After 3.5 month off sick, I returned a few weeks ago to work. Last week I was on holiday so took the opportunity to reduce Pred from 8 to 7.5mgs. That was 12 days ago, the last 5 nights I have been woken up when turning, with pain in the upper back and thoracic spine, that's worsened when I breathe in. The whole of the upper back and spine is tender to touch. Does anyone else get this?
Also my GCA head pains are building up on work days, ? with the pressure, as soon as I'm bombarded with work I can feel the pains intensifying. So not sure if this is all leading to a flare. I also have had my asthma flaring with 3 quite severe attacks this week, so unsure if some of the pains breathing in are related to that. Following a breakdown in Rheumy relationship I don't wish to contact him. Would you advise increasing dose again, and if so by the 0.5mgs or more?
Sunday I'm in for a challenging day as the only trained nurse on my ward working 12.5hrs, and throw into that overseeing 4 other surgical wards. Now where did I leave that broom
For those unfamiliar with my story, re my GCA I have to "manage the symptoms" without using high dose steroids, due to the long delay in diagnosising. All the time (2yrs) taking lose dose for PMR. 😏