Over 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Temporal Arteritis. Treatment was 75mg of Steroids a day! Now that was a very strange time on how my body reacted to it? It did reduce the pain but it also attacked my skin and all those little bio's that happily co-exist on my body were attacked by the steroids. it was like being a teenager with a spotty face but all over me this time! After a long-drawn-out reduction process my Temporal Arteritis had not completely gone away! So, a 5mg a day for the next 2 years was the plan.
Overall, it was not a bad option to take and I did not have a lot of side effects from them? In fact, it seemed to have done me some good? I have not had any bad chest infections and for some reason my heart conditions have not changed in the last 18 months which has confused my PH consultant in Sheffield. As he was convinced it would have got a lot worse! My PH is still very high so I should have done something to the stress on the heart? Also, while this has been going on my Diabetes Type 2 has dropped to normal levels? (But I am still classed as Diabetic?)
Now it was decided by my Rheumy that as I still have a sensitive skull that I reduce my 5mg to zero over the next 2 weeks then a little wait and a blood test to see if there are any inflammation showing which will mean another look at what plan of action to take? It could mean a lifelong steroid plan? Or maybe something else?
I have managed to type all this while waiting in their queue for an appointment with my GP for a Telephone appointment for my COPD/RLD Review! I am now number 2 in the queue!