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I've been suffering with breathlessness, chronic thick post nasal drip and sinus congestion for over 2 years. My PCP diagnosed me with COPD and prescribed Symbicort. But she didn't do any tests and the Symbicort didn't seem to be doing anything so I finally went to a pulmonologist. He did a spirometer test and I scored 96% which indicates no COPD but he decided to treat my symptoms anyway. He prescribed antibiotics for 5 days, Spiriva and prednisone 80 mg a day for 7 days. But I misunderstood the directions and I took 40 milligrams for 14 days. Nobody ever said anything about the need to taper off so I went cold turkey. Now I'm sick with muscle weakness, shakiness, extreme fatigue, diarrhea and nausea on top of the post nasal drip and sinus congestion. I think I am having prednisone withdrawal symptoms and after researching it on the internet I am very afraid that I'm going to be sick for a long time, maybe forever. I'm wondering if I'm just suffering from anxiety or--if I have a real reason to be concerned. Has anybody else gone cold turkey and what was the recovery like?
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