Prednisone for fibromyalgia

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I have had fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Immunodysfunction for 20 years. For me a 60 to 80 mg of Depo-Medrol (steroid) does help. (up to 2 times per year and only when I am REALLY bad.) I've heard that Lyrica is very good for fibro. patients but I personally cannot take it as I get the bad side affects. He also had me do a SLEEP STUDY 2 months ago. I have mild sleep apnea & now use a C-Pap at night which I love.
I will go see a cardologist for that next week, in the mean time was put on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> to help bring down the inflammation. The MRI and CT Scan did not show this, my doctor told me when she felt underneath the right side of the chin, (where it is tender and swollen) it feels hard around my artery. I would not let this go for very long, go get checked.
Many people suffer the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome because they take glucocorticoid hormones such as <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammatory diseases, or for immunosuppressant after transplantation. Others develop Cushing's syndrome because of overproduction of cortisol by the body. Normally, the production of cortisol follows a precise chain of events.
The pain across the back of your shoulders is very typical of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>fibromyalgia</span>. It is not uncommon for lupus patients to also have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>fibromyalgia</span>. The one thing that seems to help with fibro is sleep. I take a benadryll and a melatonin to help me sleep. I'm not saying that you only have lupus. I was also told that all I had was fibro and deep don I knew I had more than fibro. I know people w/ fibro and they have never been as sick as I was.
Is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> the treatment for your fatigue and pain? Yes, those are possible side effects of prednisone. I used to have body aches and pains,my co worker Doctor told me to check my Vit D levels since I worked nights, and found I was deficient. I took the prescribed 50,000 IU for several weeks and my body aches got better. I now take 2000 iu per day for maintenance. Magnesium, Vit D and calcium works together for Mg Ca balance. This helps a lot of health issues including what you have.
Of course, I plan on asking both my regular doctor and the neurologist about this also, but I was just wondering if anyone else has ever tried <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> for migraines or noticed a change for the better in their migraines if they've had to be on it for other reasons.
Is it normal to still have the cushings developing even after a month of stopping the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span>? It was only 20mg for four days, and a shot. Or should I talk to my endocrinologist? Thanks for your help.
Thank you for your reply. I was recently dx with SLE and was on a short term <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> treatment until my follow-up. I'm 37 now but when I was around 13-14yrs old I had "osteochondritis" in my knees and was pretty bad and the Dr. way back then put me on Methylprednisolone for a short time.
Have ANA positive, past liver enzymes off, thyroid regulated by medicine, take losec and zantac for hernia, avoid gluten and fatty foods, celexa for the fibro, and now pentacid for the crohn's. Was being followed for lupus, but still don't know if this is all fibro-related?? Suggestions??
Therefore, when my feet started to swell up again I went to the doctor right away and the put me on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span>, which did not do anything. I then developed constant stomach pain, the doctor ordered a Barium test (where you drink a couple cups of Barium and then they look at your stomach). The barium test did not reveal anything more than acid reflux. The night of the barium test I had to be taken to the emergency room by ambulance for a severe, severe, severe side pain.
around 2 weeks postpartum the pain was so terrible I went to the Doctor again, he did blood test and everything was normal except for a higher than normal uric acid level. He gave me some prednisone and anti inflammatories and sent me on my way. 2 week later, still not feeling better, I went back and he sent me to an internist, who then told me I have fibromyalgia. The tender points did all hurt when he applied pressure, and he gave my Lyrica, and here I am, only getting worse.
I am now refusing to take any heavy drug medication as <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> that he has prescribed for me.. I am demanding he take a closer look and Re Evaluation my condition since it has gotten much worse since my original diagnoses of 20 yrs ago... I have requested either CT scan or MRI ...to get revaluated to make sure there is nothing else going on. I understand this will not change my situation, but it would sure make me feel better about the prognoses & progress.
I'm scared because I know I'm going to need it to live! I also have had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>fibromyalgia</span> for years and along with that comes a sensitivity to a lot of meds. Does anyone have any info on this. Help Please!
Hi, I was on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> for the month of January 08 prior to going to the Mayo Clinic - needless to say I was doing much better by the time my appointment came at Mayo in February, so they didn't see me "at my worse." I had a difficult time expressing just how bad I was in Dec. , Jan. - but had everything down on my timeline. My opinion is to take the prednisone if it is causing discomfort, but make sure you take pictures of the rash now.
I voted on this one, despite having CFS instead of Fibro, but yes, I was on Ritaline and later Dexedrine for ADD for many years. The purpose of both (at least as far as ADD is concerned) is to increase your dopamine levels.
