When the CT on April 7th showed there was still some inflammation in my left lung where I had pneumonia in February, my onc prescribed a course of prednisone - 40 mg a day for 7 days, then 20 mg a day for 30 days. This was also when he pointed out that a lot of my pain was possibly coming from the rib fracture he could feel, so prednisone might also help there.
I took the first two weeks' worth faithfully, and actually did feel some better, plus put back on some much-needed weight (about 2.5 kg). Into this third week, however, I am feeling like a raving maniac. I can't control my temper; I can't sleep; and I can't stop eating. (The eating part wouldn't be too bad, except I need to baby my stomach with all the pain meds I am taking).
The side effects bother me so much that I skipped the prednisone for a couple of days. My cough started right back up, so I guess the inflammation still isn't gone.
Do steroids do this to everyone, or is this just in my head?
May 06 Stage IV CC: liver,ovarian mets
Oct 07 inoperable lung mets
Feb 08 - Apr'12 chemo
allergic to oxaliplatin, irinotecan
Aug '12-Feb'14 Genentech PD-L1/Avastin trial
Mar '14 -radiation to largest lung nodule
still recovering; looking at trials again