To answer the question about what and how long:
She was diagnosed on 11/3/09, that night I have her 30mg dexamethisone (may be misspelling it) and 20 cc Baytril. At that point she could not walk, running fevers (was giving her alcohol baths that day and one prior), she had over 50% of her body in swollen sores (that are hard to explain) and all limbs swollen like telephone poles. Very lethargic and in pain. I was begging the vet to call the lab for results as I didn't think she would last many more days.
Within 12 hours of the inject, it was a big turn around. Next morning, it was 20mg of dex injected. By that evening, 50% of swelling was gone and she could walk easily 20cc Baytril again that night.
Day 2 - 20mg of dex injected and 20cc Baytril orally. By now, almost all swelling is gone, she is trotting and totally different horse.
Day 3 - 10 mg of dex injected and 20 cc Baytril orally. Bucking and looking great.
Day 4 - 10 mg of dex inject and last 20 cc Baytril orally.
Day 5 - 10 mg of dex orally
Day 6 - 10 mg of dex orally, she is starting not to look right,
Day 7 - a.m., new sores appearing, slower to walk and swelling returned in rear legs. It's BACK....had given 10mg of dex orally in a.m. That p.m. Vet had me give 20mg dex injected
Day 8 - didn't respond as well as before, injected 10mg dex and started 20 prednisolone tablets.
Day 9 - Injected 10 mg dex and 20 pred tablets, she is looking a little better, able to walk easily but still painful and some swelling in back legs.
Day 10 - Will give last 10 mg dex injection tonight and will stay on pred tablets for two weeks and reasses at that time. Assuming she is stable at this dose for now.
I hope it's ok to give a blow by blow description. What I'm learning is it is hard to decrease the meds (which have such bad side effects). And each time it come back, it's harder to settle down.
Thanks for any input, hopes, thoughts, and prayers.