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Hi Reemu!

Are you taking any supplements at all? Long term wise, you need to supplement your body with Vitamin D and Calcium, as the Prednisone causes a depletion of the absorbtion of calcium, thus weakening bones and eventually causing osteoporosis. Prednisone also decreases the immune system, so Vitamin C daily is very beneficial. I also take DHEA as more recent research has shown that adrenal insufficient people are also DHEA insufficient. DHEA has a lot of benefits to the hair, skin, mood, and sense of well being which can be robbed from us at times. Don't know what I would do without the DHEA! I also take another supplement, but some reason this website does not allow me to talk about it! :) Anyways, before I started taking all these supplements, my AD was quite out of control. It has taken me a while to figure all this out, but all these, with a high amount of salt intake, keeps me level! :)

Hope that helps! Here's to better health for you!
MaryAnn :wave:
[QUOTE=reemu;3089747]I guess i'm interested in hearing about people who have taken both (cortef / prednisone) and have a preference - although it sounds more and more like it will be personal trial and error.[/QUOTE]

I have only taken Cortef but am very pleased with the results. I feel so much better although have gained a lot of weight. I am now back to the weight I was 2 years ago. I have read that it isn't the medication but me eating too much. I am also taking Florinef and DHEA. With the combination of the three I am feeling so good again. I took prednisone years ago but don't recall exactly what for. I do remember my neck swelling from it. My father was on it for a few years (he had emphazema) and at the end of his life his bones were so brittle they would break when he rolled over in bed. Calcium is a MUST! Please make sure no matter what you take that you also supplement with calcium for your bones.

I am feeling so good again that I just hope and wish that all of you out there with Addisons are getting what you need to be where I am at!

I have been sick a lot with flu, cold, strep since my diagnosis in Feb. and starte to feel sorry for myself the last time. I was in the ER for dehydration from the flu and one week later got a cold. My sister told me to stop my whining she had heard enough. (she was joking) It made me laugh and I realized how far I had come since nearly dying in February and I wasn't going to let a cold kick my butt. I am doing so well.
Diane44





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