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It appears that I am very sensitive to the withdrawal effects when decreasing the dose of Prednisone. After a couple trial-&-error attempts, I found a schedule in another thread that has been extremely helpful. It's taken many, many weeks to get from 20 to 17.5mg.
Then I got pneumonia, for the 3rd time in 6 months, and the pulmonologist put me on a rapid 40-30-20 taper. I was nervous, but she promised the withdrawal effects aren't bad at high doses. The 40 to 30 drop was OK. The 30 to 20 drop is a crisis. I feel like I'm made of lead, hurting all over (joints and muscles--and I rarely have muscle pain with my RA), can't eat. I am pretty sure this is due to the prednisone, and not a flare, because the symptoms are a little bit different, and this happened before when I tried to decrease the dose too fast.
Is there anything I can do now to relieve these symptoms? Pain meds aren't helping. I've greatly increased water intake, thinking I can flush it out. I'm running out of sick days at work! But there's no way I can lie around like a slug there and people not notice.
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