I am doing a 15 day trial dose pack of prednisone. Rheum suspects RA or something similar, and wanted to see how I respond to it.
Did 5 days of 30 mg. Then started tapering down....currently on day 3 of 20 mg. After that will cut down to 10 mg. for 5 days.
It took a couple days, but then I felt great on it. Morning stiffness practically gone. Joint and tendon pain diminished greatly. Way less fatigue and more energy to do things. Sort of edgy and crabby, but a well worth it trade off.
So.....then on day two of cutting to 20 mg......already noticed I was feeling less than stellar. Heel pain started that I've never even had before. My elbows, feet, knees and hips were making their presence known again. Noticed about 5:30 pm I could have napped.
Today is day 3 of 20 mg. I feel terrible. So tired and it's only 1 pm. All my joints/tendons that hurt before hurt again. Even my neck feels sore and stiff and that's usually not even my thing. Lower back is hurting, too. And my heels!
What the heck? I'm not even off the stuff yet. Is this a normal response?
And if it helped so much and then is going away so fast.......does this point more to an inflammatory issue like RA, or could it still be something like osteo? (my blood work is neg. so trying to put pieces of this puzzle together.
I thought pred. was supposed to help longer than you were on the highest dose. Anyone have experience with this?