Hi There:
The last post I discussed that I was on Prednisone for two months due to low platelet counts and that I was going to taper off on my own. I had been tapered somewhat from 60, 40. Due to the awful side effects I tapered down to 30 myself. Well the prednisone did elevate the platlets somewhat but the risks far outweighed the benefits. I kept wondering why lately I was urinating constantly and was so very thirsty. It didn't occur to me that my blood glucose level was elevated. I should have recognized the signs . Diabetes runs in the family although I do not have it. Well, last week my doctor decided to check and my blood glucose level was 400!! Also, I had noticed that my blood presssure was like a runaway train. NOW the doctor wants me to taper off in 10 days. I said skip that, and I'm tapering in just a few days at 5 mg. I'm on diabetic pills, a strict diet and now have a monitor to measure my blood sugar. I can't manage to get a reading on the stupid machine without sticking my finger 5 times. I am beyond P*****. I can't believe this crap. Of course, according to research, after this poison is out of my system things should stabilize. But what if it doesn't. What if it activated some sort of gene and now I've been pushed into diabetes prematurely? My friend said her father who is a diabetic had been hospitalized and he was already on the pills and now has to take insulin in addition to the pills. Situation never reversed. So my Hemotologist said don't worry things will stabilize. These doctors need to be on these medications themselves so they can experience first hand the devastating side effects instead of quoting some academic dribble.