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The use of prednisone is a topic that is highly charged in some circles. My point of view is that we all need to weigh the pros and cons of using steroids in light of our own individual circumstances.
Prednisone was the first medication that gave me relief from the unrelenting pain that was making my life a nightmare. It was prescribed by my orthopedic doctor while I was waiting to get in to see a rheumatologist. That was in March of 2010. I have not been completely off of prednisone since.
I know several people who cannot take prednisone because of other health issues, and I feel for them. My best friend is has Type 1 diabetes and uses an insulin pump. Her blood sugar levels get dangerously high if she is given prednisone. She can take Toradol, an NSAID, which is a blessing for her.
One of the biggest “issues” with prednisone is the weight gain factor. Prednisone actually causes weight to be redistributed to the face, abdomen and back, and it makes a ...
I have always had a love-hate relationship with prednisone.
I don’t like to be on it. I was miserable when I was on it all the time, but not being on it, my pain significantly increased.
I was really stubborn, though, and when I was on prednisone on an “as needed” basis, I probably only took it once a month.
The last time I was at my rheumatologist’s, he suggested going back on steroids full time, but rather than putting me back on prednisone, he suggested that I try methylprednisolone.
He told me that while prednisone is the go-to, default steroid in the United States, methylprednisolone is the default in Europe.
You might think a steroid is a steroid , because that is sort of what I thought, too, but my experience suggests otherwise.
A cursory search of PubMed, using the search term “prednisone” reveals 43,591 results and using the search term “methylprednisolone” reveals...
Hello Everyone! I just wanted to say that although prednisone can be a double edged sword, and it can cause big problems if used at high dosages for a long period of time............I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DRUG. It has helped me out of the dark abyss Lene talks about and back into the light.
Hope everyone is doing well.
Wishing you all many blessings,
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