When is a flare coming back?

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   Posted 7/28/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on prednisone since the beginning of March due to bleeding, pain etc. I started on 30mg but after 3 weeks it was doing nothing and I ended up in hospital for 3 days on an IV. The big doses of sudomedrol stopped the bleeding after a few days and I have been slowly tapering the prednisone since then.

I am now on 5mg but in the last couple of days I have had some bleeding again. Should I expect this? The last time I had problems was in 2005 when I was diagnosed, and I thought that I was symptom free when the prednisone was finished. Is it usual to have a return of symptoms when going off the prednisone? My cortisol levels were tested last week and they are really low.

I told my GI that I was having a little bleeding and he didn't seem worried. What have other people experienced?
44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Prednisone 12.5 mg, Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium 40 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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   Posted 7/29/2009 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Some people can't quit prednisone without a recurrence of symptoms. However, it may just be due to your low cortisol levels - pred shuts down the body's production of cortisol and it takes a while for it to start up again as pred is withdrawn. Your symptoms may vanish once your cortisol levels even out.
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