This is going to be a weird question but try to bear with me. I've been on Prednisone on/off for 10 years. Pretty much an annual thing. This lastest stretch began in July 2006. I have been as high as 80mg this time and now I'm down to 20 mg. I have failed Remicade and pretty much every other med (my only option left is to try Imuran AGAIN and see if it may work this time) I was trying to get into a study for Humira but was turned away because my recent upswing on the Prednisone made me "too well". My problem is that through all this I have been in nursing school. I have always been a good student but am kind of dropping the ball right now. I had a really bad flare about 6 weeks ago and didn't eat for about 3 weeks. I'm feeling better but now I'm having trouble in school. My teacher is a nurse practitioner and thinks my major issue is the prenisone. She knows I'm a good student etc. and knows I understand the material but come test time, my mind is all jumbled. I have been sleeping poorly (but can't really take Ativan because it makes me SO groggy even at 0.5mg) and maybe not eating the best but I don't know what else to do. I was going to call my MD and maybe see a nutritionist and maybe get some new sleeping meds (suggestions?) Anyone have any suggestions to clear my cloudy head and allow me to focus? I can't even comprehend taking a "break" from school right now. I told you this was a weird question....but SO important to me!
Thanks in advance,
29 years old; diagnosed since 1997 (but I've had it forever)
-Currently awaiting entry to Humira study
-Prednisone starting at 40mg. Having to hang at 20mg for the study!
-Failed Remicade (8/06-8/07)
-Calcium (for my steroid-affected bones)
-Prenatal vitamins (for the extra stuff, not for pregnancy)
-Miralax (because surprisingly I need it sometimes)