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Tired of Prednisone Side Effects? How to Get Off Prednisone and Say Goodbye to Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

by  Barbara Allan

Author of  Conquering Arthritis

The most famous of the cortiosteroids, prednisone is a feel-good medication, at least initially. Often people who get a prednisone injection into a joint, feel like a miracle has occurred. Unfortunately, the relief tends to be temporary and if you repeat the treatment too often, it will cause osteoporosis. It may also decrease your ability to fight infection and may prevent you from developing symptoms if you get an infection. It can be a nightmare to be on on-going oral doses. It can cause swelling, weight gain, redistribution of fat, thin fragile skin, osteoporosis, loss of contact with reality and many other serious side effects.

That being said, there are good reasons for using arthritis pain medications. The first is pain relief. Anyone who has ever been in pain knows how valuable that is. The second is to slow or stop ongoing joint damage. Because of the problems with repeated or ongoing use, where prednisone is most useful for arthritis is in disrupting a period of high inflammation and pain. But it is still important to be clear that pain relief and slowing damage are not the same as a cure. Are you on prednisone and experiencing any of the many other unpleasant side effects? There is a better way to deal with pain: get rid of it completely!

How Judy Got Off Pain Medication and Healed Her Rheumatoid Arthritis

After reading Conquering Arthritis, Judy realized she needed to change her diet to get well. She had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for 8 years and prednisone and other pain medications weren’t managing her pain. With the passing of her husband, the responsibilities of her family ranch fell to her. She struggled to keep up with repairing fencing and taking care of their cattle with her seemingly-unending joint pain. She decided it was time to take care of herself in a new way. She took the ALCAT blood test to identify her food sensitivities and eliminated those inflammation causing foods in her diet. She was able to get off of all her pain medication, including prednisone, and her bloodwork came back normal for the first time in 8 years! Her rheumatologist was amazed. Judy was ecstatic. Judy continues to live arthritis and pain free on her family ranch.


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