This article is part of a series of stories of Prednisone Warriors sharing their experience with prednisone side effects. Job shares this story to show some ways he has found to cope with prednisolone side effects. Job is from the Netherlands where they use prednisolone instead of prednisone, but they are virtually the same thing.
When Job Started Prednisone
When I was 6 years old, I was hospitalized for my asthma. The only medicine I responded on was prednisone. I used it until I was sixteen. The only thing I can remember from my childhood as a side effect was that I was emotionally vulnerable. I was a boy, but emotional people found that I acted more like a girl.
I had no full moon face during my childhood.
In my teenage years the prednisone was tapered off. I have lived several years without prednisone.
Why Job Takes Prednisone
After an emotional conflict in my early twenties, my asthma came back. I got new inhaler medicine with low doses of prednisone. Sometimes a punch dose was needed to get my system under control. We now know that those inhalation medicines can have the same side effects as prednisone tablets. I use these medicines now for over 40 years.
After my wife got an acute thyroid inflammation and work precure was high my system reacted with an outbreak of eczema. The acute thyroid inflammation of my partner was life threatening because my wife has no spleen from the age of four, because she has congenital sferocytose.
The treatment of the eczema was 30 mg prednisolone for a couple of weeks, then Neoral (cyclosporine) and Myfortic (mycophenolic acid). My resistance is now disturbed without any physical course.
To hold my asthma and eczema under control I now use an inhalation medication and 10 mg prednisolone daily.
How Job Copes with Prednisone Side Effects
I had problems to fall asleep and emotional problems. For the emotional problems I followed two classes of Mindfulness. For my sleeping problems I now use 0,1 mg melatonin. Thanks for that tip on your website.
I had some years ago also prednisolone cataract on both eyes. For about a year I had severe problems with seeing. After two eye operations for new lenses this problem was solved.
We know how we can cope with the emotional problems. The only side effect that is visible are the bruising on my arms. Sometimes a few bruises, sometimes more.
Concerns for Prednisone Side Effects
My allergies are our main concern, especially for fragrances, chemical ingredients and my UVA and UVB allergy. This means we live in a kind of permanent lock down.
My other concern is the medical control for the side effects of my medication. Most doctors in the Netherlands give you medication but there is no control for the side effects.
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