REDUCTION

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I have now got done to 7.5 mg of pred, been there four weeks now so i am going to try to reduce to 7mg, this time i have been rducing by ,5mg as it seems to work for me, and when i get to the point were i have to start reducing again i stay at that for at least a month(e. 7.5 get to 7, stay a month before try to reduce to 6.5)

I am also starting to try and reduce paracetomol as i dont want to get used to having 8 a day.

When i next see my doctor i will tell her what i am doing, she understands and i can talk to her.

Hope you all having a good day.

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  • Posted

    Hi Margaret, what are you taking the paracetamol for? In general it does not do much for PMR.

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      hi Ptolemy i hve RA and was told on top of mtx to take eight a day, i have managed without eight for two days just took two at ten before bed.n

      i feel i am putting too much meds in my body.

      i am having plenty of fresh turmeric, fresh ginger and more green tea.

      apart from the pain behind my ear and down my neck i seem to be coping.

      walking is difficult but thats with the mid foot OA, i was told when i had the injection three weeks ago on my hand , that the doctor has recommened me for injections in my feet. so we will see .

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      Hi Margaret.

      Thanks for this. I have PMR (coming up for 20 months) and am dropping down slowly to 8mg per day using DSNS.

      I was interested in your mid foot arthritis as I have had that in my right foot for many years to the point where I limped when walking. The steroids have definitely helped with that but, more significantly, rocker bottom shoes and a visit to a good podiatrist for custom made orthotics. I rarely limp now and walk quite well for reasonable distances.

      Good luck with it all.

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      Hi Judith i can hardly walk some days, which get me down as i was a walker going to the lakes, doing the three peaks etc and miss it all.

      i was lucky and had two pairs of shoes made on the NHS .i am waiting to see a podiatrist at chapel allerton to see if they can do anything more for me as the rhymi there seems to think these shoes are not good.

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      It was my a GP at our practice who gave me them, but this doctor who i see now (who may the way is really good listens and talks to me) who says that two many do more harm to the liver, and if i dont get any more relieve with the pain why take 8, so we are seeing how i go on taking less. The rheumy wants me to up my mtx, but i dont want too.

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      He is right, paracetamol are none too good for the liver if taken too much. If you stopped taking them altogether do you think it would make a difference? I don't blame you not wanting to increase the mtx!

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      Its a funny thing, because since i started taking my steroid in morning, then two hours later the folic acid in morning, then vitd after lunch, steroid at tea time, and magnesium at night i seem to be a bit better, i only took two paracetamol at bedtime last night as my neck pain was really bad, and so far today i have not taken paracetomol.

      but saying that i have just had really bad pain in my fingers, so i am going to keep trying. tonight is my first night were i reduce my pred from 2..5mg to 7mg as i take a split dose of pred.

      so watch this space

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