I wrote recently about becoming breathless whilst on Pred and my subsequent lung function test which indicated possible COPD. Unfortunately my breathing really deteriorated during last weekend and I needed to see a doctor on Monday - well, I actually saw a practice nurse because there were no doctor appointments available! The nurse said I had a chest infection and arranged for the doctor to prescribe antibiotics. But by Thursdsy, I was really struggling so saw another practice nurse. This one started to explain to me that the normal treatment for an exacerbation is with steroids but she also appreciated my concerns at going back to 30mg Pred after managing to reduce to my current dose of 14mg Oh, and I forgot to say, I also got my appointment confirmed with the chest clinic - 5th JULY!! Anyway, in consultation with a doctor, it was suggested I took 30mg for 5 days, 25mg for 3 days, 20mg for 3 days (making the usual emergency steroid treatment of 11 days) then back to 14mg. So, that's what I'm doing - and immediately experiencing all the horrendous side effects I had whilst I was on 35 to 40mg Pred for so long but at least my breathing is improving.
However, the one thing neither the nurse nor the doctor could explain was why my lungs were clear BEFORE the PMR and Pred treatment, but have deteriorated significantly since then. Could it be that the high doses of Pred have damaged my lungs - I've suffered just about every side effect listed - or could the PMR itself have damaged my lungs? I realise this is almost a rhetorical question but, seeing as I have to wait until July for any answers from the medical profession, it would be good to get as much information as possible.
Sorry about the rambling writing but I'm feeling rather depressed. I was so pleased to be coping better with the PMR but this has really set me back 🙁