Continuing to struggle to get past 15mg Hydrocort, equivalent to 3mg Pred.
As soon as I have dropped my morning dose from 7.5mg to 5mg I can confidently say that within 24 hours my legs/hips flare plus fatigue.
Discomfort manageable but fatigue wears one down - told by my Rheumy that he wants me to reduce & push through with symptoms.........
He is aware that my fingers & toe joints are slightly swollen & very sore some days & may have forgotten that when I first dropped to 5mg some 3 months ago these new symptoms appeared - I wrote to this site for advice at time & decided in the end to step back up to my usual dose.
Added is my concern that I have been fighting mild sinusitis off & on for months - I just come right after throwing everything natural at it, plus non drowsy anti-histamine to settle inflammation from constant sneezing.
I can't use a steroid base nasal spray so chemist says.
I think the on-going sinus issues has been exacerbated by breathing through mask on the CPAP machine used for obstructive sleep apnoea diagnosed Nov 2015. I use the humidifier in machine which has helped.
Have now switched to more expensive larger mask to breathe through mouth to get me through night.
Into autumn in NZ so change of seasons never help - dreading winter!
My question :-what is happening to immune system when taking less steroid & when can I reasonably expect immunity to return to some form of normalcy, if there is such a thing?
Decided this morning to step back up to usual dose plus consult my ENT Specialist to see if he can wave a magic wand.
Appreciate feedback as always.
~Sending abundant Easter blessings to you all ~