I know everyone is different, but i wanted to know what peoples experiences were with long term pred. i have been on it for about 4 months now. my main side effects are moon face, insomnia, reflux, hunger, nausea and weight gain (but so that i look pregnant - not 'normal' weight gain). I am currently trying to reduce my dose (with my doc), so far i have not managed to get lower than 20mg without ending up in hospital. But im on my first day of 20mg today. im being really careful, and really really working to avoid triggers as i so badly want to be off the pred that ANYTHING i can do to avoid ending up in A&E has got to be worth it. but was looking for a bit of motivation really, so how quickly have people started to notice a reduction in side effects? as in, do people tend to find they start to go/reduce in severity whilst still on the pred but at lower doses, or have the effects lasted after they've stopped taking them. and with the weight, im trying so hard to eat well, its really hard when im hungry all the time (ive got to the point where i only eat when the hunger hurts too much to ignore - and then i make up the extra calories ive missed before bed so i can sleep) but do people tend to find its relativly easy to lose weight when theyve come off it. like i say, i know everyone is different, i just want to know what kind of timescale im looking at and my GP doesnt want to talk to me about it much as he doesnt trust me not to just stop completely, and he doesnt trust me to ring an ambulance if i am close to stopping the pred! lol!
ps/has anyone had different experiences with kenalog - ive heard of it but i dont really know much about it, would they give it to reduce oral steroid side effects?