Actually, it's not too bad. Of course, I've only gone down from 12.5mg per day to 10mg per day - so the story may change in the next few weeks.
What I've found is that my pain levels have increased a bit, and my fatigue has come back. (While I was on 12.5mg per day, I didn't even need an afternoon nap. I had so much energy and so little pain, I even tried riding a bike.)
So why isn't it as difficult as I expected?
I've done basic things, like buying a hose to water my few herbs and vegetables, instead of carrying buckets of water. Thankfully, it's rained so much lately I haven't needed to water much anyway. I have to resist the urge to pull out weeds, even though the ground is soft at the moment - but wait for a fine day and spray them instead.
It's time to rediscover all of the arthritis gadgets I haven't bothered using in ages. One day, I must share with you photos of my gadgets and descriptions of what I use them for.
|New favourite shoes, worn twice, now retired.|
Yes, the prednisolone had been at a high enough dosage that I could wear high heels for short periods of time without pain. Now my ankles are hurting when I wear flat shoes, or even clump around the house in my slippers.
All in all, after a couple of wonderful months of being pretty much "normal", I'm returning to my miserable, tired, much-pained self. But at least this time around, I'll know how to handle it. Experience is a great teacher, and I've been here before. I survived then, and I'll survive now.