Hey, Conor. Taking Prednisone of high enough doses for long enough periods of time can cause your adrenal gland to stop producing cortisol (your body's natural steroid). Then, if you stop, you can end up in the hospital. Many folks with Crohn's are on Prednisone for long periods of time. The key here is the dose and duration. I'm GUESSING that your doc thinks 2+ weeks @ 50 mg/day was not long enough to cause the adrenal gland to stop producing. BUT YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO BE SURE THIS IS THE CASE. No sense ending up in the hospital because you didn't double check. Be well and safe!
Diagnosed with ileal-colonic Crohn's Disease in early 2006. First flare lasted January-April 2006. Now in my second flare--it started softly the end of August and began yelling by mid-October 2008.
Symptom buffet: fissures, iritis, labial lesions, mouth lesions, dacroadenitis, nose inflammation (bizarre!), arthritis pain in shoulder, wrist, ankle, knee and back, hives on hands that spread out in rings, various hives and raised red "bite" looking marks on legs and around anus some of which itch like the blazes
Pentasa 4g/day (will be tapered)
6 mp 50mg/day (brand new, just started)
Cipro 500 mg/2x/day (for fissures)
Need to start up those supplements again!