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Corticosteroids

I'm taking 20mg per day and getting some relief. What are the long term effects of taking that dosage?

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Steroids have been the *only* thing that consistently helps. I am a bit confused about that because I read steroids don’t help folks with AS and it’s not recommended treatment.

posted about 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Steroids are the ONLY thing that relieve my pain and the doctors refuse to give it (medrol pack)to me more than once every six months. I have tried Humira and Enbrel. Pretty much totally disabled at age 37. I understand the risks but what else can I do if low dose steroids are the only thing that give me quality of life. Seeing a new rheumatologist soon...curious what they will say. Maybe there is another medication that can work for my AS 🙏🏼 Any thoughts are appreciated. I’m a prednisone drug seeker lol!

posted about 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Steroids help with pain management by effectively reducing inflammation so that's great if they are helping you feel better. There are long term effects / side effects with Steroids, so if you are facing something out of the norm definitely consult with your doctor.

posted about 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I take 5mg daily and have for 8-10 years. It is considered low-dose so they are not worried about side effects. I would think you should only take 20 mg doses for a short time to get you through a flare. I do that occasionally too.

posted about 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

They can cause diabetes if taken too long at a high dosage. If your doctor is prescribing it, I wouldn’t worry too much.

posted almost 2 years ago
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