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