Well, my doctor put me on a daily dose of pred last week. We're starting at 15mg a day for a month and then see where we're at. I must say that I have developed a love/hate relationship with my pred and just thought I'd start a thread and see where it goes. I definitately feel better on pred. Sometimes too good. I also take lortab for the joint pain since NSAID's give me hives. Everytime I'm on a higher dose of pred 15mg and up, I feel so much better that I start to work around the house. I've cleaned my carpets, mopped the floors, done all the laundry, given both big dogs a bath, etc. I way over do it. Then I suffer for it. Before, I was only given dose packs of pred, so I when I would over do things it would catch up to me just as the pred was tapering and I would end up in worse shape then when I started. Well, it's been three days of feeling better and doing more then I should. I'm tired, but I don't hurt as much. The combination of pred and pain meds is actually working and I'm taking less pain meds. The only thing is that sometimes when I need to rest, I feel jumpy, and I'm starving, but I won't let myself have a pred pig-out. Normally, on pred I get the crazy irratibility, but it's not so bad this time. It all just leaves me wondering, what happens when I have to taper again? Will I go back to feeling horrible? Even the swelling and redness in my hands has gone down, despite the overexertion. I think about
all the side effect of long term pred use, but I think surely it can't be as bad as methotrexate or imuran. I guess we'll just see how it goes and what my doc says next week. Loads of positive energy to everyone, God Bless you all.
PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab. Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6. Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.