Responding to another post earlier I mentioned I’m down to 5 (ready to go lower as it’s been a month with no issues) and my lab results from this week showed my ESR at 24 and CRP 2.4 (CRP half of what it was 3 months ago). I’ve noticed that many people who are taking similar amounts of prednisone have “normal” labs results. I was wondering how often this is the case. My rheumatologist who is just a love, does not believe in relentlessly driving his patients achieve Club Zero. He has told me more than once he’d be happy if I find I have to stay at 5 or 3 or whatever dose I can feel comfortable at and that the inflammation markers may or may not ever be “normal”. I really like his realistic approach. The only time I ever achieved normal inflammation markers was when I was on Actemra. They were 0 and I loved seeing that. Today all my other labs CBC, AST, ALT, and creatine are well within normal range. I don’t feel “perfect” and I don’t ever expect to but by the time I’ve finished a morning cup of coffee or tea, the morning stiffness has subsided and I’m off and running (not exactly running) for the day.
The photo is of course completely nonrelated. Samson lives to steal “my spot” on the corner group and likes to use my lap desk as a head rest. It matters not to him that he may get drool on my MacBook Pro. But he’s my Zen Doggie and I adore him.