I don't think you CAN "move past these symptoms quickly" - you are asking your body to speed up its physiological processes.
I don't know what your dose was - but 5 weeks isn't "slow weaning" - many of the people on my home forum, all of whom are on pred for years often, take more like 5 months to get through the last 7mg. While you are on doses above 7mg, or thereabouts, your body stops producing the body's natural corticosteroid, cortisol. It is essential for various physiological processes in the body and without it you become very ill, may even die, lack of it leads to Addison's disease. The adrenal glands which are responsible for its production take a considerable time to wake up again - it isn't just them, it is the pituitary and hyppothalamus production of various hormones that has to start up in a very complex feedback set-up. The slower you wean, the better your body is able to catch up.
So until your body DOES catch up - you will experience these feelings. It is usually said it takes up to a year for your body to settle down completely. And I'm sorry, there is no way to speed up the process. When we carry a steroid card it is for these reasons - and you should continue to carry the steroid card for up to a year. Any stress, whether it is trauma, infection, emotional or physical stress makes it more apparent because it is the corticosteroid that helps us cope. 0
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