Back on the Prednisone... ugh!
Just wanted to start a thread here about the love/hate relationship many of us have with Prednisone. After being diagnosed with SLE lupus last July, I'm going thru my first full-blown flare. Oh we've got it all--stomach issues, constant headaches, sore knees and feet, ear pain (from inflamed jaw joints). Oh and let's throw some increased depression because we ALL know how darned happy we get when all this hits at once (rolling eyes).
After trying to be a toughie and thinking the flare would pass and I'd be able to fight it off, I finally realized it was getting the best of and I broke down yesterday going to one of my dr's who prescribed a 12-day taper script of Prednisone. By the time I got to the dr's office yesterday, I was actually praying they would give it to me because I knew it would help.
Being a Type 1 diabetic, however, gives me that bittersweet recovery with the Prednisone. My blood sugars go absolutely crazy, and I develop insomnia and "roid rage" terrible after about day 3. My poor husband grabs my medicine bottle and shakes it so he knows about how much longer I'm going to be Sassy Pyscho Bitch!
Do many of you find that Prednisone is just THE only answer when your flare goes on too long? Do you find the benefits out weigh the side effects like I do? And those of you who do take it when the going gets rough... do you go on it often? I know it's only been a year since my last taper dose, but I worry about what is too much for how often one takes it....
(Here's wishing all of you a happy, comfortable, pain-free weekend ahead! )
"Never a lip is curved with pain
That can it be kissed into smiles again."
- Kahlil Gibran