It is very hard for her to think clearly... she seems to be in slow motion. She has giant cell arthritis and blames the prednisone for her lack of clarity. It is very scary to watch her go through this. Does anyone have any experience they could share
22 Jun 2012
Yes! I took 80mg/day of prednisone for for 5 months then tapered down to my current 15mg/day over the next 3 years. There is a 6 month period that I do not remember at all. I am told that I attended family parties as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations during this time, but I have no recollection of any of it. I read a lot --- except when I am taking prednisone. I can't concentrate on the story line and I keep forgetting who the characters are, so I stopped reading until I was taking 30mg/day or less. Your mom's mental state will improve as her dose declines. Hang in there.
22 Jun 2012
Prednisone can affect your mental processes in several different ways, esp as the dose goes up. My cousin had lupus and was put on very high doses at first, and it made her absolutely crazy. Her problems can be the result of the prednisone. She should be sure to tell her doctor about it.
24 Jun 2012
Hi. Prednisone affects moods. Anger, anxiety, sleeplessness happens at high doses. I have been on this for over seven years. A person needs to adjust and understand as they take this as do those around her. It is really a toss up, benefits and moods. Moods can be treated. It helps that you go with her to the doctor so another perspective is brought. The doc knows about the possibility of this change and should be helping. Be sure it is her rheumatologist and not another. Having a disease also takes its toll. Sometimes one more med just takes you over the top and it is too hard to deal with it.
You did not say how high her dose is. It also does not say what other meds she is on. Prednisone is not the only medication that affects a person. As for the slow motion response, I have never experienced this. At very high doses muscles are affected and legs feel slower, heavier. Is this what you mean? My muscle disease makes me slow anyway, so unable to know for me. Please provide a full list of meds. we can help with more info,
24 Jun 2012
Hi. I used to take 80 mg of prednisone a day! Yes, there are many side effects that I experienced and thinking clearly was not an easy task. My mind was so racy that I couldn't keep my thoughts together. Even though she seems to be in slow motion, her mind is probably running a million miles an hour. It is okay but have her talk to the doctor about this and maybe the doc can change the dosage and make it easier for her to function! If you want to email me you can.
Tell your Mom to hang in there. It gets better! Many Blessings,
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