If your cardiologist disowns you because you must take a maintenance dosage of Prednisone, then he needs to be reported and you'll probably benefit from another doctor whose goal is your improved health.
I have a friend who has been on Prednisone for 20+ years (between 10 - 20 milligrams) and finds that this maintenance dosage is what allows her to live somewhat normally. This is, for SLE, a rather high maintenance dosage and most doctors want to get their patients below that number. In order to do this, doctors will usually prescribe one of the steroid-sparing drugs to be taken along with Prednisone and/or while the patient is tapering Prednisone. Most often, the steroid-sparing drug that is prescribed in Methotrexate.
Perhaps you can talk to your doctor about using one of the steroid-sparing drugs as you are tapering your Prednisone until you find a combination that helps you to feel your best. Please let us know how it goes. I wish you the very best.
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