In some cases, the symptoms may appear overnight. They tend to be worse in the morning and gradually improve throughout the day. For some people, being inactive and remaining in one position for a long period of time can make symptoms worse. The pain and stiffness may eventually become so severe that people have difficulty performing everyday activities, such as standing up from the couch, getting dressed, or getting into a car.
Fosomax, Actonel, Boniva as a preventive measure. While bisphosphates have been shown to be effective, they are not without their own risk of side effects, the most serious being a slight risk of mandibular necrosis your jaw rots away.
If you do end up taking one of them, be sure to let your dentist know. Apparently your adrenal glands make a small amount of corticosteroids all by themselves, but react to the taking of an external supply for any length of time by shutting down production.
Stopping the external supply does not cause the spigots of natural production to restart immediately. Furthermore, you need the small amount of corticosteroids normally produced by your body, so that if you suddenly stop taking the external source that caused the shutdown in the first place you could be in real, potentially life-threatening trouble.
For this reason, the approach to getting off Prednisone, and hopefully reducing or eliminating any of the "features" you may have experienced, is to taper the dosage slowly over time. Because there is no way to predict how long your particular case of PMR will last, tapering is at best a trial and error process, no matter what you read or what your doctor tells you.
The other reason for tapering off in a controlled fashion is that once you have been on Prednisone for a while, you can experience "withdrawal" if you lower the dose too quickly. The main symptom of Prednisone withdrawal seems to be pain and stiffness similar to the disease for which you are taking the Prednisone in the first place.
This effect is quite annoying because, as indicated earlier, PMR will eventually go away on its own, but the time frame varies tremendously with no way to predict when you can expect to be free of the disease. So, the question is, if you start experiencing a return of symptoms after lowering the Prednisone dose, is it the PMR or Prednisone withdrawal?
Relapses of PMR during tapering are quite common and can lead to having to up the dose significantly to get relief. I am sure you found the preceding medical discussion quite fascinating, but now on to something even more interestin - my experiences since starting treatment!
As I indicated earlier, I started out at 20 mg of Prednisone per day, taken half with breakfast, half with dinner. The reason for taking it with food is that Prednisone can be quite hard on the stomach, so it is always a good idea to have something in your stomach before taking it.
Bisphosphates are not cheap, and even with a decent prescription plan on your health insurance should you have decent health insuranceit comes with a hefty copay. The reason for not starting it right away was the rather vivid description of the worst of the side effects.
While I was not too worried about my jaw rotting away, why take the chance? Upon further on-line investigations it appeared that in the majority of cases of mandibular necrosis, it took a couple of years and usually followed some invasive dental work.
The other interesting thing about bisphophates is how you are supposed to take them: Apparently there is a risk of choking if you lay down before then.
My rehumatologist suggested a fairly aggressive Prednisone tapering schedule, but I decided to design my own which I based on an amalgam of recommendations I found on the web: Lower the dose by 2.
After 10 mg, lower the dose by 1 mg per month until reaching a total daily dose of 5 mg. After 5 mg, lower the dose by 0. Tapering does require some cooperation with your doctor because of the need for varying strengths of the Prednisone tablets.
Orignally I was given a prescription for 10 mg tablets, 2 per day, which was quite convenient — one in the morning, one at night.
When I went to Splitting the pills in half was not that much of a problem because each pill came with a convenient score down the middle to aid in the splitting I recommend getting a pill cutterbut cutting the halves in half did not work out too well.
After a discussion more like an argument with my rheumatologist I was able to get her to prescribe 5 mg tablets. By the time I got down to I am currently at 3 mg, and am looking forward to getting down to zero.
As for the Actonel, I kept taking it for about 6 months until I started developing significant pain in my hands and wrists that was suspiciously correlated with the day of the week I took the pill.
The pain would start within 24 hours and would take a day or two to subside. More on-line research unearthed several forums where people taking bisphosphates described their experiences. The responses were evenly divided between those who experienced significant pain in various parts of their body soon after taking the weekly pill, sometimes quite debilitating, and others who experienced no side effects at all.
Given that my dose of Prednisone was now below 10 mg, I figured that my risk of osteoporosis was not that high and discontinued the Actonel. In terms of side effects of the Prednisone, I seem to have escaped almost all of them, with the exception of some minor acne on my derriere.
At the beginning I found that certain types of activities repetitive motion such as sweeping made my symptoms worse, so I quickly learned to avoid them. Walking long distances was not a problem so I was able to maintain my previous main form of exercise of walking several miles a day, weather permitting.AVERAGE DAILY MEMBERSHIP (ADM) Average Daily Membership and Membership Last Day by LEA (ADM & MLD) This report contains both ADM and MLD by month for the school year indicated.
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