This is my second post and I have another three weeks before I see the rheumatologist again.
I am currently very slowly tapering down the prednisone that I have been on at varying degrees since February.
I am currently on 21mg and was planning to go down a mg a week in the hope that the sulfasalazine might be helping enough to counter the reduction. I also think the rheum will get me started on methodrexate when I next see her.
I knew there could be side effects but only found out about the diabetes one today hence the panic. I have been taking my lansoprazole and my calcium tablets like a good girl, thinking naively that I would probably dodge all the side effect bullets as long as I did that and kept going to the gym ( the big irony is that on these pills the gym is no problem whereas off them I would hardly be able to walk!!) and then bam! Here's something else to worry about.
I suppose my questions are - just how high a dose is 20mg - how long can I reasonably be on that before the s***t starts hitting the fan?
And how high are my chances of developing diabetes on that dose?
And how soon will I be able to get off the damn things? I genuinely mean it that without them just now I would be totally disabled. I have a full time job main bread winner and two small children.
Oh dear here's me weeping again!