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mechiko
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   Posted 3/17/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Any tips for living with prednisone? Yesterday I realized I was being really short with my daughter for no reason.... I was just getting so annoyed! I'm sure it's the prednisone and I'm going to be on it for a while so does anyone have any tips?

Also my face has broken out terribly... I never had acne until I started immunosuppressants, but right now it's really bad. My doctor gave me topical clindamycin and I'm using tea tree oil but other than that I don't really know what to do about it...


Kathryn

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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:54 PM (GMT 0)   
I am sorry I don't have any advice for you but I am interested in your post as well. I was just prescribed this med and will start it tonight. I am wondering when the moon face starts to show... and what else I can expect from the drug. I hope you get some answers Kathryn. Best wishes to you!!!!


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couchtater
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   Posted 3/17/2011 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
As someone who takes medrol packs for their asthma...the short temper flares and moon face is normal. I nearly bit my niece's head off over her singing a song weirdly.
When I'm extra grumpy I just avoid conforntations. I almost lock myself away until I feel sociable.
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 3/17/2011 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I don't know anything that helps the grumpiness except trying to make sure I get enough sleep and eat regularly. Then just knowing the drug pushes me in the grumpy direction helps me be hyper-aware to check what I'm saying and how I'm saying it.

Not always much help, but sometimes it helps....!
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mechiko
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   Posted 3/17/2011 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. Yes I do think that being hyper aware helps. And I could certainly eat better - I've been losing weight unintentionally for a year, so when I'm on prednisone and crave carbs and sugar I just go with it - probably not the best solution!


Kathryn

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   Posted 3/17/2011 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, carbs & sugar do make me grumpier. Try to make sure every meal has at least 1/3 protein to keep yourself from floating away on a sea of carbs & crabbiness.
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mechiko
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   Posted 3/19/2011 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm being so bad about eating right. I just don't have the motivation to exercise self-control! I feel like I'm being lazy but I just don't care! Lol what has gotten into me?! I normally eat very well and am a good role model for my daughter (she's almost 4)...

Kathryn

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   Posted 3/19/2011 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
prednisone & lupus can do nasty things to the appetite. for a while it was all I could do to chew & swallow one bite of meat at a meal. it turned into hard flavorless yuck - so my goal was just 1-2 bites with every meal, slowly working back to a more normal diet.

cheese was a little easier to get down -
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