I need some help. I am having a ton of very uncomfortable, annoying and painful side effects and I don't know what to do, because I'm not sure of the cause. I have Crohn's and have been taking prednisone for a flare. I started at 40mg at the end of June and was on 40 for about 6 weeks. The side effects were what I expected and had experienced before on my last round of prednisone when I was first diagnosed; extra energy, increased appetite, moon face, weight gain, irritability... But it was working, I stopped having bloody stools three days later. After about a week, though, I didn't feel extra energy, I was tired all the time instead. Two weeks ago, I started tapering at 30mg for two weeks. Those first few days were AWFUL. I was so drained and literally felt sick from withdrawal. But, my body got used to it and I was okay for the rest of the time. However, a week ago, I moved back to college, so consequently, I have been under a lot of stress from moving and other stressors in my life that I cannot control. I just started 20mg yesterday, and did better as far as withdrawal symptoms, thank goodness. Anyways, I'm just going to list my symptoms and would like to know if anyone has had any of these symptoms at all while taking prednisone. I just don't know if these are all from the pred or something else that I need to stop ignoring.
extreme hunger, can't stop eating until I'm very full, moon face and weight gain- I've gained probably over 20 pounds in the last two to three months, abdominal distention and bloating (which I am usually always bloated, but this is particularly worse), irritability, worsening eyesight, fatigue, water retention- my legs and ankles are very swollen, as well as the lymph node glands on my neck, they are very tender, EXTREME itchiness ALL OVER my body, from my scalp to my feet, but there's no rash or bumps or dryness or anything that would make it itchy, stomachache that is different from food that causes pain, this pain is from movement, like if I lay on my stomach or twist weird, my stomach hurts. It feels like someone is wringing it out, heartburn and indigestion that is unusual from my normal, and I feel like my anxiety is worse than normal. Are any of these unusual?
Hannah, 20 y/o college student
Crohn's - dx'd 2013 (biopsy indeterminate, but looks like Crohn's)
-1st flare was orig. diagnosis in Sept. 2013
-2nd flare in middle of 2017, currently working toward remission
-currently on 100mg of 6MP, tapering off 40mg of pred [30mg], vit D, iron, probiotic, & Zyrtec daily. Miralax, omeprazole, zofran as needed
-tried Azo, Apriso, Canasa