Thanks Karen. Today I got the schedule to taper off prednisone. Tomorrow will call the surgeon to schedule the procedure. I'm not confident that any of these docs are aware that Effexor requires tapering, or that they would even consider it "worth doing" so I'm probably on my own. If I don't do it myself then I'll be the one to suffer.
Actually I was feeling pretty good that the prostate cancer is behind me, at least for now, and I was trying to take care of some older medical issues when this popped up. This whole thing just came out of the blue. Some background is posted here on HW at /www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=4056393
. If the surgeon can do it laproscopically then it'll only be two days and I'll probably be okay, but if he has to do it
open then it will be five days and that will definitely bring on some withdrawal.