80 to 20: Well... it took me 11 months, 10 days and... - PMRGCAuk


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80 to 20

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Well... it took me 11 months, 10 days and a handful of hours to get here; and "yes," there were some ugly, setbacks along the way, but DAMN IT, here I am! And I've gone from taking 80 mg of Pred daily, to taking only 20 mg of Pred! {humming the tune to Elton John's song, "I'm still standing"}

It's been a bumpy road, and there is still a long (and probably just as bumpy) road ahead of me, but the Rheumy said that I'd start to feel more like "myself," when I got down to 20 mg or less... so here I am, I'm ready!


To count from 1 to 20 would take you about ten seconds.

The Angel number 20 is a combination of the energies and vibrations of the number 2 and the number 0. It represents the start of your spiritual journey.

The Kentucky Derby currently has a maximum field of 20 horses.

Twenty is the maximum number of moves to solve all possible positions of a Rubik's Cube.

A β€œscore” is another name for 20. 'Three score years and ten' means 70 years.

The Ancient Mayans used the number "20" as the base for their numeral system, known as the "vigesimal" number system.

20 degrees Fahrenheit = -6.67 degrees Celsius

In mathematics, the sum of the first four even numbers, first four triangular numbers and the first six Fibonacci numbers is 20.

Twenty years from now, it will be, October 23, 2038

CB slang for a place, being short for the ten-code "10–20" meaning "What is your location?"

It's been 20 years since Titanic won 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards.

20/20 is a late-night newsmagazine program on ABC, which in turn is taken from the expression for perfect eyesight (20/20 vision).

A standard dartboard is laid out as 20 sectors

The word β€œTwenty” appears on the USA’s $20 bill five times; four times on the front and once on the back.

The Egypt country code 20 will allow you to call Egypt from another country.

Traditionally, the 20th wedding anniversary was celebrated with china, but in modern days, the official gift is platinum.

In rugby union, 20 national teams currently qualify for each edition of the Rugby World Cup.

In Hebrew numerals, the letter Kaph (Χ›) represents twenty. 20 (twenty) is the natural number following 19 and preceding 21

Twenty is a form of limited overs cricket where each team plays only 20 overs.

Twenty is the number of Prednisolone milligrams, mamici1 is taking, as of today!

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That's great news mamic1, I hope you feel pleased cause you've been though the mill lately. Fingers crossed for a successful tapering.

20:- What I'd like to be again!;-)

Hidden in reply to Primarose

HA! Me too, Primarose, me too! ...and thanks!

Congratulations mamici1, on reaching down 20mg, hope you stay well with it.

Thanks for another one of your entertaining posts, I love them, keep them up please!!!

I wish you well x

Hidden in reply to Jeannie29

Thanks Jeannie29! Appreciate your support... I have a new 'rant," simmering! ; )

Jeannie29 in reply to Hidden

Can’t wait, or should that be Rant wait ! x

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Not even a year down the line! Haven't you done well? Hoping you do soon feel the difference.

Take care x.

Hidden in reply to Rugger

Thanks Rugger... I see glimpses of the old me, for sure!

Dear Melissa WELL DONE !!!! Wish we could both BE 20 again (well for just one day) - IMAGINE the 'antics' we could get up to ..... πŸ™ƒπŸ˜„



Hidden in reply to Rimmy

OHHHH MY! I doubt the world would ever be the same, if that wish were granted! Can you imagine the FUN we'd have? Ahhh well, we will give it our BEST shot when you visit the UK! And thank you... I'm not sure if I was instrumental in getting to 20; I think I just went along for the ride, but for some weird reason it does feel like and accomplishment? I guess I could have easily off'd myself at 80 and would not have seen 70, 60, 50... but I persevered! Good on me! Good on ALL of us who have been thrown on this unwanted, un-asked-for, God forsaken journey!



Daisychain12 in reply to Hidden

Oh yeah. I hear you xxxxx

Congratulations πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ After the 'almost' year you've had, it's great to see you are now at 20. Onwards and downwards πŸ‘πŸ‘


Onwards and downwards indeed, Hollyseden!!!! Thank you!!!!

How about we make it 23 Oct 2038 to party πŸŽ‰ party 🎈. I’m game for that .

Hidden in reply to Chrob

Super! I'll be there... I'll only be 84!!!! P_A_R_T_Y!

Yay 20mg!! That's greatπŸ‘πŸ˜πŸŒΉπŸŽ‰

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Well done you!.....x

Hidden in reply to Longtimer

Thanks Longtimer! ❀️

Brilliant progress in one year Melissa - nice one!

Hidden in reply to Mai45

Thanks Mai45, It always felt like one step forward, two steps back!

Fantastic!!! Well done. Congratulations πŸ’πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Šβ€οΈ


Thank You FF! πŸ‘πŸ»


Congratulations! 20mg is a huge milestone for us GCAers (I know there is no such word...but). You sure 'paid your dues' for this elite club!



Thanks enan-illuc! ...and yes, there is such a word NOW!

Oh great news!!! Keep it up!! Best wishes.

Hidden in reply to powerwalk

Thank you... thanks so much!

I see you have settled down to a slow waltz 🀣🀟

Hidden in reply to Purplecrow

Ahhhhhh, I like the way that sounds!! Yes, in the beginning I was a participant in Meth induced RAVE... now I'm waltzing! Thank you PC!

Congratulations Melissa! I bet that feels good!

A great accomplishment with so many obstacles along the way.

