Prednisone CAN be bad, but there are many of us who simply suffer from very very minor side effects like moon face and the inability to sleep some nights. Prolonged use can cause osteoporosis but thisi s why you take calcium supplements(I take chewable caltrate).
There isn't really a guarantee that it will work for you like it did for anyone else, but my personal experience has been that I feel much better and can actually function normally in comparison to what I was--a complete invalid.
Besides, if it doesn't help or you just can't stand how it personally affects you, you can always stop taking it and find an alternative with your doctor right? :)
I wouldn't hold out until it gets worse though. Actually, please don't. Exacerbating the symptoms cannot help in the long run and may force you to take other much scarier things you really don't ever want to take.
Please, don't hesitate to ask ANY questions and rant as much as you want. That's what we're here for!!
If you're looking for alternative supplements, ask away as well. The prednisone is supposed to act as an anti-inflammatory. I take that, but I also take something called bee propolis which is a NATURAL anti-inflammatory and seems to work quite well(though as I am still on the prednisone I don't know how well it works on its own yet). I also use the occasional digestive enzyme and I take the probiotic acidophilus, and am looking into other natural supplements/ingredients such as ox bile, ginger, chamomile, meadowsweet, plantain, etc. etc. etc. Just something to look into..
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.