Some here are familiar with my daughters recent Hospitalization and dilemmas. Now we have another problem to try to figure out as well. Hoping to hear from anyone who has faced this one, but I think it's extremely unlikely.
She is into her 3rd week of Prednisone and they wanted her to start on Imuran by now, but because she hasn't had the Chicken Pox, she is unable to start it. She can't just go and get the vaccine either, because once immunosuppressed, (as a result of the Prednisone), a serious reaction to the vaccine could result. Out GI said that they have never had an IBD patient that hasn't had the Chicken Pox, so is not sure how to proceed.
If she contracts the Chicken Pox while on Prednisone, it would likely be extemely severe, and could even cause death. There are 2 documented cases. Sounds dramatic, but it's not.
If she waits several months to have the vaccine, the effectiveness of the Imuran could be reduced.
So right now, they want her to continue tapering the Prednisone, and go back on Pentasa. I don't think the Pentasa ever worked, considering how inflamed and with an abscess before going into the Hospital.
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.