“We are just wanting to know if we need to start steroids.”
Doctors will often make this comment when seeking out a rheumatology consultation. Prednisone has almost become synonymous with rheumatology. For years it was one of just a handful of treatments at our disposal to calm down the myriad of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions we came across. But the liberal use of prednisone by rheumatologists also served as education to all the harms the drug can cause.
When facing a prescription for prednisone, one can have many mixed feelings. Relief at the prospect of having some respite from pain and fear at the idea of all the side effects. Prednisone use has become so ubiquitous, especially with autoimmune disease, it can be easy to think of it as simply another “Tylenol” or “Advil.” But it needs to be understood and respected in order to be best used.[Read more…] about Do you need Prednisone?