Hi to all, I'm looking for some advice on how you reduce your steroid sparers. I'm using the really slow reduction plan to great effect. No flares at all and I've gone from 10 to 7, whereas the past I would have had at least 1 flare per reduction yoyoing back and forwards. I'm also having Bowen treatment for my PMR, Fibromyalgia and Costocondritis, so overall the light at the end of the tunnel is getting much bigger and brighter. Now my mind is turning as how you incorporate a reduction of your steroid sparers. I used to take Methodtrexate but after and year or so I changed to Leflunomide and now take 20mg a day. Last month my rheumy wanted me to reduce the steroids quicker than the slow reduction programme, but I said I was getting such good results from the slow tapering method I would keep to that if it was OK with him. I think he and my GP worries about the side effects of steroids including osteoporosis as I am on a low tertile for one so young, but the last Dexa scan showed a small improvement in me and a small worsening in all the others in my age band, so the Alendronic acid and steroid reduction must be doing something. I'm concerned, when the time comes (and I'm not even sure when that is) I may be advised to reduce in a way that, well basically doesn't work for many sufferers and will put me back to square one. So any advice any forum members have on their own experiences or on their own research will be very much appreciated. Thank you
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