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I have no appetite and I am full after only a couple of bites. I am losing weight and have lost about 12 pounds in 3 weeks. I have dropped a whole pant size. Although i am not upset by that, i think it is strange that I am not hungry especially since I take prednisone. Any thoughts?
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Dr. Arun Phophalia
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What is your age?

Since when are you taking prednisone and for what reason?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I am 28. I have been taking prednisone for 1.5 years for an autoimmune disorder

You are right. You need blood work for mild grade infection which may occur in people who are on steroids. Typical symptoms do not occur as they are masked by prednisone. Loss of appetite, significant weight loss warrant probing for the cause.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
OK. I find though that since my white count has been elevated for about the same amount of time I have been on prednisone. Since it is always high, no one knows if I have an infection or not. I have been hospitalized before because I had no signs of an infection until I was very sick. So what should I do? If it is an infection, I don't want to get to the point that I need IV antibiotics...

A repeat of complete blood counts, comprehensive metabolic panel and culture of urine and blood are first step to identify the infection.

According to the results treatment can be started.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok, thank you.

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