Prednisone … how’s your love/hate relationship with this devil of a drug? Love how it can help relieve symptoms in a day or two? Love the burst of energy, especially after you may have been in a heavy pain cycle? On the other hand there is the lack of sleep, short temper, feeding frenzies, weight gain, puffy face … yeah, I’m tired of it.
After a chat with my Rheumy, besides masking RA readings in my blood tests, it turns out that Prednisone also has another possible side effect of making your skin (and “other” tissues) less pliable. I was wondering why I had problems with my blood tests for the last few months – which never bothered me before and now are very painful. A new side effect has cropped up down under … hemorrhoids. Oh, hooray … will the fun never end in the zone?
Reducing the Prednisone from 15, to 12.5, to 10 was pretty easy. After another couple of weeks fluctuating between 10 and 7.5, I am finally at 7.5 daily. How low can I go? Upped the Methotrexate from 10-15 in hopes that this will take over where the Prednisone left off, but after a month of the increased MTX I can’t say I see any further improvement. Up next … Humira!