I was directed over here from the Lupus UK website in the hope I can get a picture of some of the pros and cons people have found with prednisone.
I am currently on 20mg methotrexate injections for lupus but still suffering joint flares predominantly due to photosensitivity. Funnily enough the main ongoing problems are my hips and shoulders and I think my neck is starting to join in so from what I've read some definite similarities going on. My photodermatology consultants feel that methotrexate is not getting me sufficiently under control and I should start looking at other options.
I've always responded well to depomedrone injections and prednisone is one of the options that I've been fighting against for a long time but mainly due to lack of knowledge but I'm now wondering if it might be time to consider it.
My biggest problems with oral meds has been the effect on my stomach and side effects making them unbearable. If anyone can let me know some of the pros and cons and their own experience with prednisone it would be much appreciated to help me be better educated on the options before I discuss it with rheumy in a couple of weeks.
And don't worry I know we are all different - I don't get a lot of the worst side effects with methotrexate injections for example - so it's not being used to make the decision but to help with some background so I'm better informed to discuss all of the options with my consultant to make the decision with her. Thanks