Osteoarthritis - Does Prednisone give you energy, and make you feel better ?
Question posted by pain2bgone on 2 April 2013
Last updated on 6 July 2019 by llevi12345
I was just put on 20mg of Prednisone for a sever infection. My infection was so bad I couldn't swallow or move. Within hours it started working wonders. I am on day 3 of prednisone and antibiotics and I feel better than before I was sick. I have a tremendous amount of energy, low appetite (but still eating well-balanced foods) and am more motivated. Only downside is I wake up really early now and can't fall back asleep (5am). Despite that, I wish I could extend my refills for longer!
I would do research on this med for this condition! I'm not very knowledgeable about this medication or to be honest your condition I'm an RN for labor And delivery! All's I do know is this medication lists your condition as something that can get worse from this medication! I hope you find something that helps!
Depending upon the dose level one can become hyper. At around 40mg per day or higher I start staying awake for longer periods and feel energetic. However, outside observers say I am way over board and very hyper. It feels better than the more painful lower levels but is scattered attention and quick loss of interest. Since I am bed bound at those times I don't have a chance to do something stupid. Don't drive, for sure.
The effect is artificial and just like people who get very hungry from certain levels, it can be very erratic and not healthy at all to be rather manic.
If it is working, the Osteo will be reduced in pain as the inflammation is reduced. It is very individual and if you are getting good results, go with it. If you find yourself unable to sleep, call the doctor right away. Something else is going on or you need to go about this differently. High doses are split, half at night and half in morning.
Stay strong. It is a tough disease. Karen
The times I have been on Prednisone were for severe allergic reactions to other medications, but I can tell you it sure helped with pain.
It is used as an anti-inflammatory so can help alot if you have alot of inflammation from arthritis, but being that it is a corticosteroid it also weakens your immune system so long term used is usually not a good idea as you risk developing infections and can easily get sick.
I know my hubbie's uncle took it for 6 months for inflammation and never did have a return of symptoms afterwards.
I didnt experience this either. It did help some with the ache but otherwise, I felt no difference and I gain a lot of weight every time I get any kind of steroid so I am not overly fond of taking them.
I think everyone is different with this. I have heard many people say that it does make them feel better and that they have so much more energy than when not taking a steroid, but I myself do not experience this. I hope that you do. Best of luck!
- Prednisone uses and safety info
- Prednisone prescribing info & package insert (for Health Professionals)
- Side effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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