Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Well, my 12 months are almost up and I haven't met my goal. I am still on prednisone and the weight won't come off as quickly as I would like. My exercising is also not increased as I would have liked due to my pain and decreased stamina to walk very far without rest. My cholesterol has gone up to 168 and my blood pressure seems to be increasing slightly too. I have a dilemma about my medication with my Rheumatologist telling me I will have to stay on the prednisone and my cardiologist telling me that I need to come off the prednisone. He is giving me 6 months to try to get my cholesterol under control without medication. I am staying well under the daily limits of cholesterol in my diet but since I can't exercise more with the intensity that I need to, I feel that he is going to want me to take a statin to control the cholesterol. I have just started a calcium channel blocker called procardia that is for blood pressure initially but the orthopedic has prescribed it for the RSD (CRPS) pain and it has helped the burning sensation.