I have found i like the way prednisone makes me have energy. i seem more alert, i don’t have any pains. I have been self medicating with prednisone for over 15 years. I have a learned to come up with different stories every few months for my doctor, ear aches, arthritis acting up etc. this gets me a round of the typical, take six pills and taper down to one. I break it down to 5-10 mg a day until it gone. I know, this is stupid. However, it’s got me through the last few years. I am 64 yrs old now and starting to have neuropathy in my feet. Other than that I’m very healthy. I’m nervous about talking to my doctor about the prednisone, thinking he may stop giving me the prednisone I’ve leaned to depend on. Can the prednisone be causing the neuropathy from long term use? Or any other problems i may no be aware of yet? I hope someone out there can help, i have had this question for a few years now and no one to ask.
Long term use of prednisone?
Question posted by Billy Tyson Sr on 31 Dec 2021
Last updated on 1 January 2022
Long-term use of prednisone may lead to bone loss and osteoporosis. It can cause changes in the distribution of body fat which together with fluid retention and weight gain may give your face a moon-like appearance.
Stretch marks, skin thinning, and excessive facial hair growth are also not uncommon. Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should let their doctor know before they take prednisone. Prednisone may be given in low doses to women who are breastfeeding a baby for the treatment of certain conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or for an allergic reaction.
Thank you for taking the time to help answer my question.
You are welcome.
You should not self-medicate with steroids. They have so many adverse side effects, the dose and the taper should be done with medical supervision. You are right, it is stupid, and I can't understand how your doctor can hand them out willy nilly.
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