Prednisone and Prednisolone are fantastic drugs that can make you feel SO much better, if used correctly. Please be careful. I am / was (?) steroid dependent for a year after my diagnosis. My doctor, while a fantastic and smart guy, didn't specialize in CD and I guess maybe i slipped under his radar. When I changed doctors (I moved) it was discovered that my body was depending on the drug to get by and getting off of it would be a b*tch. I wanted to get off of it mainly due to the weight gain (especially in my face) and the mood swings, but I NEEDED to because a bone density scan showed that I had osteopenia. Basically my bones were weakening and I had developed the precursor to osteoporosis at age 22! While you are on Prednisone or Prednisolone PLEASE PLEASE take calcium. I had no idea the damage I was doing to my bones for almost a whole year. Do it for me!
22 years old, female, young professional in New York City with Crohn's Disease. Diagnosed September 2007 .. one year anniversary! 3 hospitalizations, many screaming bellyaches, and countless embarrassing bathroom runs since diagnosis. Currently injecting one Humira pen every 2 weeks and tapering off Prednisone (ugh thank goodness, I can be thin again). Until recently, I was classified as "steriod dependent" Have been on Pentasa and hyoscyamine in the past.