Another prednisone side effect: moon face

Okay, I’m finally admitting to myself that my puffy eyelids could be part of the dreaded “moon face” that prednisone can cause. I’ve been telling myself for several weeks that my face looks rounder just because I have so little hair on top of my round head. But I think it might be more than that.

The puffy eyelids and round face make me look fat and squinty-eyed. That’s what I see when I look in the mirror first thing in the morning — an intense Clint Eastwood squint in an unfamiliar, unpleasantly round face. No wonder my vision seems “off.” Part of each eye is covered, or at least heavily shaded.

It gets better after a few hours. Being upright, awake, and blinking helps reduce the puffiness. But I noticed today when I went to the store that sometimes there was something still not quite right.

Try squinting slightly; you’ll see what I’m talking about.

A good close look in a mirror when I got home confirmed that my eyelids were still swollen enough to possibly be affecting my vision. Even this evening, there was still some puffiness.

Yuck. This may not clear up until after I’ve been completely off prednisone for a couple of weeks. Say, mid March.

The fun never ends.


8 thoughts on “Another prednisone side effect: moon face

  1. disperser Friday, February 05, 2016 / 9:57 pm MDT

    Nope. Can’t like moon face. Heck, I’d never even heard of moon face.

    • PiedType Friday, February 05, 2016 / 10:01 pm MDT

      It’s definitely not likable.

  2. Jim Wheeler Saturday, February 06, 2016 / 10:15 am MDT

    No gain without pain.

    • PiedType Saturday, February 06, 2016 / 10:48 am MDT

      Ain’t that the truth. 😦

  3. philosophermouseofthehedge Saturday, February 06, 2016 / 3:48 pm MDT

    “an intense Clint Eastwood squint ” Love your comparison, but not that you are having to deal with this. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
    Water! Slosh that stuff out of the system? Enuff puff!

    • PiedType Saturday, February 06, 2016 / 5:05 pm MDT

      It may not be moon face; it may just be edema from having stopped the diuretic a few days ago. I’ll try taking 1/2 the prescribed dose and see what happens. But whatever is going on, I’ll keep drinking as much as I can. Slurp, slurp, slosh.

"You don’t have to say everything to say something." ~Beth Moore

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