prednisone and my 21st birthday.

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   Posted 1/30/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm just getting over a pretty serious flare up, and I am on 40mg of prednisone. I see my doctor again on feb 17th and i think that his plan is to then start me on methotrexate and start decreasing the prednisone.

My problem is that Wednesday is my 21st birthday that Ive been looking forward to for so long. Im away at school and everyone has so much fun here at the bars on their 21st. I know drinking on Prednisone or with crohns in general is not the smartest idea, but its my 21st and i really really realllllly wanna go out and have the time of my life.

I havent gone out drinking in months, and even when im healthy I dont drink too excessively.. my thought is that I will go out and have fun, just not drink too too much.

Will it really be so bad to drink on the prednisone just this one time? Anyone have any advice or thoughts?

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   Posted 1/30/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   

I spend me 21 b-day on my bed because of crohn's. That was just last september, my friend told be to go bar but I rejected them. It feel like the worst days ever and i was in a really bad out break. If I were you I wouldn't go becasue it's not going to be one or two cup since is your b-day.

Anyway keep smiling and HAPPY 21 B-DAY!!!

21 yrs old / diagnosed with croh's on sept 08 / just finish with prednisone / still on pentasa but it doesn't seem it's working =P 

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   Posted 1/30/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember a week before my first birthday as a crohnie (I won't say what age as drinking is sposed to be a no no at that age lol) being at my GIs office and breaking down about how much I hated not being able to celebrate normally - go out with friends to a party and have a few drinks and he turned to me and said that basically if I was feeling up to it there was no reason why I couldn't and from his point of view the most important thing was that I lead as normal a life as possible and that there was no harm in every so often drinking as long as I listened to my body and didn't drink to excess, he felt that if it improved my mindset etc it gave it more pros then cons vs the medication if that makes sense and to test my system out with a drink or two a bit before the event and that my body would tell me if it was OK with it or not. It was and I went out and had a brilliant time and I'm always careful and listen to my body etc but I've learnt not to let the fear stop me from enjoying myself as during periods of illness I like looking back and thiking yes at least I made the most of feeling well while I could.
On my 21st birthday I was really quite ill but as 21st is a really big deal here I was determined to celebrate it. I woke up early in the day so I could fit in enough doses of meds to make sure I was pain and poo free for the evening ahead, all my friends knew I wasn't quite 100% so no one was getting in rancid shots or dirty drinks, I didn't drink that much just enough to perk myself up etc and I am so so glad that even though I was ill as its so nice looking back on the pics of me and my friends dressed up nicely and me covered in 21st birthday badges and tiaras lol and having a good time even though it wasn't a 'crazy' night out, you're only 21 once after all!
I reckon try yourself on a small glass of whatever your drink is beforehand and see how your body reacts to it, hope you have a fabulous 21st whether alcohol is involved or not!!!! :-)

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   Posted 1/30/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
oops forgot to say on the birthday where my GI said I could drink I was on pred at the time!

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   Posted 1/30/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
my doctor said the same thing to me. so live it up!!!!!!!!
age 41,diagnosed with CD in 11/07, Rx Pentasa 4000mg and Remicade.

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   Posted 1/30/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Live it up sure, but remember you will suffer the consequences. Crohn's symptoms are indifferent to our desires no matter how badly you may want something. There are plenty of celebrations where I think 'maybe just one piece of cake? one glass of rum?' but the fact is that it is a mistake to be messing with your body that way.

It's really your choice. There are plenty of GI's who say live it up, and there are plenty who say it is all in our heads, and plenty who say you can eat whatever you want. Bull.

Use common sense here and see if the positives outweigh the negatives. Also, remember what you are doing to your body. Just keep in mind the consequences...
I personally would not be messing with it. There are plenty of other ways to have fun on your 21st birthday besides becoming inebriated. I should hope that our society's big 'to do' about an arbitrary number would mean less than your health. You don't have to get your first kiss on your 13th birthday, you don't have to get your permit on the 15th, license on the 16th, you don't have to move out when you're 18, and you certainly don't have to drink on your 21st...

Sorry to be harsh but I just really hope you are truly thinking about the next day, week, month, and so forth. A friend of mine decided it would be okay to have beer 'just this once' and ended up in the hospital with a $3,000 bill on the work that had to be done to ease the damage.

Health seems more important than that kind of fun..
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 1/30/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Drinking on Predinsone is okay, all of the reading and research I have done on this topic has said its fine, but I would be careful because of the crohns, it is never going to go away and this is something you are going to have too learn to live with.

Happy Birthday!! go out and have a great night!

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   Posted 1/31/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Tch. I think its stupid that our society has put it into people's heads that once you turn twenty-one, you need to go all-out and drink until you're passed out and all that other nonsense...

Really? What's so fun about drinking with a bunch of stupid drunks and then waking up the next morning feeling like complete and utter crap? I don't get it.

Oh, and this isn't some old person saying this, either. I'm 20 years old. I've seen what alcohol does to people, and I don't want any part of it.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 1/31/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
On my 21st I was mid flare about to go to the ER but I went out to a nice dinner with my bestfriend and has ONE drink, some fruity thing nothing too harsh. The waiter bought me a shot but while he wasnt looking I passed it to my friend to take.  I used to love to drink but I think it caught up with me now I'll have one drink every once in a while.  I was told not to drink on prednisone...but I dont remember by who, it could have been my mom beating it in my head just so I was safe.

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly)
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