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New to this Forum and recently diagnosed. I am a 39 year old male and have recently been diagnosed with RA. I was given prednisolone just before Christmas and this took the swelling down but joints that previously wasn’t giving me grieve started to. My sleep pattern was also disturbed in that I was getting around 2 hours sleep before pain woke me up and then would spent time trying to get comfortable before giving up and getting up. My family live around 2 hours away and due to issues over Christmas I had to drive to see them 3 times in 6 days. I had no swelling but the day after each drive was a wipe-out for me, painful and exhausted did I do too much? or did prednisolone not work for me?. I did blame the 'done too much' until I went back to work, I reduced the prednisolone in line with the prescription and found myself at work feeling like that I had been spiked (punch-drunk, dizzy, drowsy, unsteady). As I have to drive quite a bit for work this left me feeling unsafe so I visited my doctor (very unsympathetic by the way) and he advised reducing my prednisolone quicker to come off it. Here the problem as I reduced prednisolone the swelling has started to come back and with more pain. I have read on this and other forums only positive feedback regarding Prednisolone, As anyone else had problems with prednisolone? it may be worth adding that I have had the steroid injection twice before and each time it only worked for around a week or so.
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