Prednisone side effects and weird cyst-growth

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   Posted 5/31/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
So, I'm down to 30mg of Prednisone a day (half in the morning, half in the evening) from 40 mg; reducing by 5 mg each week. I've started to notice something that I didn't previously. My heart rate is very elevated. Resting heart rate is currently between 100-110bpm. My normal resting heart rate is around 85. I was wondering if other people experienced elevated heart rates on Prednisone. Also, I'm in a lot of pain lately even though I'm now having regular, soft stools. Could that increase my heart rate? I've been drinking plenty of fluids, both in watered-down Gatorade to watch my electrolytes and just plain water so I doubt I'm dehydrated.

I may just have some odd infection that could be doing it too because I found a weird half-dollar-sized cyst-feeling pocket on the base of my skull. I'm gonna get it checked out tomorrow. Are there any links between CD and any weird cyst-type growths? Its at the base of my skull but not near the spine. Hopefully its just a cyst they can drain. Kinda nervous though. I don't like any growths on my body, especially not large ones.
23yr old female
Dx w/ Crohns: October 2004
Dx w/ IBS: November 2008
Current medications: Prednisone, 40mg tapering to 0; tramadol, 50mg when needed; hyoscyamine, .125mg when needed; and of course, multivitamins

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 5/31/2010 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally have the racing heart issue with Prednisone, especially the first few weeks I'm on it. I feel like I'm on speed or something, it's terrible.

The lower the dose gets, though, the problem starts going away. I'm at 10 mg right now and don't have any issues with the heart racing at the moment.

about the cyst, look up sebaceous cysts. They can be pretty common on the face/scalp, and while irritating, are harmless. No idea about prednisone linking to them though. Always good to go get things checked out though, of course.

Good luck!
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Lialda 1.2 mg 2x/day
Prednisone 20 mg taper in progress
Remicade - 1 infusion so far
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