I have been doing a slow taper and now on 13mgs.Pred. also having regular [ monthly ] b/test.
2 weeks ago I started a cold [ which is still lingering with headaches/sinus] but I still went ahead with my b/test last week. I realise now that perhaps I should have cancelled the b/test and waited maybe another week or until I felt better, but as it was pre booked I thought I'd keep the appointment. I got a printout on Thurs, and the results are ...... ESR 25 CRP 36. I really feel washed out and having headache/sinus pain with some bleeding [ spotting ] from the sinus, I feel so tired, but better once the Pred kicks in. I did have tests last year for WGP which were all negative, but the symptoms have returned again since having this cold, so not sure if it's my GCA ?
I really don't want to up my pred again after getting this far on the slow taper, BUT wonder if I should to bring down the inflammation or take more paracetamol, ? Like I said I feel better once the pred kicks in but then I wake with the symptoms again, which suggests I'm not taking enough?
My surgery is closed till after Easter, but I feel the Dr. [ who hasn't a clue ] will only tell me to up my Pred, anyway, so I have probably answered my own question. [ That is to up my dose ] My next Rheumy appointment s in 4 weeks.
If it wasn't for this cold, I was doing OK on the taper, I seem to be going 1 step forward and 2 steps back.