So I went to my doctor today, and I'm feeling pretty down. Turns out the pain I have been having last week seems to be a combination of both a stomach ulcer and my Crohn's getting worse. I was only diagnosed in February, have been on Entocort since then, but a couple of weeks ago, I started to get worse again. Now I'm on Prevacid and I'm starting Prednisone for the first time tomorrow, which terrifies me. I am just waiting for a call back about my blood tests, my doctor wanted to check my CRP levels to confirm first. When I first got diagnosed, I was at 105, then I went down to 25 on Entocort, and she said that if it's over 75 to start taking the Pred. On top of that, she wants me to go to an IBD specialist (she specializes more in stomach problems, not so much in IBD, but I love her), so I'm a bit nervous about switching doctors.
Anyway, I just have a few questions for you guys, since most of you have a lot more experience with this disease than I do.
First off, how bad exactly is a 105 CRP level? I'm curious to see what it's at now, but it sounds high to me, so that scared me a bit (I never heard the numbers until today).
Second, with pred, if you are going to have the weight gain/moonface, how quickly does it usually happen? I'm going on it for 2 months, so I was just wondering if there was a certain amount of time between when you start and when that type of thing begins to show if it's going to. I'm a bit worried because I just started dating again after a bad breakup, and I'm not feeling so great about having this type of thing happen at the same time. For whatever reason, the moonface/weight gain actually scare me more than the other potential risks, which probably makes me kind of weird. Right now I basically feel like avoiding everyone until I see how the drug affects me LOL.