Altogether, I’ve been taking Prednisone (a steroid to treat autoimmune disorder) for 13 months. However, I’ve been taking a higher dose every single day for 7 1/2 months (ever since I conceived). It is not typical to take such a high dose for so long. Most people take an average dose for a short time to treat acute issues, such as allergic reactions, illness, or pain. My situation is definitely not typical. Had I not continued Prednisone, my body could have gone into attack mode on my baby.
Now that it’s nearly time for my baby’s arrival, Dr. Kwak-Kim wants the medication out of my system. I began weaning off of Prednisone 12 days ago, and I’m almost done. I never imagined how difficult it would be. I mean, it’s not a narcotic!
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Severe fatigue and weakness
- Weakened immune system
- Body aches
- Low grade fever
- Joint pain
- Depression/hormonal changes
- Weight loss
Considering my immune system is already compromised due to autoimmune disorder, immunodeficiency, and pregnancy, this huge change has hit me like a ton of bricks. Plus, Andy had a bad cold during the time I started weaning off of Prednisone. I already felt crappy from withdrawal symptoms, then I quickly caught his cold — only I ended up with a sinus infection that turned into bronchitis. I’ve been taking Benadryl and Mucinex, as well as taking good care of myself. Nothing has been working, so I went to Urgent Care yesterday and received antibiotics, nasal spray, and an inhaler. I can finally breathe a little better today. I still feel sooooo yucky though.
Dr. Kwak-Kim’s nurse had said I may experience a couple problems, but didn’t go into much detail. Like I said above, I didn’t realize how bad it would be. Obviously, I know now, it’s going to be worse since I’ve been on the medication for so long. I found the list of withdrawal symptoms after I began having them. Had I known all the possible issues, I would have delayed weaning off while Andy was sick. It kind of freaked me out that I began feeling so awful. I was/am worried about my baby, I admit. I am wondering if he’s being affected, too. Thankfully, he’s been very active this whole time. I have a Non-Stress Test on Tuesday, which will help alleviate any worries I may have. And hopefully I’ll be feeling a lot more like myself again very soon. If not, I’ll definitely be in talks with all my doctors.