Had my rheumy appointment on Monday. Should have had it in October but it was moved. Got down to 5mg of Pred for about 4 months over the summer but beginning of October my hands started hurting, then wrists now shoulders and neck. Put myself up to 7 mg then 8 mg now 9mg. Still waking with stiffness but this improves as the day progresses. My GP has also been monitoring me annually as a pre diabetic and on my last check up , beginning of December my blood glucose has become so raised I am now on Metformin. The rheumy was not happy at all with this and is obsessed, as they all are, with getting me down and off pred. His advice stay at 9 mg for a month then try tapering 1 mg a month, also try 200 Hydroxychloroquine too. So within the space of a month 2 new drugs to add to the mix. The diabetes most likely induced by pred, it has shaken me up and I'm going to try real hard to reduce carbs and weight!
See rheumy again in 3 months. I thought I was doing so well through the summer to stay at 5mg, felt so well and energised, even my synacthen test was going the right way, but you never can tell can you?? It is a downer this blinking illness without the other add ons!!☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️
I need a wee bit of that uplifting talk from you lot on here!!! 👍👍👍👍