Hello, again! And you are welcome. I am allergic to all anti-inflammatory medications so my doctor (PCP) prescribed Prozac back in 2000 to try and help with the pain. I am very sensitive to many meds and this hasn't bothered me at all. The Prozac does help me to manage the pain much better. I still take it daily. One of the difficult things for me has been adjusting to the fact that I will have to be on meds for the rest of my life. But I am determined to enjoy my life: hubby, kids, and grands and if I have to take meds to help with that, then I will.
Prednisone is one of my as needed meds. Both my allergist and my rheumatologist will prescribe it if I start to flare. Usually I do a taper, large amount of pred for a few days, then less each day until I am back off it. This gets my immune system back to normal (for me, lol). Many people on this board take pred daily (in as low a dose as they can).
I have GERD and Celiac, and I see a gastro doc for that. Right now I take Aciphex and Zantac, that has kept the digestive issues and stomach pain much more tolerable.
I am not sure about what breastfeeding issues you might have to deal with as far as taking medications. I would think that as long as the doctors feel it won't harm the baby, then it should be fine. Pred does do a great job at getting a flare under control, so if it won't hurt the baby, it might be worth it.
Remember, you will get through this. One day at a time. Have fun with your little ones and relax. As we "older" folks know, these things all work out!
Take care, Fran
Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies.
Daily Meds: Plaquenil, Zyrtec. Aciphex, Nasacort, Prozac, Ambien CR, CellCept, Bactrim, Zantac.
Daily Supplements: Calcium, B-100 Complex, Daily Vitamins.
As Needed Meds: Epinephrine, Benadryl, Proventil, Xopenex, Tylenal, Darvocet, Prednisone.