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I have polymyalgia, take 10 mg of predisone a day, will the prednisone fight infection or just control pain?

I have polymyalgia, take 10 mg of predisone a day, will the prednisone fight infection or just control pain?

Treats the disease: If you are referring to polymyalgia rheumatica, steroids treat the underlying inflammatory process which results in resolution of your pain. Over time your disease should go away. Steroids do not fight infection and in fact can make infections worse. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I have been taking prednisolone for polymyalgia. But recently I have been getting sharp pain. Why?

I have been taking prednisolone for polymyalgia. But recently I have been getting sharp pain. Why?

Where: I am unclear with a sharp pain is. If it is in all the muscles at this dose of Prednisolone it may not be related to polymyalgia. If it is generalized pain it would suggest the body perception has become more sensitized to pain. If it is in the head i would even be concerned about temporal arteritis. Your evaluation will look at these issues. ...Read more

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What exactly is polymyalgia Rheumatica? Cause? Am taking predisone 5mg 1x daily. Any other recommendations? Anything shouldn't/should do?

What exactly is polymyalgia Rheumatica? Cause?   Am taking predisone 5mg 1x daily. Any other recommendations? Anything shouldn't/should do?

See details: Too many questions to answer in the space allotted. PMR is probably an autoimmune disease characterized by proximal muscle pain and stiffness. About 10% of cases are also associated with a condition known as giant cell arteritis. Prednisone is the treatment of choice. If you want to discuss in more detail, please request a private conversation. ...Read more

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I have been taking prednisolone for four years for polymyalgia. Recently I have been getting sharp pains back, what do I do?

I have been taking prednisolone for four years for polymyalgia. Recently I have been getting sharp pains back, what do I do?

Consider nutrition: First, go to your physician and get checked out. Since Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory med, see if you can take charge and start to heal yourself by eating an anti-inflammatory diet (find online). If you are feeling better, after a few months work with your doctor to see if you can slowly wean yourself off. Other anti-infl foods include tumeric, ginger, rosemary, apples, onions, etc. ...Read more

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Shingles or not? I have electrical shooting pain near my left ear going towards the eye. No rash. Very painful. I have had this pain for 5 days. Since I am taking predisone daily for polymyalgia could that keep the rash away? The pain is similar to when i

Shingles or not? I have electrical shooting pain near my left ear going towards the eye. No rash. Very painful. I have had this pain for 5 days. Since I am taking predisone daily for polymyalgia could that keep the rash away? The pain is similar to when i

A : A board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon may be able to help with the diagnosis and to rule out a dental source for the pain..Typically shingles affects the distribution of a major nerve trunk. I would expect more of an affected area, involving either the forehead or cheek area if it were shingles involving the area you describe. The lesions of shingles should have appeared withing five days of you experiencing the the sensation. ...Read more

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I was prescribed prednisolone steroids and have been having constant infections/health problems ever since. Should I stop taking it?

I was prescribed prednisolone steroids and have been having constant infections/health problems ever since. Should I stop taking it?

Discuss with doctor: Have a discussion with your doctor regarding the benefits and risks of prednisolone in your particular case. Long term steroids use is definitely associated with many adverse health effects but is not prescribed casually so I assume there is a good reason you're on it. This drug should not be stopped abruptly. ...Read more

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Since prednisolone and other steroids mask signs of an infection, what happens if I am infected while taking the drug?

Since prednisolone and other steroids mask signs of an infection, what happens if I am infected while taking the drug?

Danger: The infection can spread like wildfire. Steroids suppress the immune system, so infectious that normally would not be serious can become very dangerous. Prevention is critical. Wash your hands. Be careful of your hygiene. Avoid contact with sick people. ...Read more

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Was prescribed prednisolone steroids. Having constant infections/health problems since. What do you recommend?

Was prescribed prednisolone steroids. Having constant infections/health problems since. What do you recommend?

Corticosteroids: These drugs interfere with immune mechanisms in several ways. Without knowing why you were given these, what your underlying immune function is and whether you are still taking these cannot recommend anything other than seeing and discussing this with the doctor who prescribed them. ...Read more

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Prednisolone (Definition)

Prednisolone is a form of medication know as a steroid--the active metabolite of prednisone. Used similarly, both medications are useful in the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or asthma. In certain medical situations Prednisolone may be ...Read more