Wild, violent dreams and prednisone?

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princesscolon
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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I started taking Prednisone again 2 weeks ago and finished tapering it 4 days ago.  Since I started it, I feel like I am tossing and turning all night, I have these nightmares or wild dreams all night and wake up feeling exhausted and sweaty.  I thought now that I've been off it a few days it would stop, but last night I got another lovely one.  I got to go back to my Mom's funeral and people were laughing and joking and I was screaming in their faces then choking and vomiting all over.  I've been having these horribble dreams for 2 weeks and I never feel rested when I wake up.  Do you think it's the Prednisone or am I going insane?
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle, etc...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with almost rectovaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Jan 29) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil as needed, Darvocet, Tylenol pm


Lonie
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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Princess -- it's definitely the Prednisone. I too had those terrible nightmares, the craziest dreams and lots of sweating. Also during the day I felt like my head was going to spin. I had a lot of good workout during my prednisone days though! Gave me lots of energy. Have you tried some herbal tea before you go to bed such as Camomile or Sleepytime? That might soothe things a bit.

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WhiteSox1
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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
What a strange dream you had.
 
I haven't had any dreams like that since I've been on Prednisone but when I was flaring real bad I had some pretty wild and graphic dreams.
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tjf
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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely the pred. I still have alot of crazy dreams....I think it is from the Imuran. I had a horrible one last night. I was so relieved to wake up this morning!
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Sideshowbob
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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
i almost never dream as far as i know.
35 year old Male, Husband, Father of the best three kids in the universe.
First Flare was February 2005. Diagnosed June 2005-left-sided Colitis, suspect it has since spread. Started 4000 mg Oral Salofalk June 2005-stopped January 2007. Remission until November 2006. Been in a flare to various degrees since November 2006 to February 2007. Currently in remission.
Presently on 0 mg Prednisone-down from 60 mg!
Weekly 4000 mg Salofalk enemas.
Daily 4000 mg Salofalk oral.
Started Omeprazole 20 mg February 2007.
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princesscolon
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   Posted 1/10/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Must be nice, Bob. I have always had a big imagination and pretty crazy dreams, but since the Prednisone, they are extreme. The other night, I dreamt my son was being molested, I almost woke up screaming the other night I was chased all night by serial killers, etc. There hasn't been any new stress or anything going on in my life, so I'm hoping it's the Prednisone. I am scared to go to sleep at this point! I have tons of chamomile tea, I didn't think of it but will have some tonight and try to think happy thoughts before bed. I hate Prednisone!
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle, etc...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with almost rectovaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Jan 29) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil as needed, Darvocet, Tylenol pm


MitzMN
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   Posted 1/10/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
You might be surprised at how you can direct your dreams, if you are aware of them. It's at least worth a shot. Imagine yourself as super powerful or able to fly before you go to sleep, and escape from the monsters, to a beautiful meadow. It's worth a shot.

I know when I went on Effexor, I had some very disturbing dreams. Weird -- let me tell you. I'd be embarrassed to say what they involved they were so strange. I still every once in a while have a bizarre dream, but they've gotten much fewer and farther between. I'm pretty sure your nightmares will be a distant awful memory soon.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
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princesscolon
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   Posted 1/10/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL Mitz,
A few days ago I had a dream I was on a parade float with my husband, and I am embarrassed of the rest of the details, lol... at least that one wasn't a nightmare! I just searched dream interpretations and choking & vomiting, I had 2 dreams this week where that happened. Interesting results for anyone who cares, I am wondering if it's cause I have been scared about surgery but am really considering it now:

Vomit
Vomiting in a dream may represent those things in life that cause you emotional stress, repulse you, and make you ill. This dream suggests that you are rejecting a thought, idea, feeling, or circumstance and that fast and, almost violent, cleansing is required. Examine your daily reality and try to identify matters that would cause such a strong physical reaction. While it is often associated with illness in waking life, it is appears in dreaming when our lives are most out of control. Most likely, this phenomenon has to do with the relationship between vomiting and nausea, or other common ill feelings in the gut.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle, etc...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with almost rectovaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Jan 29) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil as needed, Darvocet, Tylenol pm


Beth75
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   Posted 1/10/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
my last bad dream I had (a couple weeks ago) was there were serial killer children killing puppies. Though earlier that night I had watched "The Simpsons" and there were mechanical animals killing children........so I think it was a play on that. I had a really screwed up dream the other night, that I don't even want to talk about and it incidentally had my mom in it

I dream all the time and remember about 1/4 of them. I think that anything can kick off a dream, a smell, a sound, a tv show......it's all subconscious.

I really like the flying ones = )
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
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Mart1972
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   Posted 1/10/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hullo. I definitely think the pred causes bad dreams. I wrote about it on my blog here:

http://numbertwos.blogspot.com/2007/11/nightmare-start-to-tuesday.html

Sweet dreams.

UCinNC
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   Posted 1/10/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
yup, I agree it is the pred. hang in there. I had awful dreams on pred too, and my sheets were always totally soaked. gross.

I have heard that writing down your thoughts before you go to bed can help steady the subconscious and lead to better dreams. may be worth a shot...
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blessteve
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   Posted 1/10/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
When I am one that crap I get violent day dreams or thoughts.
Like standing in line at the grocery store makes me so mad I want to explode.
Diagnosed panColitis 1990.
Current Meds Asacol x4
twice a day.
Pred for flares.
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KSpace
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   Posted 1/10/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Holy cow, if you guys are having bad dreams, I'm worried about going to bed tonight. I just recently started steroid enemas, and I just saw the movie "Saw 4" tonight. :)

But I agree, I have had a lot of "energy" while on prednisone. I've been working out too. Unfortunately, I feel like my sleep is unrestful and like I've been up all night and trying to stay up drinking coffee (even though I never drink coffee). Meds SUCK!
15 cm left sided colitis
currently on a trial of cortenemas, and that's all!
keeping my fingers crossed


pb4
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   Posted 1/10/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Pred can cause nightmares (well for many being on pred is a nightmare in itself isn't it)....but for me I've found the more severe my flare is then it seems to bring on alot of bathroom/toilet dreams and anxiety dreams about bathrooms/toilets, even without being on pred this happens, as I don't recall having bad/crazy dreams while on pred, but definitely during really bad flares I do, and especially just before my flare gets really bad, almost like a warning....

I remember having a dream about public toilet stalls (there was poop in every one of them and it disgusted and angered me in the dream) just before I got sick with crohns, I woke up so disgusted of having such a dream...little did I know I was going to be living it (now that's a living nightmare).

:)
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bk1579
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   Posted 1/11/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thankfully I never had nightmares while on prednisone, but some of the craziest dreams ever...I mean, CRAZY!!!!!!! Funny dreams, one right after another...I wish I could remember at least one so I could share it, but I can't...I remember I would wake up in the mornings and tell my husband my dreams, laughing really hard...He thought I had lost my mind...They were so funny...Since I'm off the pred now, most of those are gone...I did sweat a lot during the night while taking it, and had some insomnia...I hope I never have to take that stuff again!!!
28 Yrs old
Dx UC 3/07
4 Asacol 3x/day (when I remember to take them)
5mg Prednisone
Remicade (only had three infusions)
Fish Oil supplements
Multi-vitamine
 

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