If you’ve ever had to use Prednisone, you could write this post yourself. You have my total sympathy.
If you’ve never had to take it, count your blessings. It is used as an anti-inflammatory, among other things, and does its job well in that regard. But the side effects? Oy.
This has been me for the last 4-5 nights. Last night I slept for three hours, and I’ve been awake since 2 a.m. Had a melt-down this morning just from lack of sleep. I’m not given to melt-downs. They’re no fun, and they don’t help. One. More. Day.
So why take the stuff? Because it DOES help swelling and inflammation that make it difficult to treat certain conditions. Next week, we’ll make a decision about another spinal steroid shot, which really couldn’t be made without a good visual, i.e. xray or MRI. Inflammation had to be reduced first. And the pain IS better.
There are many other side effects of Prednisone, which a good doctor always points out before prescribing the stuff. Some people can’t stop eating, and gain a lot of weight. Others get headaches. It’s a long list. For me, the wired-up feeling, shaky hands, emotions out of whack, and sleeplessness are the worst. I’ll have some of the same reactions from the steroid injection, but they will pass quickly. And the extended pain relief is worth it.
I like to think of Prednisone as the medical counterpart to good Bible preaching that gets under our guard and convicts us of sin. It’s uncomfortable. We don’t enjoy it. We want it to go away so our comfort zone isn’t invaded and we don’t have to DO anything to regain our spiritual composure.
Without it, though, it’s often hard for us to see the cause of our sin because of the swelling of pride and SELF that obfuscates the real problem–pride, anger, worldly lust–that’s a very long list, too. It’s only when we swallow the medicine and allow it to do its work in our hearts that we can see clearly and deal with our sin through confession and repentance.
This hasn’t been a fun week, but there have been some bright spots in the form of caring friends who have stopped in, called, messaged on Facebook, and so on.
And of course, there’s music.