Care center put me on prednisone question?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mrpain, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    Yesterday I strained my lower back, (around the belt area)
    so bad, that I couldn't hold myself up very long or walk but a few steps....and that took forever! I was in terrible pain and felt on fire in that area.. (And normally I walk in a fast pace but then get exhausted.)

    My wife drove me to a care center around the corner in our neighborhood and they wheeled-chair me in to see the doctor. To make this short, he gave me prednisone 12 day pack. You start out with 6 pills throughout the first 4 days and then it slowly tapers down.

    My question is; is that good for us fibro people to take?
    I'm aware of the possible overall side effects, but how do we fit in to this senario? Especially with some of the supps. & vitamins we take.. He also gave me, along with the steroids,(prednisone), flexeril, and lorcet. Any information will be highly appreciated... Thanks!
  2. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    And froggyfog; being a RN it would be interesting to know your inter-thoughts about fibromyalgia and all the behind the scenes on this dd that is going on... you could probably write a book about it..

    And yes, the times I've taken this dose pack in years past, it never caused any problems that I'm aware of, it's just all the things I've heard lately made me want some advice. It will only last 12 days so I'll do what the doctor has asked.. I'm not going to do any supps or vitamins while on this so that won't be a problem..

    Maybe a little vit. C , and my melatonin & valerian at night which helps with my sleep.....although, after taking 10 mg. of flexril last night, I'll probably won't need it.
    That put me out pretty quick.....along with the lorcet. Thanks everybody!!

  3. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory medication and decreases inflammation. I'm sure that's why you were put on it, to decrease inflammation at the site of the injury. The muscle relaxers help to relax the muscle and decrease the pain. The two will help your injury to heal. The pack that they gave you will not harm your body as it is pretty short-term.

    I do have FMS but take prednisone to help my lupus. There are times I couldn't get through a day without the help of an anti-inflammatory. Not that I advacate for taking it a lot, but when you need it for short-term like you are at this time, it won't hurt you; it will help you.

    I hope this helps, and I hope you feel better soon.
  4. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    Thanks! I just noticed it is 1:40 here and I'm not a bit tired although I should hit the ole hay.... I wonder which drug I'm taking is making me feel so good......even with some energy! WOW! That means I'm going to feel pretty bad in the morning once I get myself to sleep.... Oh well; I'll enjoy these last few moments though..
  5. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    You can enter all of your prescriptions, vitamins, supplements, o-t-c, and herbals at Drug Digest's interactive Interaction Checker to find any interactions also check with you pharmacist.

    Personally I have used Prednisone really bad FMS flares several times through the year on short term therapy.

    I did very well with it other than it did cause sleep problems which we already have. It did; however, make me pretty bitchy but as for the pain -- it helped a lot.

    Feel better,

    Karen :)
    [This Message was Edited on 02/04/2007]
  6. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    lovely things, severe chronic Asthma.
    After one really bad attack I was put on Prednisone..before they had the short packs. I was on 40mgs for 4 years and ended up looking like Jerry Lewis did after his long therapy on it.

    I found a doctor that got me weaned off of it but now years later I was recently diagnosed with Osteoporosis..directly associated to the Prednisone I took. It is a savior drug and a demon drug in one. When you NEED it it's a miracle, but staying with the short packs and ONLY when so severe you can't avoid it is the only time to use it. Be very aware of all the side effects listed above!! It is not a drug that is benign at ALL! Good luck!
    [This Message was Edited on 02/04/2007]
  7. cbs1234

    cbs1234 New Member

    Prednisone is NOT an antiinflammatory even though it has an antiinflammatory effect. Vioxx, advil, bextra, mobic, and others are antiinflammatories.

    Prednisone is a HORMONE--a synthetic version of cortisone. It is a catabolic hormone which means it breaks down tissue versus an anabolic hormone-like testosterone--that builds tissue. Prednisone can actually harm the healing process (just ask anyone that has had too many cortisone injections and has permanent soft tissue damage), it can cause bone loss, osteonecrosis, make you manic (which it sounds like MRPAIN is feeling a little of right now), etc. My wife had a horrible reaction to a very short term dose pak. I would never take it unless my life depended on it due to adrenal crisis.

