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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I started on prednisone last friday and i am allready experiencing great relief. For the first time in as long as i can remember i dont actually feel sick.
However im finding it hard to sleep (this is not something i usually have a problem with)
So my question to you guys is: is this normal that the medication could work so quickly?

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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   

 For me it is. I am on 50mg right now, sleeping is not happening. It only took 10 days for the moon face to set in. Now I have started sweating like a pig all the time. I hate the drug, but it is the only way I feel ok.

 I would try a nice warm bath, and a quiet room and dark. It helps me alittle. Sometimes I take a nerve pill if I have to work the next day.

Hope this helps alittle.



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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
At first I had trouble sleeping, especially at the highest of doses I was on. It got better as the dose was lowered, but taking it first thing in the morning was helpful as well. The earlier the better actually! I would wake up at 6 am just to take it, and go back to sleep for a few more hours! :)
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't sleep on it either. It gives me a rousing round of Restless Legs Syndrome. I get very tremulous on it too. Talk about moon face & weight gain! But, if it helps you feel better...
150mg Azathioprine, Lomotil, Iron, Nexium 2/day, Fentanyl patch, Oxycodone, Baclofin
Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
When I am weak, then am I strong

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/16/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, it helped me almost immediately, but after a few years of being on and off of it the side effects overwhelmed any good that it was doing for me, so I can't take it anymore. I wish I had a suggestion for helping you sleep, but I never found anything that worked for me.
25 years old
Diagonsed in Jan 1997 with Crohn's Disease
Sick since Nov 1995
Diagnosed in June 2005 with Osteoporosis
Current Meds: Humira pen every other week
                    Methotrexate 25mg every week
                    Folic acid, multivitamin, calcium daily
Previous many!

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   Posted 9/16/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Steroid medication works extremely quickly. It was the case for me, and it was the case for my grandmother for treating arthritis.
A word of advice though: Even though you may feel back to normal, do not act accordingly. You can overdo it by exercising too much or eating the wrong things still so, regardless of how wonderful you feel just be careful. I made that mistake and ended up back in the hospital because I thought the state of my Crohn's was in remission..really, really not the case.
It may make you stay awake at night for a while, but in my case I became accustomed to it, forced myself to wake up early regardless of not sleeping, and eventually was able to get on a regular sleeping schedule. A lot of it is self control. Something you may need later when it comes to diet. Even on a restricted diet I am gaining weight because of the extreme appetite prednisone causes.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
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.

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   Posted 9/16/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree totally with LMills-the first few weeks I was on pred I already felt so much better (worked in 4 hours) that I tried to do to much-I felt like the other bunny in the energizer bunny commercial-like I had been unplugged so I had to slow back down and just enjoy the fact I felt good.
As for sleeping I was so ill from the arthritis I wasn't sleeping before I started taking it so did not notice. Then once the dose droped I slept fine.
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