I Love Prednisone

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Although the last week was a nightmare, I was confident that with enough prednisone I could get better. The papules, for the most part, are drying up and fading. I’m not sure if there will be scars or not. Unfortunately I did scratch them. The large area of whelps is on my lower back and finally fading.

Last night was the first night I could skip benadryl with my prednisone. The ER doctor thought that would happen 4 days ago, but I’m just thrilled that it would work! Today is the first day without ice packs, too. It is a truly amazing feeling to be getting back to ‘my normal’.

Hubby and I learned many things through this disaster:

  • don’t hesitate to go to the ER
  • don’t travel when you’re titrating a new drug
  • don’t travel when you’re already feeling worse than usual
  • be realistic about your limitations
  • try plan B when you see your GP next

Because I’m sick every day, I just expect pain and/or other terrible symptoms. It seems like one medication is for a disease and the next medicine is to deal with the side-effects from the first medicine. Do you have that feeling….

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I’ve stopped drugs before, after talking to my doctor, if they had unbearable side-effects. Just the same, some drugs cause side-effects and I just continue taking them anyway. Reasons for doing that include: I really want to attack this health problem, and I don’t always feel like advocating for myself.

How will the doctor know what’s happening if I don’t tell them. After years of being dismissed or gaslighted, I did get hesitant to keep bringing up new or existing health problems. There is also a lack of self-worth that this causes. Having grown up with this type of treatment, it’s a real inner battle to break out of that pattern.

I’m extremely thankful that God helped me through this horrible experience. There was much begging in my prayers. When I was at my worst point I wondered if death was possible. I’ve had a few reactions that could have led to death, according to the doctors. Did I say how much I love Prednisone?

@23copyright, Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my experiences and opinions, and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern please contact your personal physician.

2 thoughts on “I Love Prednisone”

  1. I am glad it works for you. I am not too fond of prednisone. A few years ago I caught the ‘flu’ & ended up with pneumonia so had to have a week’s course of prednisone which really helped & after a couple of weeks I was better but for the next couple of years I noticed a deterioration in my sight. I was born with congenital cataracts that were tiny & didn’t grow so would never cause me any problems..until I took the prednisone which made them grow & I ended up having my lenses replaced in both eyes at the age of 44. Prednisone promotes fast healing but can make other things inside your body have a rapid growth that you don’t want. My doctor said that it is not that uncommon but we are not told that when we are prescribed it. I am really glad that it helped you though.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your serious side effect. Prednisone can certainly cause it’s share of them. My dad had to take heavy doses years ago for histoplasmosis was stealing his vision. They did stop the attack, but left him with dependence with his asthma. He always hated it, but there are pros and cons. We all hope that side effects aren’t too severe, but oftentimes, they are.

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