Hidden in reply to Mstiles

Thank you Mstiles, Yes I must admit there were a obstacles along the way, but we keep moving forward, don't we! Cheers

Woohoo! Congratulations!!!! Well done. Please do keep on ranting, we enjoy it easy too much for you to stop now that your in the twenties club.

Well done mamici,it has not been an easy ride for you,l hope that twenty and downward will not be so hard and that you will be well again in the end. I love your very clever post.

Hidden in reply to Grants148

Ahhhhh, thanks Grant 148! Thanks for reading them... Fingers crossed we will all end up well soon!!!!


HA! . No worries klaroche, I will ALWAYS find something to RANT about!!!! : )

Great news. Does it now seem doable? I think 25 was a more interesting number--wasn't there something about a pasta festival? I'm speaking from the pespective of carb-deprivation.

Hidden in reply to Joaclp

Thanks!!! Yes, it definitely seems more do-able!!!! I'll be happier when I'm in single digits!!!! And YES the Pasta Festival is much more interesting than the fact that 20 degrees Fahrenheit equals -6.67 degrees Celsius. Boring.

You are doing good Melissa, you must be pleased with yourself. Especially when you think back to those fraught days on 80mgs. πŸ’™πŸ’œ

Hidden in reply to SheffieldJane

😱 Yes SJ, I remember 80 all too well! I hope you are feeling better!

🎊 Congratulations 🎊 ! Hope you'll be inappropriately happy tomorrow after your rheumi visit.

Hidden in reply to Gaijin

Ahhhhh, thanks for remembering Gaijin! Yes, we shall see what she has to say! I hope! Cheers.

Congratulations and may it continue - but don't be in too much of a hurry - you've come a long way in a short time, not many have - hope the next stages are as successful. xxxx

Hidden in reply to Telian

Thanks T!!!! ...and yes, I know, I know! I have to keep reminding myself IT"S NOT A RACE!!! Thanks, xxx

Telian in reply to Hidden

Top marks!

Congratulations, Melissa, I’m so happy for you! Keep on truckin’.

Hidden in reply to Ciar

Thank you Ciar! How are YOU doing?

Ciar in reply to Hidden

PMR fairly stable and predictable so long as I stay on 6 mg. GP/internist looked at neurologist report and agreed that we should hold off on neuropathy diagnosis. I said I was ok with that, especially since there isn’t any real treatment for neuropathy. She holds out hope that it could go away when PMR abates. Symptoms of that continue, however. Going in to get 2 week monitor for arrhythmia tomorrow. I imagine I’ll get diagnosed with that, unfortunately, though I’m thinking it’s probably part of autonomic neuropathy, as I have other symptoms. How are you doing with the neuropathy stuff?

Great stuff!! Well done, long may it continue x

Hidden in reply to York54

Cheers York 54!!!! From your mouth to God's ears! : )

Congratulations on reaching that milestone!

Hidden in reply to Dream21

Thank you! It does feel like a milestone!!!!! Although I am not sure why... I have a long way to go!!!! : ) .

Dream21 in reply to Hidden

Baby steps. You will get there.

Congrats Melissa, you did it!!. For those of us tapering pred we understand what an accomplishment this is! Here’s hoping tapering down the last twenty goes as smoothly as can be expected.

Hidden in reply to PMRCanada

Thank you PMRCanada! If I can do it, anyone can! I never thought I'd be here, but here I am! Thank you! Xxx

Hurrah I'm clapping for you ❀️


πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ Yeah, thank you!!!! Appreciate it!

Congratulations that is something to celebrate! I hope your journey from 20 to 0 is a speedy bump free ride! All the best and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate!🍾

Hidden in reply to Mks9558

THANKS Mks9558.... I appreciate your well wishes!!!!!

Well done Melissa for your perseverance!! Xx

Hidden in reply to Jackoh

Ahhhhh, THANK YOU, but, I guess its not like I had a real choice did I? None of us do... we take it and deal with it as best we can!!!!! Thank you! xx

What an achievement! I’ll stop whinging about still being on 6 mgs after a year.

Hidden in reply to Mindful3

Ahhhhhh, thank you Mindful3!!!! I'd kill for 6 mg! Although, I see many people in single digits struggling.... I hope you are feeling okay!

Twenty cheers for you Melissa. You've come a long way. :-)

Hidden in reply to teesher

Thanks teesher!!!!! I have come a long way.... not sure if I had a lot to do with it, but I'll take it!!!!

Bloody well done. Magnificent effort. So very proud of you. Keep looking after yourself and being as fabulous as you can xxxxx

Hidden in reply to Daisychain12

Thanks DC12! Not sure I had much to do with it, except go along for the bumpy ride, but here we are. I'm sorry you are having such a rough time of it... I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. hang in there!


Well done. Hope your journey down is smoother.

Hidden in reply to Yellowbluebell

Many thanks, YBB!

Yo you go gal 😁an that reminds me 20is what my mate owes me ,lol you keep going strong .have you lost your moon face yet ?

Hidden in reply to Monkeymate

Thank! Since I reminded you, you should split it with ME! 🀣

Everyone else says my face is much thinner... even the Rheumy said something about my face being narrower.... so I guess YES! I don't think I look like me yet, but soon maybe !

Dear mamici1,

I have to say that Twenty, is about how long- in minutes- it took to read all those Wonderful Facts, brilliant! Great news too.


Hidden in reply to AndrewT

Hehehehehehehe, Sorry AndrewT! ...but, just think, as my numbers continue to come down, so will your reading time!!!

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