I think I have written here on my bout with something called polymyalgia rheumatic, or PMR. I was in very bad pain for two months until my new doctor diagnosed it and prescribed Prednisone. In two days I was pain free and launched on a more than year long slow reduction in the dosage, from an original 20 mg a day down, month by month, to 17.5, 15, 12.5 10, 9, 8, 7, etc etc until finally I will take 1 mg a day for a month and then quit. When I left for Paris ten days ago I was taking 12.5 mg a day but was scheduled to go down to 10 mg last Monday. Fearful that I might suffer a recurrence of the pain [that sometimes happens], I brought not only exactly enough Prednisone for the four week stay in Paris, but also an entire bottle of 5 mg tablets -- a three month supply -- just in case.
Well, Susie's MS has been getting suddenly much worse, so much so that she has been almost unable to walk. This morning, I went to rue Danton and rented a wheelchair. Susie has also been suffering an intensification of a painful condition referred to by MS patients as "tingling and burning." I put in an overseas call to her doctor in Durham, NC, and while I was waiting to make a connection with him, Susie mentioned that when she had her very first MS attack, before we were married 29 years ago, her doctor had prescribed Prednisone.
So I asked her doctor, after we made contact, and when I mentioned that I had a bottle full of the medication, he prescribed 20 mg a day to see whether it would help, . In a day or two we shall see whether it does.
I mean, do I know how to pack for a trip or what?