Thanks Lynnwood andRAven. I think he started me out with injections because I had been untreated for so long and my markers were so high, and he felt they would last a while for me, but they didn't last as long as we hoped and I didn't seem to come down smoothly. So I asked to try pills, and I preferred them because we could control them. I guess I was in bad shape in the beginning, also my endocrine system was really a mess and I was really sluggish, so it may have played a role in his decision.
Now, he injects just joints, although if I'm having an allergic reaction or something, he'll do an injection instead of pills to make it work faster.
Maybe the injections are easier on the liver--usually I have more trouble with pills than injections, but the pred doesn't seem to be a troublesome pill for me to take.
He said some patients with milder disease can get a shot and go for months with little or no problems. I guess thats why he tries the shots. And also to get me under control in the beginning.
My mom's doc leaves her on steroids pretty much all the time. I guess each doc is different. I don't mind going off them if I feel okay, but when everything falls apart, and you know how that is I'm sure, its just lousy and the shots wore off like "bam" all at once this time.
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids