Hemolytic Anemia

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dcminpin
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Date Joined Dec 2015
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   Posted 12/28/2015 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just diagnosed with Hemolytic Anemia. My immune system is destroying my red blood cells. I have received 4 bags of blood in one month and the numbers keep dropping. Today I start on 60mg of prednisone. UGHHH. Has anyone dealt with this condition and how quickly did it turn around? Prednisone and I do not get along very well, I get manic. Also, as a woman, I don't want the weight gain. Doc says use my will power. Bet he's never been on it, LOL
Appreciate any help. Thanks.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/29/2015 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
As Lupus folks, we don't necessarily have any experience with Hemolytic Anemia. I certainly don't anyway.

But Prednisone, oh my! 60 mg is a lot, and will make anyone (everyone) manic, that isn't anything specific to you. Often people taking that much will need some sort of a "sleep aid" to get some rest.

Weight gain -- well, your Dr doesn't seem to realize that some of the weight gain has NOTHING to do with what you eat.

Of course, it also physically changes our makeup so we have PHYSICAL (not mental) cravings for sugars & carbs. My best advice is to write down an eating plan that stresses proteins and vegetables, and stick to it. If you loose your way and must have processed carbs, try to eat some protein and fiber with it. Also keep your exercise/activity level as high as possible, and drink lots of water.

Best wishes,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

dcminpin
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Date Joined Dec 2015
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   Posted 12/29/2015 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the suggestions. I will put them to work.
It is an autoimmune anemia. My research suggests that this is common with Lupus. The immune system attacks the red blood cells by forming antibodies to them. It has already caused a problem finding blood for transfusion due the the antibodies being so high. I will post results on how quickly the prednisone turns this around and how I manage to not gain weight. :).
Appreciate the feedback. Blessings.
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