Discussion in 'Therapy / Medications' started by 5150Marine, Jul 29, 2012.
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Predisone is also notorious for terrible weight gain.
I was on prednisone high dose when I got medevac'd out from the desert.. steroid psychosis sucks dick...
and ya I got hit on my eval for being overweight.. told the chief it was the prednisone he told me I was full of crap cuz steroids buffed you up.. go figure.. and he was a Doc..
What are you on it for if you don't mind me asking?
I was on prednisone for more than a year for a kidney problem. As you know it's a steroid and an immunosuppressant which is probably the reason for using it to treat your RA. It is a steroid and all the wonderful side effects of steroids; rages, upset stomach, ect., come along with it. I had them also as well as growing a ton of hair where I didn't need it.
If you have RA, it will probably never go away. Exercise does help as well as accupuncture. both get the bodies natural helpers in order.
One other thing, if you do decide to get off it make sure you take a long time to ween yourself off of it no matter how low the dosage. It can cause a backlash with your immune system that will cause any number of wonderful things to happen. I hate it and am glad I'm off of it. I'm still having problems that are popping up from having used it, even though the dosage was low, 10mg and I was on it for a little more than a year.
Suppressing the immune system is the accepted treatment for RA. I'm sure I don't have to tell you but you might consider looking into other meds which don't have the effects on your system that your current ones are. RA's a tough one, hope you find somethings that helps and doesn't make your life crappy.
My advice to all veterans is to research every drug that your doctor or psych gives you and then ask him/her about them the next time you see them. Also, every six months revisit these drugs and search on the net for more modern alternatives. I originally got suggestions from this site which helped me.
My reasons for saying this is that some psychs/doctors blanket prescribe to treat all symptoms and hope they hit the right one. Everyone is different you see and what works for one doesn't always work for another.
I was prescribed Lyrica to replace my pain medication, however, it works better as a mood stabiliser. Whereas one of my other mates who does not have PTSD uses Lyrica for chronic pain.
Many times, also, doctors prescribe something that they know works in a greater percentage of cases. Doesn't always work for each individual. And sometimes they just push something that the drug companies are paying them to.
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