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iwantsimple
05-08-2013, 04:52 PM
Hi! I'm on the last day of a 6 day methylprednisolone taper that brought me more relief than I've had in almost 2 years! Today, my symptoms are already starting to return. If you have done this taper to stop a flare, what happens afterward? Do you just go back to miserable? I felt so good for a few days! Is there a daily dose of this stuff? I'd love to feel like that all the time!!!

debbie-b
05-09-2013, 03:21 AM
I am with you. When I take pred., I feel like superwoman and after the taper I am back to miserable. Some people take a lower dose all the time, but my rheumy is totally against it. He will only give it to me, when I am in a bad flare, for a short time.
It does help me get through a flare, ones the flare is over, the pain is usually not as bad anymore.

Debbie

SleepyInSeattle
05-09-2013, 07:29 AM
There's debate about low-dose - but even at only 5-10mg/day, you can have bad side effects long-term - steroids are just NOT good for you. That's why they use stuff like Methotrexate, Imuran, etc as "steroid-sparing agents" - in other words, they are supposed to provide some of the same benefits, but with fewer side effects and long-term damage. You might talk to your doc about using one of those medications (if you don't already), or changing the dose of one you're already on, or some other option.

I am also struggling with this...I am already on Plaq and Mtx, but we're trying 5mg/day of Prednisone for a while to see what happens. (Long story). We are hoping that after 6 months or so it may be possible to go off the Pred completely - hopefully things will have quieted down. Only way to know is to try!

If they could invent Prednisone with no long-term side effects, I'd be set - it makes me feel great!

iwantsimple
05-09-2013, 08:16 PM
I am only taking Plaquenil. I don't know what the other meds are that you listed. I do take mobic for pain, but that's it. If there's something that will help, I'd love to know what it is!

aurora_butterfly68
07-22-2013, 11:55 AM
I am only taking Plaquenil. I don't know what the other meds are that you listed. I do take mobic for pain, but that's it. If there's something that will help, I'd love to know what it is!

what is Mobic ????/ I am tapered off the prednisone as it sent my blood sugar thru the roof and im diabetic, it worked wonders tho almost immediately I felt better then ive felt in yrs, now not so good im still on the plaquinell not sure if I spell it right lol, but don't see any diff with this pill.So im in a lot of pain again and curious about the Mobic what can u tell me ?