In my last health update, I reported that I had developed diabetes after having begun a prednisone treatment for my sarcoidosis. It has been a while since then, so I thought I would give a new update.
There is good news and bad news.
The good news is that I am almost finished weaning myself off of prednisone. This has had the desired effect on my blood sugar. I had been taking insulin at each meal and at bedtime. I have now been able to eliminate all of the mealtime insulin and am decreasing the bedtime insulin. My blood sugar is lower now than it was when I was on the insulin, and that is with a bit of cheating.
So what’s the bad news?
Although I’m weaning off the prednisone, I have started another medication for the sarcoidosis. That is fine except it does not seem to be as effective as the prednisone. My fatigue is back. I have been sleeping in most mornings (I’m currently on holidays) and yet I still need a nap after being up only an hour. In addition, the aches and pains in my muscles and joints is coming back.
This is the challenge of sarcoidosis. Prednisone is the most effective treatment but it has bad side effects on my blood sugar and cholesterol. So I have to weigh the benefits and drawbacks. At this point, I’m happy to be almost off prednisone and am willing to work around the sarcoidosis symptoms I have.