Hi. Thank you for taking my question. I am 38 yo female. I have been very active all of my life. I jogged (til 1999) 2-6miles a day (most everyday), and I attended exercise classes about 3 times a week. I felt good. In 1999, my health went down. I have always (since I can remember) had muslce twitches. In 99 I began to have very sore and knotted areas in my muscles. I was told by an ortho that I probably had fibro.
The increase in my prednisone has really, really, helped the pain! I know the risks involved with using it, but believe the benefits outweigh the risks at this point. When I'm 70 y/o, I may think differently, but for now, I can do more things than I could when I was off of the narcotics and at a much lower dose of prednisone. I see my pain specialist tomorrow (11-19-08) to see if he thinks I am eligible for the interthecal pain pump.
I was on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> for 9 months, 2 years ago for asthma. I am still not able to get rid of the moon face! I lost about 20 of the 70 lbs I gained right away and the rest is stuck. Since then, I've had pain in my back and feet. I've heard that prednisone encourages arthritis. Anyone else heard this or have problems? For the past 6 months, I'm in constant pain and am now being told it might be fibromyalgia. One good way to get rid of the pain . . . prednisone!
In my first and only meeting with a surgeon to discuss surgery he mentioned that sometimes people with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>fibromyalgia</span>, which I have, have more problems with the surgery or with healing. I didn't really understand what he said; can you explain. Also I take a steroid inhaler twice a day for asthma and have taken several rounds of prednisone tablets and three cortisone shots this year. Can these steroids affect the surgery?
So, that has plagues me for years and not one doc gave me prescription meds for it.... until I got lupus and fibro. Then I was given naproxen, which did not help, so my doc said stop taking it. But, I never heard of pleurisy and fibro. and she kept saying it was from lupus until our last visit, like she just got tired of me bringing it up..... So, don;t know what's up with that twist. Haven;t been offered steroids yet.
Have she tried any other FDA approved medications for <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>fibromyalgia</span> besides Lyrica? For example, Cymbalta and Savella?. Having terrible reactions to those pills, I take Trazodone which has tremendously helped me from being a cripple.
I actually had a friend who was on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> for 3 months at doses similar to yours who claims she even lost a few founds. Hmmm...Possible I guess. Another thing to keep in mind is that if this experiment works and you derive some significant benefit from it, then it is worth doing. I hope this information is helpful for you. Keep us updated on how you are doing. I hope this works and remember to keep eating healthy.
At age 28, after suffering for many years, I was diagnosed with lupus and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>fibromyalgia</span> and put on low dose <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> and anti-inflammatories. I only stayed on pred for a few months (5-10mg). Then at age 41, was diagnosed with Hashimoto's. Doctor said my thyroid function was fine, though. (But of course it was very much NOT fine. I was having tons of hypo symptoms!) Now after spending a fair amount of time reading up on AF, I am certain that I have pretty severe AF.
At times I will test positive for H. Pylori. but that's it. I was put on a course of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> for a sinus infection, and that was the first time I was able to be up and about after months of being bedridden. I was able to breathe better, less pain, my skin cleared up. I felt so much better. Doctors have dismissed it saying that everyone feels better on prednisone.
I have been seeing a rhuematologist for 3 years I am 35 yrs old. She diagnosed me with ra strictly from symptoms and xray results. My blood test have all come back negative. She says that I am a sero-negative ra patient. My concern is that I am not totally convinced that I have ra. I know I have all the symptoms and do get worse when I am off of my Arava but I also wonder if I could have Lupus because I have a lot of the symptoms of it and my sister has it.
The doctors believe it is just <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>fibromyalgia</span> and post viral syndrome. I go for a follow up with the neuro on 4/13. Are my symptoms consistent with fibromyalgia at this point? I don't have the pain like I used to when I originally thought that I had fibro which was before I got the pneumonia?
three months ago i received a shot of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> for fire ant allergies. i have a minor case of cirrhosis, the shot was 120mg, i was weighting at 135lb and in poor health. that night i experienced the first headache of my life. it was a sharp pain lasting a second right in the middle of my brain. next couple days i had a brain fog that was also new to me. naturally i did not take the steroid pills for weaning. and now three months later, my body has changed.
) But when I had a two-week course of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>prednisone</span> for sudden hearing loss, the achiness improved greatly or even went away for a long time--weeks or months, if I remember correctly. It might be a virus, but since it's happened twice after prednisone, who knows. You should let your doctor know about it. Hope you get some good rest. Rest REALLY helps achiness.
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