I am new here and looking for a little advice on reducing prednisone. I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia April this year, the haematologist put me on prednisone 30mcg a day and has left my GP to monitor and reduce my meds, was on 30mcg for two weeks and I asked doc to reduce to 25mcg as I felt I was on too high a dose and felt quite hyper, we agreed that I reduce to 25 for the 1st week, then reduce to 20 for 2nd week and 15 for 3rd week, taking me to 15mcg a day he then wants me to stay on this dose and be weaned off, reducing 1mcg monthly (depending that there are no flare ups in between reducing dose) I am having side effects to this medication, irregular heart beats, sweating, watery eyes, foggy headed, poor sleep pattern, raised blood pressure, plus I am also on Levothyroxine due to having total thyrodectomy in 2009. When I first took prednisone the pains in my body went pretty much the next day and I felt wonderful, I had been given my life back but I am concerned about the side effects that I am having, my gp has ordered blood test for my heart as he thinks I have a heart murmur, which never had before the meds, he also done blood to see that the inflammation has come down.
Just wondering what people's perception are on how am being weaned off this drug. Me personally would stop it tomorrow if I could but I understand that I need it for health reasons. I would be grateful for any advice.