Hi hippi, sorry to hear you are feeling crummy. I had a hard time with a 10mg long taper, but can taper from 20mg down to nothing with a thirty pill taper for some reason. I guess because though it is a stronger taper, it's a shorter one. I didn't like the long taper and ended up even after I toughed it down to nothing feeling so bad that I had to back up on the old 20mg short taper, which helped, but didn't work as well after the long one, but I managed to get off after that one. After things were better. when I took the 20mg shorter taper, it worked as good as usual.
I think it may take a while for your adrenals to atrophy, I have had secondary adrenal insufficiency for many years (I don't produce enough ACTH) and my adrenals work well per my last cortrosyn stim. You might ask for the stim test if you feel you have a problem. Maybe something else is going on that a different type of steroid might help.
I hope you feel better soon and wish you the very best.
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