Posted 1/6/2012 12:57 PM (GMT -6)
I think you are awesome for taking the time to join up here and ask questions to better understand and help your girlfriend...the others above have some great suggestions....regarding the prednisone and trouble sleeping, it's pretty common to have this side effect UNLESS all the pred is taken first thing in the early morning, but that's about the only control one can have over their pred, the rest of the side effects cannot be controlled much, besides trying to cut down on salty foods to help with puffyness that pred can cause but the cravings for some people over take them.
This site itself is full of info that you're looking for, I encourage you to read through the many pages here to learn more about how complex this disease can be and how very individual it is as well since no two CDers are exactly alike, therefore different things will help different CDers.
Exercise is great and super important, but since she was just in the hospital that's a pretty good indication of how terribly she's doing with her CD at the moment...in time when she feels better I think that's when some kind of exercise routine would be good for her....infact I think considering how tiny she is to begin with, yoga would be great for her and there's so many forms of yoga to choose from, pilates would be good too. Most importantly, she'll have a good idea when she can start and what all she can tolerate, so gentle suggestions on your part is the way I'd go, you don't want to come off "pushy" on her cuz if she's not ready then she may feel like she's disappointing you and herself and you don't want her feeling that way cuz with the way CD can affect us emotionally it's bad enough (some of us tend to beat ourselves up emotionally often because of guilty feeling for being sick even though we cannot help it that we got sick).
Hope she feels better soon, best of luck to you both.