So after a long pred. taper (mostly due to not wanting my psoriatic arthritis to flare), I finally took my last 5 mg. of pred. last Wed. 1/9. And I was doing just fine. Then I decided to take a 20 min. walk in the woods, because I was feeling good, and wanted to be outdoors. It was a heat wave where the temp. was high for January, but it was also rainy and muddy.
Well, it went from coughing on Sat., to chest tightness/coughing a bit on Sun., to chest pain (but not too bad) on Mon. with some wheezing, well yes and productive cough. To uping my preventer inhaler on Mon. to pulling out my neb. because my rescue inhalers weren't working too much, to finally giving in to taking 40 mg. of pred. last night after wheezing with chest pain for like 5 hours at work.
It turns out I can feel pretty miserable when I can't breathe! Meanwhile, well I was good today at work this morning, my neb. was still wearing off hours too soon, but I was doing O.K. with only chest pains coming and going...not constant...until I had to talk to this irrate family member, who I couldn't just up and leave because he was irate! Well, he must smoke, because I started wheezing standing there, and then I couldn't move for several minutes!
Anyways, had a pretty horrible time this evening. I called my pulmonologist who works on my floor (irronically) but haven't heard from him. Told him I started pred. Which I think is O.K., the problem is it isn't working so hot.
Is it supposed to kick in 100% right away, or is it supposed to take a few days? I guess I wish I could talk to my doctor before the weekend.