Well I took the 30 mg for 2 weeks and decided that I would try to get 2 1/2 mg from another doctor in the practice. Armed with the wonderful information on this site, I told him that I had been unsuccessful decreasing by 5 mg and that more than 10% reduction was not recommended. "Never heard that before, where did you hear that?" I told him about this site, don't think he approved! "Bit difficult to decrease by 10% from 30" he said (perhaps maths wasn't his strong subject!) Anyway he did give me a good supply of 2 1/2 mg. so all was good on that front. Next came the dreaded A. Acid, question about why I did not want to take it. Explained my history of stomach problems and ongoing ones as well. His reply was the same as the other doctor in that my bone density would be hitting rock bottom soon if I didn't take it. I told him that I had read an article about it which someone on this site had pointed me to and that had made me even more determined not to take it. "You're clearly reading too much" was his reply. Thought I had better keep quiet at that point as I didn't have my prescription in my hand! Next I asked about seeing a rheumy as it has been a long time now and no sign of an appointment. I have phoned a helpline on several occasions and they have said that I am just a general referral and not an urgent case and that I should ask my doctor to upgrade it as I keep being put to the bottom of the queue. I think I had irritated him as he commented that there were much more urgent cases than me and that I would be being seen before someone with greater need. Yes, I can see that, but it is now nearly 3 months since the letter went to the hospital and they have told me that it's 4-6 weeks wait from receipt of the appointment, so it's going to be a long time yet.
I have been taking 27 1/2 mg for 10 days now and everything is fine, no bad reactions, so glad I stuck to my guns. Thank you all for the confidence to go and ask again. Don't think I've made any friends there though!