Prednisone Pros And Cons

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Asked by andycolnago

Prednisone Pros And Cons

I have been on Prednisone for 3 months for PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica)and so far the pros have far outweighed the cons. PMR is an extremly painful condition that affects the shoulders and hips especially at night and early morning, I spent all of December and January sitting upright in a chair trying to sleep, untill I was diagnosed and prescribed Prednisone and oxycodone. I started at 25 mg and I'm now down to 15mg. The side effects that I do have are weight gain (about 10 pounds), mild mood swings and insomnia.I am an avid bicycle rider (25-35 training miles per day on week days a lot more over the weekend),I am 60 years old and now back on the bike. The strange thing is after about one month back in training I am much stronger this year than last even with the added weight. Last year, a solo, 30 mile hard ride I would average about 17 mph this week I went out on my same training ride at 19.4 mph, over 2 mph faster. Everything I read about Prednisone says that it wastes muscles,but I have become stronger. Is it possible that it's the Prednisone

Answer

Hi Andy,

So glad that you are feeling much better. PMR certainly does sound excruciating.

I don't know whether the prednisone is the cause of your increased speed on the bike. It is not the same type of steroid which is sometime used by folks to build muscle when training. But with less inflammation, your body may be functioning more efficiently.

Also, maybe the Oxycodone, which is helping your pain levels, is also allowing your muscles to be more relaxed which could help them be more efficient. In any case, it sounds wonderful.

Answered by Lisa Emrich