Steroids, psoriasis and a flare

dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,557
Morning chaps and chapesses, hope you are well.

I've been on humira for 11 months and it has done sterling work in reducing inflammation levels - single figures since the word go. I have PA, but usually not much of the P part. My last episode of it was Oct 2006, when I had it on my soles, palms and a patch on the inside of my left ankle, which has never really cleared since then. I went to dermatology in Jan 2007 and they told me to avoid taking oral steroids as they were not good for P.

Due to a real slump in the past few weeks my rheum. consultant put me back onto higher doses of prednisalone, starting at 20mg per day, reducing gradually to 7.5. I am curently on my second week of 17.5 per day, and the psoriasis has reappeared, in my scalp (been there before in 1997) and on the sole of my right foot, not huge amounts, but noticeable. My left knee is 3-4" bigger than my right and my right ankle has swollen.

So: can larger doses of steroids trigger a flare? In addition to the humira I am also on 17.5 injected meth per week, naproxen twice daily, omeprazole, sulphasalzine (6 tablets per day) and weekly alendronic acid. I have rung my hospital helpline but they have not yet responded. Any ideas you clever people? Dreamdaisy
Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben


  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 12,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi DD,

    Can't help but wanted to leave you a ((( ))) and a thinking of you message. luv Cris who has just noticed she smells so badly of sheep :wink: xx

    Hey helpline folk I got them sheared..... not quite he way you are taught but they are done! thank you for all you help and support re the sheepsis and their summer clothes. x
  • helpline_team
    helpline_team Posts: 2,344
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi DD

    I think this is one for a pharmacist. They would know and understand drug interactions better than us, and if you get no joy there it may be a good idea to ask for a review of medication with your rheumatologist.

    hope that helps.

    Hello Cris

    I'm glad to hear your been able to deal with the sheep situation! And ta for the CDM you left the other day.

    have a good good weekend all

  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,557
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks Simona, I hadn't thought of that. I will see what they say. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben