I completely get why you are so stressed out!..I'm hardly an expert, but even I know that you tapered far too quickly and fast with the Pred, well before the Simponi kicked in...what a blinkin nightmare!..I hope you can get something sorted out quickly...I feel bad for you, hang in there!
BUT ... For only 1 week at 40mg, that is a very standard taper.
But, many people can manage a few months of Pred. Gary is right what will likely happen after a a year or more at high doses, or a few years at moderate doses. I had to stay at 20mg for about
6months and then 10mg for over another year, and my diabetes seems to have permanently gotten worse. I have been off completely for over 4 months, and I am still taking 2x as much insulin as I did two years ago.
Hopefully in a few months you can get off the Pred.
Post Edited (DBwithUC) : 9/2/2014 8:20:28 PM (GMT-6)