Steroids; 5 Days of Solu-Medrol Done!

What a 5 days! It felt like forever! Each day, the closer to completion I got, the slower time felt. It didn’t help that a couple of the nurses had a bit of trouble placing the line… several times… resulting in multiple pokes and bubbles of burning Solu-Medrol under my skin. So much fun! I don’t plan on ever going back there again. First of all, it was ran out of a 2 bedroom house converted into a medical building. Lots of businesses do that in Redlands, CA but still, it was kind of weird at first. Then I just don’t have any desire to put my veins through that pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey-game again. Never even had that issue with medical students! But I am done. I was supposed to start a Prednisone taper today but guess what? My doctor never ordered the Prednisone despite my nagging calls! Oh well.

So, I have not been affected by Solu-Medrol like that in a long time, it was weird. Main issue; I was so irritable! It was so hard for me to keep my cool over the stupidest little things! Issue two; I could not sleep. Most my days involve me being physically exhausted but mentally wide-awake preventing me from falling asleep. Well for the last few days I was mentally exhausted but physically I felt all jittery like I just needed to get up and do something but my brain just wanted to shut off even though it couldn’t. Night one I went to bed at 8:00pm but woke up at 2:00am tossing and turning as random thoughts like “how could I create a cooling pad to sleep on in bed using thin tubing, ice water, and a pump?”

After that night, I made sure I was getting sleep. First I took a piece of medical marijuana brownie and two Klonopin and… I slept for 14 hours, so… that was too much. The next night I ate a little less brownie and 1 Klonopin. That seemed to be the perfect balance. Went to bed at like 8 and woke up about 6. But despite my better sleep, today I still feel kind of jittery and I have that annoying feeling like I am forgetting to do something and I need to hurry up and figure out what it is because I am late for doing whatever it is. Typing is a bit tricky too because my fingers want to type faster than they can move. I could see this “energy” being good at times but not all the time. Besides, by time I start getting used to it the Prednisone will wear off, so whatever. Hopefully I can get something out of this without pushing myself too far as I definitely WANT to get all this stuff done that I know I can’t just yet.

I really want to start working out again. I’ll probably just start with some light stretching tomorrow and ease myself back into a routine. Between that, diet, the solu-medrol, and just getting the right amount of rest I am hoping to start feeling better sooner than later. Oh, by the way, I seem to have developed some sort of skin sensitivity to plastic tape! It was making my arm all red and my skin start to peel. Since when is my skin sensitive to anything?

Matt Allen G

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2010 at the age of 20. It's been a battle ever since and I have always shared my story and struggles online!

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