Bronchiectasis & Steroid Taper
After a recent visit to National Jewish Hospital (NJH) in Denver, I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis. I have also been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was advised by NJH to immediately begin a prednisone taper due to the dosage and duration (25mg daily 2yrs). I had been asking to taper for at least 1 year. The drug was tearing my body down (I.e. onset of HBP, cholesterol, pre diabetes) with conditions I never suffered from before.
As my prednisone dosage reduced, I began to suffer from daily headaches, and was diagnosed with pneumonia twice. My neb treatments (saline & albuterol) make my head hurt more from the coughing. I am down to 12.5mg and now my bronchiectasis is worse.
Can anyone share their experience with tapering? I am beginning to feel as if I will never be able to get off prednisone.
Thanks in advance.