Everyone has already addressed the steroids question, but I just wanted to say that I used to have a HORRIBLE time with weight gain and pred, my blood sugars were all over the place and cravings galore. The last round of steroids I was derermined not to do that again so I did a low carb diet during the time of the steroids. My blood sugars were stable and I had no big cravings or appetite like I usually did. Pred can really screw up your insulin levels (making you ravenous) but doing low carb will inhibit the amount of insulin released. Just wanted to add that because pred can sound so rough and daunting but you can do it!!
PS Apparently going low sodium can control the moon face.
33 years old, dx with Crohn's in 1998. Currently on :
Clofazimine 100mg daily,
Rifampin 600mg daily, and Clarithromycin 2 tabs daily
and Cipralex 10mg/day for anxiety.
Hydroxyzine, percocet, Ativan as needed.
5g pharmaceutical grade Omega 3's, 1000IU's Vitamin D3 daily
2 Perianal fistulas, and 1 more suspected. Crohn's only at end of colon, cecum. Remi, Asacol, Salofalk, Imuran, Humira did nada. Built immunity to long-term Cipro use, which also induced panic attacks.