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Have lupus.Struggling with prednisone taper below 5mg (fog,muscle aches,stiff).Adrenal fxn normal.RheumMD referred me to endo to help w/ taper.Common?

Have lupus.Struggling with prednisone taper below 5mg (fog,muscle aches,stiff).Adrenal fxn normal.RheumMD referred me to endo to help w/ taper.Common?

Prednisone: If it's necessary to stay on 5 mgs of prednisone daily to suppress your lupus activity, this is considered a mild dose with little adverse side effects. However the least amount of prednisone needed, the better. In view of your lupus, I feel that the rheumatologist is better qualified to determine the proper prednisone dose to minimize the lupus activity and damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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Have lupus.Bad muscle aches/stiffness x months.Recent c3 &c4 were normal.OTC meds don't help.Took prednisone on my own x3 days.Feel better.OK to do?

Have lupus.Bad muscle aches/stiffness x months.Recent c3 &c4 were normal.OTC meds don't help.Took prednisone on my own x3 days.Feel better.OK to do?

Fine, but: How much you took? You can stop at this point, please take something to protect your stomach lining, like ranitidine or emeprazole OTC, call your doctor or schedule an appointment soon for evaluation, wish you wellness ...Read more

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16 Day headache some muscle aches, OTCs not helping. 5 days of prednisone and Claritin didn't help. Shot of taradol and Imitrex (sumatriptan) took the edge off?

16 Day headache some muscle aches, OTCs not helping. 5 days of prednisone and Claritin didn't help. Shot of taradol and Imitrex (sumatriptan) took the edge off?

Stop adding meds: You are adding useless medications to a headache which doesn't have a proper diagnosis yet. What you're doing by treating with "too much of a good thing" is that you're pushing the headache farther away from being easily treatable and toward "impossible to treat without hospitalization." I am a headache specialist and can help get a diagnosis first: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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What are possible causes of repeated ANA 1:640 where prednisone helps symptoms of rashes, fatigue, dizziness, jt &muscle aches when all other labs are (-)?

What are possible causes of  repeated ANA 1:640 where prednisone helps symptoms of rashes, fatigue, dizziness, jt &muscle aches when all other labs are (-)?

Lupus most likely: You are describing a complex of symptoms and findings consistent with lupus. The positive ana, rash and joint pain gives you a 75% likelihood fo having lupus. All these symptoms are responsive to prednisone. Looking for other possible areas of involvement such as blood or kidney abnormalities is important. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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When i stop taking prednisone my muscles ache and i feel bruised all over. Pharmacist says that's not true. Is this normal and why?

Not normal: The obvious questions are why are you taking Prednisone in the first place, how long were you taking it and what dose were you taking when you stopped it? Normally, tapering and eventually stopping Prednisone does not cause aches and bruising but the question cannot be answered unless you can provide more specific info. ...Read more

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Started prednisone 30mg 2x/day on tuesday. Tryong to determine if allergies are the problem. Very sore throat and achey muscles today. Super stressed.

Started prednisone 30mg 2x/day on tuesday. Tryong to determine if allergies are the problem. Very sore throat and achey muscles today. Super stressed.

Allergies: If your trying to determine if allergy is the problem, see an allergist or ENT doctor who does allergy evaluation and get skin testing done. You have to wait a couple weeks after completing steroids because that will suppress your reactions to testing. ...Read more

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Why doesn't my muscle ache after heavy workouts?

Why doesn't my muscle ache after heavy workouts?

Because what U think: is a heavy workout may B more cardio & not weight training. If U really challenge Ur muscles i guarantee you will B stiff & sore. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more