I like your new photograph.
Many of my fellow sufferers sent nice comments when I posted that I was experiencing my first flare having reduced from 60mgs to 3.5 in 3.5 years.
CPR jumped to 17 from 11 so I increased my Prednisolone from 3.5 to 5.0 on 02/08/17 and stayed at 5 mg for 13 days and tested blood on 15/08/17 when CRP had come down to 12, but all the symptoms won't stop.
On 17/08/17 I increased Pred. to 6 mg to see if a little more would help. Initial headache and feeling of stuffed head has stopped Jaw ache and difficulty chewing start up at mealtime every day.
Got ache/soreness at back of throat General feeling isn’t helped by 12 migraines since start of August. Rheumy said I could go up to 7.5 mg but only for three days. I can't contact him until Monday so I'm pushing up to 10 mg over the weekend see if a big boost will do the trick. I won’t tell him or my G.P because she’s so difficult to contact. I tried on Thursday morning to ring Reception and after listening to the ringing tone for 30 rings someone picked the phone up and promptly dropped it back into its rest cutting off my call.
Rheumy’s attitude is odd. Talks about getting me down to zero but no mention of the inflammation causing the CRP level. Last time I was on 10 mgs was in September 2016 and my CRP was 10.
My CRP is invariably in double figures it’s only been in single figures 5 times in past 12 months and never below 6. Previous GP said acceptable range was 1-5. Results tell me that inflammation is still active. I think I will suggest to Rheumy that depending on blood test result on 12/09/17 I will either reduce 1 mg or stay at 10 for 28 days more and then test again. I normally have blood test every 28 days.
Some good news. Hospital visit yesterday to update on varicose veins in right leg and blockage in left calf. Usual consultant on holiday so I got his side kick who decided that little benefit gained by operation, so we’ll try elastic stockings instead.
Best wishes to you