    Good luck mrpain.
  8. fungirl2100

    fungirl2100 New Member

    Steroids are good. They can help make you better. Actually believe it or not when I had my horrible reaction to Trazadone I had steriod injections to help me get out of the horrible pain it had caused me. The pain just left yesterday.

    I am for steroids. I haven't heard yet from my docs that steroids wouldn't be good.

  9. springrose22

    springrose22 New Member

    Prednisone should be used only in life threatening situations, and certainly is not something that diabetics should be taking at all. Period. Most pharmacists will just say that you shouldn't have any problems, but I have found that they only know what the drug companies feed them for information, which isn't everything. Drs. are often too quick to prescribe prednisone, maybe they will start to learn not to...

    You are much better off taking an antiinflammatory/codeine combination (Robaxacet?) and using alternating hot/cold treatments.

    [This Message was Edited on 02/05/2007]
  10. fungirl2100

    fungirl2100 New Member

    Prednisone is not the Anti-Christ. For goodness sakes how about not smoking or drinking or snorting toot? Let's not do that.

    Prednisone not for everyone. Let your doctor tell you when it's needed not boarders.

    your friend,

    P.S.-I don't mean to sound negative, but the RN on the board even said she takes it & to check with your doctor.

    Steroids are a necessity at times. What do you think goes in your back or neck when you have injections for healing?
    saline solution? cherry coke?.. STEROIDS!!

    Every drug has a disclaimer. check it out. I can't take Trazadone, but several of you on the board can. I try not to say do not take it Trazadone kills...

    LET THE PROFESSIONALS IE DOCTORS, NURSES do their jobs. IF you question it talk to them about it. Just common sense

    Thanks for listening
  11. ILM

    ILM New Member

    I have never taken prednisone, but 2 of my kids are on it.
    My 3 yo has a bad cold and for hours after he takes the prednisone he is literally bouncing off the walls, despite being pretty sick. (the same cold has had me in bed for 2 days)
    He talks non-stop, plays non-stop and is on go go go mode.

    I got tired just watching him run in circles and jumping over and over, he did not stop for hours. I commented that if prednisone gives one that much energy I may need to try it.
  12. bozey

    bozey New Member

    The only thing I can tell you about Prednisone is what my eye specialist told me.

    There are 3 meds that are a danger to the eye if you have fibro and they are, Prednisone, Plaquenil & Hydroxy Chloroquine(sp).

    Good Luck

  13. fungirl2100

    fungirl2100 New Member

    My comment was simply that. hmm. who sounds touchy now? If you look at the posts they are opinions. I had stated mine. As I also mentioned if you were to look back you will see that I stated people should be consulting there doctors more. Yes, I understand what the board is for. I didn't mean to offend anyone and that would be first and foremost by the way.

    I have given good sound caring support & advice since I joined this post. Take a look at my past postings.

    Not once ever ridiculing anyone or saying anything in a negative light. I am trying to help. I do not know you well & sometimes you cannot understand or hear one's voice of concern over an email. I think we all need to remember that. So, again I am sorry if my posting offended anyone & I am not speaking in terms of just you.

    Food for thought.

    have a good day.

    P.S.-your dog is cute.
  14. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    Thanks for your cares, concern, guidance, and support. It's monday and I'm feeling much better than Friday. I started on the 12 day prednisone dose pack, but I 'm going to cut it down to an 8 day event. The last four days have me tapering down to (2) 10mg pills a day.

    Between the steroids, pain meds, anti-inflamatory pills, and the muscle relaxers, it's almost a miracle how far and fast things turned around for me. Yes, I'm still sore, and I'm sure if all the pills wore off, I would really know where I stood..... but at least I'm moving about and feel more like my regular fibro self.. Thanks again to everybody! And it's OK to have different opinions, experiences, and ideas... We're all just trying to help out and that shows that you care about others.. Thanks again!
  15. fungirl2100

    fungirl2100 New Member

    Hearing that made my day. I really care about people. I am not just on this board to spread false hope or any other nonsense.

