any tips for the prednisone weepies?

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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
You're moving into a land of both shadow and light, of weeping and of compulsively re-caulking the shower at 4 am.  You've just crossed over into the...Predni-Zone!
One would think I'd be used to this, I've been on prednisone so many times, but it still is not fun!  (I don't always get weepy, though, usually get get super happy.  This time, I've been getting both.  I tend to get more weepy on a lower dose, which I am on now.)
Anyhoo, what do *you* do to help the weepies? 
 Usually happy music helps me, but right now I'm like "Oh, yes, if you had *my* life you wouldn't be all happy happy joy joy" and I hate when I get that attitude.   rolleyes
Oh, and has anyone had to start taking another medicine to treat the mood problems of prednisone, like an antidepressant?  Does it work at all?  I can't change my prednisone dose at all, since I'm allergic to ever other thing I've tried to take for this (actually I'm taking it for IBD-related spondyloarthropathy, but also for the Crohn's).  I also can't keep sobbing constantly, tho!

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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually cry and then take a nap...
Or give in to my appetite for whatever it is I'm wanting to eat. And then cry and take a nap.

I don't like listening to happy music when I'm in a bad mood because then I start feeling angry at whoever the artist is hah...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 1/26/2009 12:07 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah Lmills me too i usually eat and eat and eat and then cry and then take a nap ... and then i usually drive to my mom and dads .. i really hate pred. i havent been to weepy this time around most angry at the dumbest things .... although i am starting to get pretty "weepy" about my face ... man do i have moon face ... i hate moon face ... my mother in law saw me for the first time in about 2 weeks yesterday and said man your little cheeks are getting sooo round ... she didnt mean it bad but i was a little sad ... :(

any ways sorry for the ramble but yeah just cry and let it out ... i think that is all you can do : )
> 27 year old female < 
 > Diagonsed with Crohns disease in 2000 <
> In 2009 I was told my Crohns is Crohn's Colitis ~ they said the cd in my rectum, colon and all through my small intestine I was told that on a scale from 1 to 4 mine is a 4 i about cried ..... I dont feel that sick : ( <
 > Medication - pentasa(4000mg), imuran(100mg), prednisone(40mg untill around Feb 9 then i get to tapper), potassium, vitamin C, multivitamin, b-12, iron, and fish oil, plus i will start humira around Feb. 9 <
> I thank the Lord every day for my amazing husband and wonderful family <

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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, you do seem to have a funny sense of humor though! I remember crossing into the Predni-zone and for me it mostly meant not being able to sleep at night and having racing thoughts through my head.

Breathing deeply and trying to relax while listening to soothing music was helpful to me. I like classical and jazz. Oh also, it is winter and im not sure where you live, but getting into the sunlight more might help too... if thats not an option Ive heard that tanning also exposes you to some of the same benefits as the suns UV too. I would try that in moderation though, its not something ive tried as a substitute to sun. Just returned from a beach vacation actually.

Wish you the best and a return to good spirits.
-American expat living and working in China and loving it
-Crohn's since 2005
-Abandoned the Rx drug approach
-Taking a natural approach to maintaining my health.
-Read about my story at my blog

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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started a new round of pred - 40 mg right now - and my mind won't stop RACING! My body is exhausted, but my head won't let me get any rest... so I make lists - lists of things I need to get done, that I would like to get done, things that just randomly pop into my head; it helps with the restlessness... of course I'm getting mood swings, too, but I'm just going with them. I can't seem to nap, so I'll get a bit of a cry for a few minutes and then my mood tends to swing around again anyway... I started taking walks today, just short ones... it's pretty cold out, so the fresh air kinda gets me back to me again and I think that is helping a bit.
good luck! prednisone is like a "necessary evil" - works great, but boy does it beat you up in the process!

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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
This time on predisone I had a major case of the weepies. I found that if I just let myself cry for a few minutes that I felt much better. Of course my teenage girls think I am nuts. But at least I'm not taking it out on other people. Good luck and I hope you get better soon .

dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Pred. 20, and off Pentesa and Asacol to see how it goes

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/26/2009 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel your pain. I feel like I turn into a completely different person when I enter the Predni-zone. I usually prescribe myself some ice cream and movie therapy. And a good cry never hurt anybody. I usually just warn my close friends of the side effects I experience anyways, since I can get pretty cranky or ridiculously giggly too...
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