I had to have open heart surgery due to the aneurism from this disease. My head never feels 100 % right. disease? prednisone?
No. Most people make a full recovery, but long-term treatment (for 1 to 2 years or longer) may be needed. The condition may return at a later date.
I was put on prednisone a year ago in November for GCA and PMR. I started at 30 mg and am now down to 20. Every time I have tried to taper the headaches come on like gang bangers. I have developed diabetes 2,glaucoma and have had a few bad episodes of steroid rage. Who is that horrible person who tears her ugly head these days. I also have MS which I thought was the most horrible thing in the world until GCA and prednisone. In over a year the inflammation hasn’t decreased at all. A month ago my rheumatologist put me on a very new and very expensive drug called Actemra. It is given by injection. I am feeling hopeful about it and sure would like to taper right off the prednisone so I don’t have to look like Jabba the Hutt for the rest of my life. I can’t look at myself in a mirror. Good luck to everyone who is dealing with GCA.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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