Now & then, I see a member talking about taking prednisone. I probably know more about this drug than 99% of the members, since I have been on it for 30 years for chronic hives.
With that said, I just wanted to let you know a couple of things about this stuff.
#1- it is very important that you take this exactly as prescribed, which will be some kind of tapering dose. The reason is that when you take it, your adrenal glands basically go to sleep, & you need your adrenal glands to live. So if you decide you don't like it, or it has weird side effects, make sure you don't just quit your pack halfway through without checking with your Dr first. I'm not sure what the tapering schedule is for those of you who take the packs, I'm guessing starting at a high dose & going down 5 or 10 mg a day over a week or two. I'm on 10 mg a day, which is a relatively low dose, but if I were to try & get off of it, it would take about a year of tapering to "wake up" my adrenal glands, & not go through pretty awful withdrawals. I've had 2 remissions in 30 years, & went off it too fast, & it was miserable.
#2 - if you read the possible side effects, besides the stuff listed with just about all drugs I.e. trouble breathing, dizziness, depression, you know the usual stuff, it also talks about a puffy face, irability, etc, as well as things like loss of bone density, liver damage, glaucoma, etc. Of course, if you have questions about side effects of any drugs, you should talk to your dr or pharmacist, but the serious side effects like bone loss, glaucoma, etc are usually not going to be an issue if you take it once and awhile, it's people like me who have been on it long term that have to worry about that stuff. However, one side effect that almost always happens is what they call the "moon face", which freaks people out because all of a sudden your face is fat! That side effect will go away once you stop taking it, so far as I know, & from my own experience. Through the years, those close to me have been able to tell by my face when my hives were flaring really bad, & I had to up my dose. You should have seen me during my first pregnancy when I was on 40 mg a day for about 6 months; talk about a fat face!
One other thing too, is that it's very easy to gain weight, so you do want to watch while you eat, because as we all know, we can gain weight quickly but losing it is a whole nother story! I didn't have much of a weight issue when I was much younger, but now in my 40's...
I've had a Dr tell me that prednisone is in many ways worse for your body than heroin because of the many potential side effects for long term users. On the other hand, it is considered a miracle drug because it can reduce the swelling in everything as minor as poison oak to brain swelling. It as also used by a lot of asthma patients, & given to pregnant mothers who are in danger of delivering before the baby's lungs are fully developed to speed up the process.
#3- at least as far as my hives go, it is not a fast acting drug. My hives don't just go away 20 minutes after taking it, takes several hours. I'm guessing it would be the same for any type of swelling, which might make it seem like it's not working. If your dr prescribes it, you may want to ask your dr how long it will take to work if it's going to work, so you know what to expect.
Given it's ability to reduce all kinds of swelling, I can see why drs might want Spiney's to try it, & how it could be helpful for a bad flare up.
So if anyone who has taken it for back issues, I am curious to know if it helped you or not if you feel like responding to this thread. I hope it helped you, at least a little, & if you aren't familiar with it, I hope this information is helpful. I've learned a lot in the short time since I joined this forum, & I want to help others as they've helped me, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask,
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