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Hi - I am on adrenal glandulars and natural cortisol for my adrenal insufficiency and I love them both. I personally will never go on prednisone/cortisones ever again. They've helped with sleep disorders and chronic pain.
Hi. I've been on prednisone for 9 weeks not (5mcg) and it is making me crazy. Diagnosed w/secondary a. i.- want to get off pred. - interested in hearng more about the natural alternatives but don't think my endo is aware of them. Been seeing acupuncturist - an a million herbs. Is the doctor who prescribed your alternatives an endo? Many thanks for any guidance.
[quote]Originally posted by cathyk:
[b]Hi - I am on adrenal glandulars and natural cortisol for my adrenal insufficiency and I love them both. I personally will never go on prednisone/cortisones ever again. They've helped with sleep disorders and chronic pain.[/b][/quote]

Glad to hear there are alternatives to prednisone - yes?? Been on for 9 wks. and going crazy w/water retention/weight gain - and only on 5mcg/daily. Any advice? But don't think endo knows alternatives.

hi aly - I've been taking natural cortisol 20 mg daily (before noon), 25 mg DHEA, natural progesterone cream and 4-6 Adrene Forte caps daily. All were prescribed by my physician who is an MD. He practices mostly alternative but also traditional modalities - he based giving me the above on test results. The adrenal hormone test was the Adrenal Stress Index test, which is a saliva test measuring these hormones throughout the day. My cortisol levels were extremely low - the only time they were elevated was at 2 am - then I wanted to get up and start my day, then crash by 5 am.

I took prednisone a number of times in the past for asthmatic conditions - it's a double-edge sword - it got me breathing again, but the major side effect was RAGE and high anxiety. I feel it's OK for very short-term but is never a long-term solution - the numerous side effects are so devastating.

I'm real happy with the program I'm on.

Being in LA you should have access to a number of physicians who practice the way my MD does. Many times you can check out their websites and talk with other patients who have had success with them.

I hope this helps!
Aly I was just on Prednisone for a month. Finally quit it because of the wild mood swings, & other side effects.

First symptom I had was anger, lots of it. Snap at the drop of a hat, say things you'd never ordinarily say, etc. It can be controlled, but it gets tougher & tougher.

In my case a combination of synthroid & prednisone put me into a "storm" where at first I was angry, then all the emotions came into play. Anxiety followed by crying, followed by manic activity, followed by depression, etc.

Best of luck & hang in there.





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