Hello all, I'm writing because I feel rotten and guilty about taking another day off from work. My boss says stay home until I'm well, but I'm so tired of feeling worn out and unable to focus! I've been taking prednisone and azothioprine for about six weeks.
Although I feel generally less sore than before the meds, it seems at a cost. I was exhausted three weeks ago, and missed three days, then had a good week in which I travelled for a business trip, but since returning home, a tickle in my chest has become a deep phlemmy hacking cough with bonus runny nose and earaches.
I've only ever taken prednisone for short periods in the past (twice perhaps for a week to 10 days in the past five years). I'm interested in hearing from others who have had to take it longer term as I suspect it's at least part of why I can't seem to shake off this cold. That said, I've been living with lupus for about 10 years and have mostly been lucky to have more good days than bad ones... I just hate the uncertainty of feeling so rotten. Meanwhile my husband tells me to stop being a hypochondriac and to keep away from the doctor's since its "just a cold".... Husband is a whole other story but I'm sure his attitude contributes to this miserable guilt and uncertainty.