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Old 08-15-2009, 10:41 AM   #1
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prednisone relief!

While nothing definite doc is leaning toward lupus.....and while I have two separate issues going on (bad cervical spine and wrist/knuckles/fingers) he did start me on Plaquenil and Vit D July 3rd. This visit he also really looked at my hands and told me I had Raynolds as they were bluish! I kept saying no, they don't get white or painful in the cold. Humph! Plaquenil hasn't had enough time to show any results, so this week he agreed to do a trial of prednisone 5 mg a day and I am to phone him in 2 weeks with results. I got the Rx and took 5mg at 5 pm that day and then the next morning before going to work. At lunchtime I noticed my wristwatch was hanging around my wrist like a bracelet and I could fully close my fingers into a fist! Also my neck pain had dropped to a '1'. It was the first pain free day I have had in almost a year!!! So will get a repeat Vit D lab test, and a baseline osteoporsis x-ray thing (I'm 62.) Next month, I may consider a pulmonary function test for my increasing episodes of hitting a brick wall when taking a breath (just sometimes.)

My GERD had gotten worse, awakening me with dry hacking cough, or cough after I awaken in the am. He gave me a trial pack of Kapidex (dexlansoprazole) as it is a delayed release med, to see if it will last longer than the priliosec otc.

I know this was done mostly as a diagnostic challenge, but it sure felt good! And thanks to this board, I now have my own copy of the latest edition of Wallace's book. It has really helped me connect the dots!

Just thought I would report in with my good news

 
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:53 AM   #2
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Re: prednisone relief!

sk84life ... that is FANTASTIC! relief is always welcome!

chat to your pharmacist about the best time of day to take pred. after taking it for over 2 years a pharmacist happen to mention that it could mess with your sleep ... i had been on sleeping pills then i started taking it in the morning which really helped!

my sympathy on the reflux ... it is something else! i also suffer from it a lot (no reason or dx yet ... on the list) but i can tell you that i notice triggers (like onions ... sob sob i love onions) i have had mild relief with altosec ... nexium did nada for me!

my experience with raynauds has not always been painful (my simple patient understanding) is that it is a constriction of the vessels and oxygen is not getting to that specific part ... so the colour change is mostly what i get and not just from the cold - worse with cold but stress also does a number.

thank you for the good news & good luck!

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Old 08-17-2009, 02:10 PM   #3
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Re: prednisone relief!

Yeah, being without chronic high level pain is fantastic!!
I tried the new GERD med but oh the gas it created was not for me! So went back to the Prilosec OTC and a zantac at bedtime.....

Saw PT person today but TENS unit had not arrived. I made him check my neck muscles and even he was impressed with how they have softened.

I do notice by evening that my hands start to tighten up a little but that's okay.....at least I am painfree at work.

Thanks for your reply!

 
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