasn't working as well as it should have....prednisone was added for what was supposed to be a short time, but every time I'd try to get off of it, I'd start getting sick again. Now, after all these years, not only can I not get lower than 5mg without getting ill, but I now have to see an endocrinologist to determine whether or not my adrenal glands are still alive and if they can be awoken and start working again with the help of other medication. I believe I have a permanant moonface, the upper abdominal fat will never go away, I have a hump on my back, just below my neck, which is very sore and ugly, I have borderline osteoporosis at 30 years old, night sweats, weakness, etc. I wish I had never started this drug....it's wonderful that it can help get the inflammation under control, but at what cost? If I can ever get off of it, I will never take it again. It has ruined my body.
Good luck to you, I hope you can find something else to get you through besides the prednisone.
Asthma (diagnosed at 12)
Fibromyalgia (diagnosed 9/01)
Crohn's Disease/Colitis (diagnosed 12/02)
Diverticulitis (diagnosed 6/07)
Chronic pelvic pain/endometriosis, leading to hysterectomy (9/07)
Torn rotator cuff/labrum (repair 11/20/07)
Bladder sling (8/06), cholystectomy (2/06), tubal ligation (2/06), failed ablation (3/07)
Taking Asacol, Prednisone, Entocort, Remicade, Levbid, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Effexor, Ultracet, Protonix, Lomotil, Frova, Questran powder/Carafate suspension, and pain meds.