Wow! The prednisone taper I’m taking has, literally, halved the pain in my left hip (the worst) and made my right hip pain-free, at least temporarily. I say that because, for most of the second day of the taper (yesterday), that’s how my hips felt. I was extremely happy. I haven’t walked without pain for months and without a limp for weeks and weeks.
By late afternoon, though, the bursitis pain in my left hip started ramping up again. By bedtime, both hips were back to “normal:” Aching, with the left shooting sharp, burny twinges down the outside back of my thigh to my knee. Phooey.
But, this morning both hips felt better. They stayed better (though not as better as yesterday) most of the day. Tonight, they hurt, but not nearly as much as last night. This is a Good Thing.
On a taper as short as this one (six days), the dreaded prednisone weight gain, moon-face and hump side-effects hardly have time to get started, thank goodness. And although I remember feeling distinctly odd and irritable on that taper so many years ago for the poison oak, this time I’ve not felt anything except better. So far.
I’m smiling, believe me. And I’m hoping… hoping. I have three more days on this taper, so maybe the continued, dwindling dosage of inflammation-quelling prednisone will convince my overactive immune system to lay off my hip bursae. I’d absolutely love to move on.
Once again, thank you all for your empathy and encouragement. It’s terrific to feel so supported and embraced by such caring friends.