Discussions that mention prednisone

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If you can at all avoid prednisone, please do. It destroyed my mom's stomach, bones(causing disc fractures) muscle tissue(weakness, falls, etc.) along with all the other ill effects of high blood pressure, buffalo hump, weakness, tiredness and insomnia. None of those effects were related to her polymyagia. She's been in and out of hosptials and nursing homes, still suffering. She got scabies from the nursing home and has been trying to get rid of them for months....they go then come back......prednisone supressed the immune system which usually can help kill them off....this becomes very important when the scabies become immune to the prescribed pesticides!

So after only 8 years of prednisone, even at eventual low doses, she's pretty much wheelchair bound...well, she can get up with a walker for the short walk to her bathroom, although she did fall(legs gave out suddenly) again awhile back. My dad takes care of her but he's old too. I know some of her stuff is age but then again, 8 years ago she had normal bone density, was pretty strong and rarely got sick or had infections at all ( but now, oh yeah, the constant yeast and urinary symptoms and infections due to poor immune system caused by prednisone have been fun for her too).

Alternatives for inflammatory symptoms include fish oil (which is a natural anti-inflammatory and blood thinner) and dietary changes like less meat, dairy and margarines/omega 6 oils, and more fruits, veggies and antioxidant foods like dark choc and green tea.

The fish oil is very important along with some dietary fish and nuts like walnuts for more Omega 3's.

My humble advice: avoid prednisone unless it means life or death.
[QUOTE]Alternatives for inflammatory symptoms include fish oil (which is a natural anti-inflammatory and blood thinner) and dietary changes like less meat, dairy and margarines/omega 6 oils, and more fruits, veggies and antioxidant foods like dark choc and green tea.

The fish oil is very important along with some dietary fish and nuts like walnuts for more Omega 3's.

My humble advice: avoid prednisone unless it means life or death.
yeah everyone has been saying that to me, the exact same diet. a firl a work mentioned all of the above, I might as well try it, when my doctor told me how strong one pred is. and compared it to takeing my avair (staroid for asthma) for 20 years everyday would = one pred. I couldn't believe it. but you never really hear to much about side effects. I took my last pred last night, was up all night, and now I'm up all day. its now 8 and I should try and get some sleep.
Just a short note to all on this thread,

I also have rheumatoid arthritis. I do take prednisone. If you want to get off of this drug, you should only do so with the help of your Rheumy dr. It must be done very slowly.

Also, a pregnant woman can only take a few of the rheumatoid drugs. I am taking one of them (not pregnant, but have open sores). It is very mild and is called Sulfasalazine. I take 3 pills, 2 x day. Amount will vary per person.

Hope yall find what suits your particular illness and body. I am working on a new pain med., but until then, I will take my 4 - 5 drugs, including prednisone.

Take care.

Wannabe