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To Steroid or Not To Steroid... - Life Imitates Pajamas

Feb. 1st, 2009 11:02 am To Steroid or Not To Steroid...

A week or so ago I tried a new doctor. He was ok, didn't LOVE him, but the other doctor in the office seems promising so I may check her out.

He gave me four new prescriptions: ventolin (an inhaler for daily use 4x), flovent (a stronger inhaler with a steroid for once a day *while I am sick*), singulair and an emergency scrip for prednesone. He said to fill it and if the cough didn't improve with all the inhalers and stuff, to start that and to come in to the office asap.

Now, you have all heard what I sound like from January through April. It has started with a vengeance. I dutifully started my new regimen of medicines, despite hating using the inhalers (even though I haven't gotten crappy side effects in years, TG) and feel no different.

I called the doctor a couple days ago to ask if it would be ok to add over the counter decongestants to the list.

Now, one of the things that attracted me to this doc was the reviews saying he was very holistic, and would just as likely suggest alternative methods and natural stuff when possible, blah blah blah. When we met he said that I should drink lots of fluids and use a nasal saline dingus and I told him I knew what a neti pot was and he seemed thrilled.

(not that I have used one, ick!!!)


So I was really surprised when his response to my request to add a decongestant was to tell me to start the prednesone.

Granted, I haven't been sleeping for coughing all night, but that wasn't even shared in the voice mail. All I said was that I was congested, and he told me to take a really heavy duty steroid that I KNOW makes people in my family wack ass crazy and gave me thrush the week of my wedding.

HOWEVER.


I *DO* feel like crap! If I felt like crap like this all winter and caved in April and took it and it stopped the cough, maybe taking it now will head the whole thing off?

How bad could it be? I mean, even if I DO get thrush, so I get some abx and be done with it?

I have such a knee jerk reaction to want to avoid medicine that I don't know if I'm being rational.

It would be nice to get a good night's sleep, though I hear that lack of sleep's going around like a virus.

Oh, right. And breathing. Breathing would ROCK.

'Course it doesn't explain why I can do 40 minutes on the wii fit but then get out of breath putting on my socks.

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From:kombu
Date:February 1st, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
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When Zach was first prescribed the nebulizer (xopanex), we were really hesitant to use it on him, but a couple of friends with asthmatic children told us how much it helps and how much of a difference it makes to use it early rather than hoping something goes away by itself only to have to use the nebulizer more later on. We still hate to use it, but preventative stuff and luck are the key, not putting it off once the need sets in.

That's for him, and everyone's different. I don't know how/if it will help you, or how it will affect you in unhelpful ways. Zach doesn't seem to get jumpy from it, or other bad effects, thankfully. I did recently learn that licorice is supposed to be good for "revitalizing the adrenals after steroid treatment" fwiw.

I hope whatever way you choose has you feeling better soon!

Oh, and thrush is yeast. Often caused by antibiotics and definitely not helped by them. And anti-fungals are nasty nasty medicine and don't always work. Take acidophilus. If you can stand the flavor, open a capsule and shake it right out onto your tongue if you're worried about it in your mouth specifically (swallow some capsules though, cuz you want some further down in your digestive tract too).
From:rainbowthespian
Date:February 1st, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my god! That's brilliant. They should make flavored acidophilus powder.

Thanks... It's good to hear from someone who goes through this crap...

and I will look into the licorice thing. Thank you so much for replying!
From:rainbowthespian
Date:February 1st, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I also heard that prednesone lowers your immune system, like I need another hole in my head...

I'm feeling crappy enough today that I'm goin g to start the prednespne.
From:mawrter
Date:February 1st, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Maybe combine it with taking your vitamins? Just the pills, you can skip the emergenC, since I know how much you hate that.

You deserve to feel better, sweetie. The medicine will help with that.
From:kombu
Date:February 2nd, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
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Astragalus is my favorite immune-boosting herb. Though J's right about the vitamins, too. I wouldn't skip C alltogether, but EmergenC is not the most exciting stuff health-wise.

Ginger & garlic (and curry, for that matter, per your later post) are good for phlegmy stuffy yuckiness.
From:jwitchbaby
Date:February 2nd, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
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I'm knee-jerk against meds too, so not voting on steroids or no, but regardless licorice is good for a lot of things... and it's yummy licorice!