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Done With Month One

originally posted may 25, 2012

it’s been exactly a month since i received my diagnosis for RA, and i have to say, i feel pretty great.

my rheumatologist put me on prednisone taper (20mg for one week, then 15mg, then 10mg, then 5mg). i noticed the drug kick in right away but was a little nervous about the side effects — everyone said i’d be hungry to the point of no return, gain weight because of it, and feel whirly or unable to sleep. all i really felt was the sensation of my heart beating rapidly and as if it were coming out of my chest when i’d do any sort of physical exertion (even walking up stairs or down the hall quickly). some nights i didn’t pass out on the couch as early as i normally would, i’d be up until i fell asleep easily around midnight. after i tapered down to 15mg and especially to 10mg, i didn’t notice the heart beating anymore, nor did i notice evening awakeness. i pretty much seemed like my normal self.

that said, i am continuing on the 5mg now. some mornings i wish i were still taking 10 (which my doctor said i could do as needed but i haven’t). now that i’m down to 5mg, i notice a bit of swelling in a few of the knuckles that gave me the most problems originally and the tingling feeling in my feet is sometimes present for just 3-4 steps when i get out of bed. such a significant and total improvement from where i was four weeks ago when i could barely walk for hours upon waking up. i’ll take it!