Prednisone, PMR, and Colds

Posted by paulinef @paulinef, Jan 1, 2018

I have PMR and currently taking 8 mg prednisone per day – slowly decreasing. Since our winter here in eastern Ontario started I have had three almost concurrent colds and other than taking daily zinc and vitamin C supplements, I am wondering if there is anything else that would safely boost my suppressed immune system. I tried echinacea/american ginseng supplement for one day and had an unfavourable reaction. Thanks for any input.

@lumberjill

Hi,
I was recently diagnosed with PRM. After the initial blast of Prednisone, I’m “managing” on a daily dose of 10-12.5mg. I caught a little cold, it would barely have been impactful pre PRM. But, now I’m wiped out by it. Is this common with PRM and/or Prednisone? The cough is driving me crazy. I would never go to the doctor for a common cold before, is PRM a game changer with regarde to something as simple as treating a cold?

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My PMR pain is totally compounded by any cold/flu/virus/or other inflammatory condition. I don't feel have enough natural Cortisol manufactured by my adrenal glands to handle the PMR let alone something else that needs inflammation controlled. So, yes I think PMR is a game changer. (I've had PMR on and off for almost 18 years!)

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Have PMR and wondering if there is a relation between prednisone dose and extent of immune system being compromised? In other words, for example, if one is taking 7mg of prednisone his immune system would be 50% compromised and if taking 3mg immune system would be 25% compromised.

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@visionatsea

Have PMR and wondering if there is a relation between prednisone dose and extent of immune system being compromised? In other words, for example, if one is taking 7mg of prednisone his immune system would be 50% compromised and if taking 3mg immune system would be 25% compromised.

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Hello @visionatsea, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I also have PMR but it is currently in remission. I have no medical training or background but I don't think you can directly quantify a specific dosage of prednisone to a percentage of risk of compromising your immune system. There is another discussion that may be helpful and more related to your question and you can meet other members asking and discussion similar questions.

> Groups > Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) > Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), prednisone and Coronavirus COVID-19
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/coronavirus-and-pmr/

I haven't seen any PMR specific information for COVID-19. Mayo Clinic has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 that has a topic for how to reduce your risks — https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/reduce-your-covid-19-risk-wash-hands-clean-cell-phones-and-workstations/

Did you see the new Group added to Connect for COVID-19? It has a lot of discussions that you might find helpful during this stressful time — https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/covid-19/

Have you read anything about taking prednisone and the risks associated with COVID-19?

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@visionatsea

Have PMR and wondering if there is a relation between prednisone dose and extent of immune system being compromised? In other words, for example, if one is taking 7mg of prednisone his immune system would be 50% compromised and if taking 3mg immune system would be 25% compromised.

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That's a great question and I have the same concern – unable to find an answer. Please let me know if you have any new information on this.

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