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   Posted 4/9/2011 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else take prednisone for OA?  I am taking Celebrex daily and prednisone when the inflammation gets out of hand. My ortho thinks I have RA and OA.  If he operates on my knee...depending on the MRI I am having next week...he said he is going to do a biopsy to try and determine if I have seronegative RA. The prednisone really helps me.  Too bad we can't take that drug daily...

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   Posted 4/9/2011 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Prednisone is the devil's drug, Vannie. Taken long-term it can cause blindness, osteonecrosis, diabetes and other problems. It can be a blessing, but only for very short periods.
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   Posted 4/9/2011 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Judy,

Thank you for your response. I do know that Prednisone is too dangersous to take routinely or at high dosages for very long. I was in a level 9 flare last weekend, and I needed it. It brought me back. I really would not want to live if I had to endure the pain I had a week ago. I am thankful for the prednisone, but I hope to not need it as desperately as I did last weekend ever again. I am working w/my doctor to keep the inflammation down so that it does not get out of control. Fingers crossed. :)

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