    Steroids help. While we don't like to be on a million & one different drugs sometimes it's necessary to help our bodies heal. A fact of life. For those that do not believe in steroids or their healing powers when needed. I am sorry to hear that & hope that you can find alternative ways to heal yourself.

    Steroids is the only thing that lifted my pertussis otherwise I would have died. End of story.

    So, congrats & I hope you only get better from this point on.

    love your friend,
    fungirl :)

    P.S.-It is my Birthday & you couldn't have given me a better present than by replying back like you did. Bless you.
  16. cbs1234

    cbs1234 New Member

    Don't believe everything your doc tells you. They are not gods and should not be regarded as such. They know a lot less than you think they do, especially about medications. If you question docs and they are honest with you, you will find that much of what they do is close to trial and error. Let's take a stab at a diagnosis, try some meds, see if it works, if it doesn't we'll try something else. With the internet at your fingertips and half a brain, you can do quality research to confirm or refute much of what a doc tells you. Do a bit of hard research on Prednisone or any other synthetic form of cortisol and you will find that my "opinions" are backed up by solid facts--all coming from research in MEDICAL journals.

    Prednisone is dangerous and should be used only when necessary just like all other drugs including aspirin. Our doctors overmedicate us because we are always looking for the quick fix. Unfortunately, the quick fix can many times lead to worse problems.
  17. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    Thanks fungirl for such a sweet response. Hope you had a great birthday... God Bless! And another thank you to everyone else. We're all trying to get to the same place.
    HEALTHY! Take care!
  18. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    the other night when I posted, I was really not thinking straight - the 'ol fibro fog or else my lupus I suppose, don't know which.

    cbs1234 corrected what I said about prednisone being an anti-inflammatory, thank you cbs1234!

    I think of it as "anti-inflammatory" even though I really know better because it really helps my lupus flares; I'm glad to have it when I need it. Prednisone is the only thing that will "break" a flare.

    So good to know you are better ...
  19. fungirl2100

    fungirl2100 New Member

    Thanks for your post. My husband is a doctor remember. I have resources pretty much 24/7 as do you if you guys have questions. They are human & yes, they do need to tweek meds or try diffrent things. I don't see them as God's. I have seen medicine more up close than some of you will ever. Watching E.R. or House doesn't count by the way.

    I see medicine first hand. We have to have trial & error.
    We just don't automatically know things & if you do. Perhaps you should join the likes of Stephen Hawkings. He doesn't even claim to know everything.

    You talk to your doctor. Most want to hear what's going on & what might be triggering it.

    You can always try to go the route without a doctor and see where that leads you.

    By the way, you haven't discredited anything I have stated.

    Steriods have saved my life and not only mine I am certain of it. Do you know what Pertussis is?! Look it up sometime.
    It is a life threatening disease if not treated.

    I have never stated Doctors are Gods. They are humans. I will say that they do know more about medicine than either you or I. Unless you are a Dr. which I doubt, by previous statement.

    I will take it that you are having a bad day. Thanks for voicing your opinion. I did enjoy it. I am not afraid to speak my mind nor should anyone else that comes here.

    Remember, these boards are for support, suggestions that's about it. So, perhaps have a seat & relax a little.

    Wow, I was told I was touchy by someone, what did that make you?

    Have a good day & I will end it on that note for you. You obviously have other issues.

  20. Mini4Me

    Mini4Me New Member

    Wow, what a controversial med.! I'm surprised at some of the responses here.

    While you wouldn't want to be overdoing it with prednisone, it sure helped me when a few years ago I had sudden hearing loss in my left ear. I went to the ER and they put me on prednisone. I got my hearing back, and I felt great for a few weeks (FM symptoms were greatly reduced).

    The only problem it caused was, well, sort of an embarassing peach fuzz beard about 4 months later! I had to have quite a few sessions of electrolosis.

    I'm no longer a "bearded woman", but alas, I'm back to the old painful FM me!
    Best of luck on the prednisone.

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