pred sucks for everything except helping the crohn's. i become a crazy girl when i'm on it my bones ache i can't sleep i gain weight, i shake, my heart races. avoid salt when on it, eat potassium. helps with the weight thing. humira is great but insurences hate to pay for it. The thing with crohn's (at least for me) things work for a while and then they stop. and then i'm back on pred. I call it pred the dred. What works for me is adequate rest. And eventhough you just turned 21, avoid alcohol. It sucks but i learned that the hard way. Southern Comfort thru me into a flare once. Have you tried entocort? ASk your doc about imuran. It takes like 3 months to work but it can help. As for the pentasa, i took when i was your age and i used to take 8 pills twice a day cause there was no way that i could remember to take it 4 times a day. i don;t recommend this cause i don't know exactly how that horse pill works but that's how i took it.
Amanda-26-CNA/nursing student/revolutionary (gonna change the world)
Diagnosed at 16 (1998) bowel resection 2004 ( sexy scar)
been on pred, pentasa (16 horse pills a day c'mon), imuran,remicade and entocort
my dad also has it since he was 25
now just on humira.I go to the dr. 8/8/08 and i know that'll change. things work for a while and then stop as you all know.
and luckily thru it all i have an amazing bf who is unbelieveably supportive.