Ohhhhhhhh . . . I missed the prednisone taper.
I haven't had to use pred except for some quick tapers . . . but here is what I understand about
it . . . which may be helpful to you.
Our adrenal glands make cortisol which is equivalent to about
7 mg/day of prednisone. When we take prednisone/steroids for an extended period of time, our adrenals stop (or slow) making our own supply. Once we taper down under 10 or so, our bodies start to push the adrenals back into action. That's why the low end of the taper has to be w-a-y s-l-o-w-e-r. It gives your body a chance to start producing its own again. The end of your taper may take a very long time . . . and you may be stuck at a low dose for a long time.
Ginny and Lynnwood are really helpful with the prednisone info. Hopefully they will see your post.
Its good that the doc is checking your cortisol levels.
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