I am beginning to sound like a broken record but this is where I am at with weaning off of prednisone after 11 years of being on the drug non stop.
In my last post about the coming off -“Prednisone Withdrawal Symptoms Worse Than The Actual Side Effects“- I described the different types of pain I was experiencing. At two and a half months after going down to 4mg, the withdrawal symptoms began to disappear – joint pains were gone, headaches subsided, energy levels increased.
Then last week marked month three and time to go down to 3mg, which I did. It’s now seven days later and the shoulder pain has kicked back in. My arm muscles and joints are weak and painful making it difficult to lift anything that weighs over five pounds. I am not as tired as when I went down to 4mg, and I think that’s a good sign, and neither do I have any horrendous headaches.
In May I go down to 2mg providing that all goes well. Right now the pains and aches are an annoyance more than anything else, and they are not getting in the way of work or otherwise, so if my pain gets too annoying, I’ll pop a couple of Tylenol.