I remember years ago- 15 maybe- when I was very sick with the flu. It seemed like my 'windpipe' would just snap shut sometimes when I tried to breathe and I would make a loud barking sound just trying to get air. The doc had me on 6 scripts, one was prednisone. When the prednisone didn't help he told me to stop taking it and I did- cold turkey. I suffered excruciating pain for about 24 hours over my whole body. I finally went to the ER thinking I had pneumonia or something. They told me to never stop steroids cold turkey.
But the pain reminded me of a few weeks ago when I woke up with pain in all my joints. could they be related? Can stopping steroids cold turkey do permanent damage? What kind?