Has anyone else had their doctor use prednisone as a test when trying to evaluate for RA?
I am finally down to the 3rd day of 10 mg…..
The first 6 days on 30 mg were great. Morning stiffness almost gone, pain 80 percent improved, at least. And the fatigue was gone. I felt like a normal person.
The second day of the taper to 20 mg, things got ugly. Exhaustion. Dizzy. Spacey. Pain coming back. And a brand new heel/foot arch pain I never had before.
I am now on 3rd day of 10 mg and more of the same. Yesterday back soreness/stiffness started along with feet. My usual joint pain is creeping back in, too.
So. I know enough to know that this suggests something inflammatory. But I am confused b/c pred. can also be used to help OA, right?
How does a trial does help them point to RA if pred. can also treat OA?
Also…..how the heck long am I going to feel this terrible? I mean, pain coming back is one thing…..but I feel ill. How long does it take to get this out of your system?
Is there anything I can do to lesson the awful tapering side effects?