Out of control thirst! Prednisone weaning or Humira starting?

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   Posted 3/4/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been absolutely PARCHED the past 2 days!  Like I cannot drink enough water (whereas before I was really having to remind myself) - today already I have drank a ton of water and am still so thirsty.
I just got my first Humira shots yesterday, and my dr dropped me down 10 mg on my pred, so I am at 40 now (whew, but I also forgot how much weaning still sucks).
Also, my face and neck are flushed.  Which I am assuming is from the Humira, since it used to happen sometimes with the Remicaide.
But the thirst, any ideas?
33 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
Currently on Remicade, starting Humira, 55 mg Prednisone, Multivitamin, Calcium, Probiotics, Vitamin D, a few other herbal supplements my natureopath has me on.
Eating a Macrobiotic diet, no meat or dairy, trying to cut way back on sugar and white foods.  Trying to focus on a more holistic approach to healing. 

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   Posted 3/4/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there a chance that you are diabetic? When I am on prednisone or other steroids I become a steroid induced type 2 diabetic. One of the first signs is extreme thirst without the ability to quench it. Another is getting up day and night to urinate because the kidneys and pancreas being worked so hard due to the sugars not processing. You may want to have you A1C tested to just make sure that you are not type 2. I have a huge family history of diabetes and never displayed any of the signs of diabetes until I was on prednisone for a long time and started to wean myself off of them. Luckily, my internal medicine doctor is also my father's doc and had been monitoring me and my levels without telling me. He put me on medication right off the bat when my A1C hit in the 9s. Now that I am off steroids and back on remicade my A1C is in the 5s and I am off the diabetes medications altogether. Steroids will do this to us even though we don't hear much about it. There are a few others with the same situation on here.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just going to ask about this as well.
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   Posted 3/5/2010 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
My first thought too. I would bring this to your doctors attention. Good luck!
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   Posted 3/5/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My thoughts exactly prednisone sends my blood sugars into the 30's and had me hospitalized i would have your levels checked asap high sugars are dangerous.
Offically diagnosed with Crohn's Oct 2009, been living with bowel problems since 1990
Current meds: Remicade Feb 2010, Immuran, rel-pax, Topomax, Corticosteriod Suppositories, lantus, humalog, 2000u vit d, calcium, multivit, omega 3, Vit B

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