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txcola
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 5/6/2015 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. I usually am on fibro forum, as I was diagnosed with fibro and psoratic arthritis about two years ago. At one point, they thought I might have Lupus, but I moved and that never went anywhere. So I was just humming along and got a bad flare ( bad mouth sore, severe pain in joints, muscles, headache, and fatigue) and then a sinus infection. Eight days In, I went to a local walk in clinic in desperation.

The doc diagnosed me with the sinus infection and suggested a steroid shot and predinisone to clear up the fluid. Twenty minutes after the shot, the fluid and the flare were gone. I did not feel like superwoman as they suggested I would. I just felt normal, and the way I do when I am flare free. For the first time in 14 years.

My question is this- does the steroid work that quickly for you to stop a flare? or is it a build up over time thing?

Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/6/2015 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes with Lupus you can feel the prednisone calm the flare quickly, but usually it works more slowly. Probably because a Lupus flare is much more systemic than a sinus infection.

If you feel like the prednisone helped more than just the sinus infection, you might want to visit a rheumy who is experienced in making Lupus diagnoses and treating Lupus. One reason to do this is because some Drs use prednisone to help differentiate between a Lupus dx and a Fibro dx -- Lupus generally responds to prednisone, Fibro usually does NOT respond to prednisone.

If you do have Lupus, you'll want to, at minimum, be on Plaquenil to help slow the disease.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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txcola
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   Posted 5/6/2015 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh thanks! Yes, it helped tremendously. Yes, I can feel the remnants of the flare this morning, still a wee bit achey here and there, but nothing near the level that I was pre shot. The greatest thing was waking up and not walking like a 80 year old woman.

I have a rheumy. He treats my arthritis and fibro. I called first thing this morning, because I know that steroids do nothing for fibro.

I am excited in a way. I hope that does not sound wacky. It's been a long, hard, painful road. I've been told by people it's all in my head, etc. It's nice to know I might finally have closure, and a treatment that finally works.

txcola
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   Posted 5/7/2015 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
oh well, so much for that. I did not take any more just see if it would keep flare at bay. The pain and fatigue are slowly returning. Called rheumy and they told me to take prednisone and keep track of symptoms/and relief during trial.
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