Tapering prednisone.. Upping Lyrica?
So, I got a nasty upper resp. infection and my PCP rx’d a z-pac that did nothing.. Then when the infection moved into my chest more rx’d levaquin and upped my prednisone from 5mg to 10mg. As soon as I did that, I felt great. That was a 9 days ago. The levaquin was a 7 day dose, as was my instructed 10mg pred. I started my taper Friday and felt generally alright.. although I am still coughing up yellow mucous so I’m convinced I must have a virus.
Since I had a recent bout of pleurisy, should I be concerned that I have no other symptoms other than the now 3rd week of sputum coming up from my lungs?
Anyways, as low as my prednisone dose is, the taper from 10mg to 5mg is now killing me. Yesterday evening I was miserable with my joint pain. The prednisone at 10mg helps my joints so much. I’m so glad that such a low dose is able to help me. I feel so bad for those of you who need much higher doses and when you have to taper… I can’t imagine. My itty bitty taper makes me whine and bark like a little baby. Did all of you originally start out on a relatively low dose?? And after so long, you’ve had to increase it to see results??
It seems my Lyrica is helping at 300mg a day. If I’m late on my evening dose, I can start to tell. Although I think the prednisone is actually helping my joints, and other symptoms, and the Lyrica is attacking the neuropathy. I’m worried, though, because in a few days I will begin yet another taper down to .5mg. I know I need to get off of it but I’m hoping that won’t mean I need to up my Lyrica again.. The 300mg already makes me feel ‘high’ and out of it… Ugh.
So basically, I need advice on the prednisone, and should I call the PCP about the mucous I’m coughing up??
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Dx: Potential Lupus, Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Rx: Prednisone 5mg 1x daily, Lyrica 75mg 2x daily, Omeprazole 200mg 1x daily, Xanax .5mg prn