Top
20
Doctor insights on: Prednisone Joints Bone

Share
Dr. Thomas Namey
2,555 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
How fast oral prednisone work on joint pain?

How fast oral prednisone work on joint pain?

Usually within a day: Or earlier. But consequences and side-effects emerge with too much for too long. A quick fix, but usually not the long term one! Especially for arthritis! ...Read more

3

3
My joints are hurting. Just the normal prednisone side effects. Will this end?

My joints are hurting. Just the normal prednisone side effects. Will this end?

May not be: This may depend on what you are being treated with and for what. We sometimes see joint complaints from tapering perdnisone. That means as the dose drops joints can hurt. This is called steroid withdrawal rheumatism. You need to discuss this with your physician ...Read more

4

4
How long does it take for prednisone to work for joint pain. I'm taking 10mg for 3 days then 20mg for the remainder of 2 weeks just started today?

How long does it take for prednisone to work for joint pain. I'm taking 10mg for 3 days then 20mg for the remainder of 2 weeks just started today?

Depends on cause: How quickly Prednisone works, if it works at all, depends on the cause of the joint pain. If you have an inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid it may start helping within days. If you have severe bone on bone osteoarthritis it may not help at all that may only be helped with an injection into the joint. ...Read more

5

5
How do I treat inflamed sternomanubrial joint? Prednisone is not working.

How do I treat inflamed sternomanubrial joint? Prednisone is not working.

DMSO: Try DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide). DMSO (aka horse liniment) is a powerful anti-inflammatory pain reliever. It's available in health food stores and feed stores (agriculture and veterinary supplies). It's usually available as a 99% liquid, and a lower strength gel and roll-on. The liquid works well, but may be drying or irritating to some people with sensitive skin. Just apply it daily. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
What can I do to stop joint pain as a side effect from prednisone?

What can I do to stop joint pain as a side effect from prednisone?

Need to know what: We need to know what type of joint pain. To some this will be counter intuitive as prednisone can help some types of joint pain. We need to know what type of health problem you are are taking prednisone for. Is the pain you have joint, or muscle? What other medical issues do you have?
Your physicians will help you clarify these issues. ...Read more

8

8
I've got stills im 23, my joints r swollen I've been on prednisone high doses for months, I've had cort. Shots in knees, n ntfs don't work, what will help?

I've got stills im 23, my joints r swollen I've been on prednisone high doses for months, I've had cort. Shots in knees, n ntfs don't work, what will help?

Other Rx: Even though tnfs did not help, there are other biologic agents which have shown good results. One drug is Kineret (anakinra) which works on il-1 (interleukin-1) instead of tumor necrosis factor (tnf). Be sure to let your rheumatologist know that you are still in pain and that you cannot taper off the steroids. ...Read more

9

9
On top of bone deterioration, what other side effects from prolong use of prednisone?

On top of bone deterioration, what other side effects from prolong use of prednisone?

Long list: The big ones besides osteoporosis are diabetes, avasculr necrosis, weight gain, cataracts, glaucoma among others.

However; if you have a condition that warrants being on Prednisone where doctor feels that benefits outweight the risks you should consider taking the medication. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

11

11
I'm a 16y/o boy who is 5'1. I am scared about my height because of prednisone use at age 12-14. My bone age is 15. Will I grow any more?

I'm a 16y/o boy who is 5'1. I am scared about my height because of prednisone use at age 12-14. My bone age is 15. Will I grow any more?

Should grow more: Most with a bone maturity of 15 y have at least an inch or two more they will grow. I wouldn't expect six, but you should get some. Expected genetic height (without prednisone effect) would be the average of your parents plus 2.5 inches +/-. ...Read more

12

12
Intermittent "bone pain" feeling in tibia for 3 days (at rest), unrelated to activity/injury. Could bone cyst explain it? Or prior prednisone use?

Sometimes: Prednisone can cause both bone and joint problems. If you have had long treatment courses of prednisone, it could weaken the bone and make you more susceptible to stress fractures though I would expect some pain with weight bearing. Bone cysts unlikely in your age group. As always, if pain persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

13

13
I am only 125 lbs taking 20mg prednisone daily and only getting slight relief for severe joint pain morning stiffness. Normal? Making my BP high also

Unusual treatment: 26 yo female notes ineffectiveness of prednisone for widespread pain; apparently absent any specific diagnosis. This is inappropriate. An Osteopath or Rheumatologist should be consulted. Fibromyalgia might be a consideration, and a specific diagnosis is needed in order to initiate rational medical therapy. ...Read more

14

14
If I am on 20mg prednisone daily for severe joint pain and morning stiffness should I feel 100% relief or will I still have pain? Feel slightly better

If I am on 20mg prednisone daily for severe joint pain and morning stiffness should I feel 100% relief or will I still have pain? Feel slightly better

Should help: Prednisone is a potent anti inflammatory agent. At that dose, it suggests you have inflammatory joint disease. While most pain should be improved with this dose, you may also benefit from NSAIDs as well. Discuss this with your prescribing doc. ...Read more

16

16
I have ra. Weaned myself off prednisone. Having joint pain. What to do?

I have ra. Weaned myself off prednisone. Having joint pain. What to do?

See below: With ra, and in flare, you may need to be restarted on steroids again such as prednisone. Pain meds such as anti-inflammatory can help with pain in the meantime, however, you will need other meds that can acts like a maintenance medication, some are oral like methotrexate, some injectables like remicade (infliximab). A rheumatologist will need to see you for evaluation and further treatment. ...Read more

18

18
I have been trying to taper off prednisone from a colitis flare up. It has been horrible and my joints have become so sore every time I hit the 10 mg?

I have been trying to taper off prednisone from a colitis flare up. It has been horrible and my joints have become so sore every time I hit the 10 mg?

Other meds?: If you have severe enough crohns disease that it requires prednisone, it is unlikely that you will be able to just taper off without the use of a steroid sparing agent such as biological agents (ie. Remicade) or immunomodulators (mercaptopurine). See your gastroenterologist or am did a referral
to an ibd subspecialist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
Neurosarcoidosis. Having bad joint pain for few days. First time with this symptom. On 20mg prednisone. Is it the sarcoid or the steroids? Ty

Neurosarcoidosis. Having bad joint pain for few days. First time with this symptom. On 20mg prednisone. Is it the sarcoid or the steroids? Ty

Impossible to say: It is impossible to say with knowing your complete history and doing a thorough evaluation. Ask the doctors who care for you or see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

20

20
My wife, 33weeks pregnant. Diagnosed with itp. Given prednisone then now ivig. If still failed, then bone marrow. Is that a big risk? Now 36weeks

No: Itp can occur late in pregnancy. Performing a bone marrow on a pregnant patient in experienced hands is typically not a great risk. I do not use sedation, but topical numbing agent with numbing of the top of the bone and skin. Well done risks are pain, low risk of bleeding and low risk of infection. Many times, if patients fail prednisone, ivig we use rituxan (rituximab). Make sure itp diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Stratos Christianakis
1,189 Doctors shared insights

Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more