I am one of the fortunate people who have no (immediate, at least) side effects from taking prednisone. At my recent checkup, I mentioned that I felt I'd been experiencing more pain / inflammation than previously. We discussed switching biologics in three months, and my rh suggested a course of steroids in the meantime. I am already taking meloxicam, and methotrexate, and my current biologic, for reference, is Stelara.
So, six days, carefully following the directions, and yay, a fairly significant decrease in perceived inflammation, a fairly significant decrease in perceived pain, a small increase in flexibility. Certainly I was able to stretch / exercise more thanks to those changes, and that was also helpful.
But now, a week after the last dose, I can tell that my hands are starting to stiffen up again.
So here's my question: what purpose did the course of steroids serve? It did show me the level of consistent inflammation in my body, and it was definitely a relief to have that lessened for a short time. But even though I don't have obvious side effects from the prednisone, it is not - am I right? - something you take long term.
I know it's impossible to answer the real question here, which is this: is the payoff worth the risk? On the surface, it seems that putting yet more meds into my body for just ten days or so of reduced pain isn't really worth it, pleasant though those ten days were. And it's premature to say that I'll return to the pre-prednisone pain and infmallation levels, although I sense that I'm creeping back in that direction. And I guess there's no way to assess the benefit to having that inflammation out of my body even for a short time - surely that's of some benefit to my entire health, but how to assess it? (My blood sugar and blood pressure remained consistently unremarkable the whole time, and my weight stayed the same.)
Has anyone taken steroids, presumably in a reduced dosage, over a long period of time? A quick online check shows that such a thing is possible. I'm wondering if anyone here has found it helpful.
I just feel that the experience has given me some more information, but i'm not entirely sure where to go with it.
My three-month appointment with the rheumatologist was yesterday. She gave me the go-ahead to get the booster, and we talked about how to time my other meds (the shot of Stelara I got that morning was irrelevant, but I'm to skip the methotrexate next week, and wait for a ten day interval from the booster shot before resuming it.) I was able to get the booster shot less than an hour after my...
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