Good morning! I am sorry to have been so long away. I've been nursing my annual SinuBronchAsthmaSitis. The good news is, I have been on Prednisone for a few weeks and am not only feeling better, but my Psoriatic Arthritis symptoms are minimal. Such is the cycle. We treat with immunosuppression therapy until we get an infection, then have to forego treatment for antibiotics and steroids, which make us feel wonderful! At 30 mg. of Prednisone per day, I was pain free! Prior to Bronchitis, I was walking with my cane, taking two Percocet every day and was still in pain. The change in my symptoms was so drastic that my Primary Care Physician suggested I ask to remain on a maintenance dose of Prednisone along with my Remicade and Methotrexate.
Encouraged by the idea I could feel like Super Woman every day, I called my Rheumatologist to ask if I could stay on 30 mg. Prednisone. Big mistake. He is not a fan of this idea, citing the risks of additional weight gain, glaucoma, osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Ugh! Was that a disappointing day! I was all ready to take on the World and be able to work past the age of 50. I was encouraged by the idea of staying on because I know many other patients with different chronic illnesses who take Prednisone regularly and a safely as they can. Rheumy agreed to let me stay on 10 mg. per day through my cruise to the Bahamas, so I might better enjoy myself. I will see him on Friday for my next infusion and blood work. Perhaps we can talk further, then.
Here is some science about Prednisone, how it works and why it is risky:
I know my Rheumatologist has my utmost well being at heart and I trust him implicitly. I am hoping to strike a balance with quality of life and safety. It is possible he may take me off these in April. I can only hope that my stint these few weeks were enough to calm the inflammation and allow the Remicade and Methotrexate to be more effective than they were prior to acute illness.
In closing, I have written a love poem to Prednisone. Hope you enjoy it!