... anyone else out there that my be taking it for this condition and any problems they may have encountered? It seems like one has to stay on this for an undetermined amount of time to resolve it?
I have just been started on prednisone for Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I'm looking for any input from?
Question posted by K-Love Listener on 6 July 2012
Last updated on 15 December 2018
I have been on prednisolone for 2 years for polymyalgia rheumatica as part of trial involving Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
Started at 15mg per day and gradually reduced to zero. Symptoms in arms, shoulders and neck went away within a week or two. No apparent side effects.
I also have a chronic back problem and prednisolone seemed to help this a little while I was taking it, probably due reduced inflammation.
Whilst I was taking pred I was also on Alendronic Acid to help retain calcium and Calceos calcium tablets. Some people seem to need to stay on a low dose, but seems better to cut it out completely, if possible. I plan to keep taking the Alendronic Acid and Calceos for a few more weeks to be safe as pred can give rise to osteoporosis otherwise.
I have been on prednisone since september and have had allot of side affects. First my eyesight went, I could no longer see far and I never needed glasses to read email and then I did, I have lost 30 pounds since september and my blood sugar went from normal to reading in the high 350 level. The good news is the prednsone did help with the polymyalgia rheumatica until I started going off it. I have not gained the weight back which is not good because I have lost all my muscle , but my eye sight is back to normal and I have gone on metformin to correct the blood sugar and is working fine. I got down to 7mg of prednisone but some of the pain has returned so my Dr, has me back up to 10mg for a while. Hope this helps
Been on prednisone for over seven years now. Just went back to twenty today because of pain. Much less pain at twenty and above. Vicodin helps but makes me anxious. I have polymyositis and interstitial lung disease. Long periods of pred above forty up to sixty and for a while eighty. So I know the ins and outs a bit. At thirty and above split the dose. Half in am and half in pm. Easier on the system and told by my Rhuemy to do so. Therapeutic level is constant.
My disease will,have me on prednisone indefinitely. However, my Rhuemy also prescribes prednisone reducing meds to go with it. You need to also be on Fosamax or one of the bone strengthening meds. Essential. 1200mg calcium, I use chewables, and the Vit D. Get tested again to be sure you are taking enough. It varies over time.
This is also hard on the stomach. Be sure you are given a med to protect you from acid reflux. Guaranteed to happen considering you will have days where you are lying done more than sitting upright or being active. Always take with food. Something with fiber like fruit or grains helps considerably on reducing stomach issues when you take it.
More questions? Many are here to answer. Wishing you a better day. Karen
I have been on Prednisone for Polymyalgia for almost 3 yrs now. My doctor told me when I first started taking it that if I take it right before going to bed that I may have problems going to sleep so I take it first thing of the morning. I can't say I have had any problems with taking the pred so far. But I was told to make sure I take a calcium vitamin daily because pred may make your bones brittle.
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