Thanks everyone! The gas is definitely starting to go down a little as I'm being even more cautious to eat low-residue food (although it seems so unhealthy compared to what I'm used to eating - white bread and cheese and eggs never used to be such a large portion of my diet!) and I put a new bag on today all by myself - I couldn't wait for the ostomy nurse to come tomorrow (unfortunately because of the holiday she was going to have to wait until tomorrow to come). The bag changing process went pretty smoothly (I ate some marshmallows first!) and it is a very good thing I changed it because the stoma had shrunk from 44mm only 4 days ago to 32mm! My skin was starting to suffer underneath.
I used a Hollister opaque bag that is more "moleskin-like" with a filter, so we'll see how that goes. I know some people have mentioned leaking with the filter, right? I just thought it would help let some of the gas out so the bag wouldn't balloon up like that awful plastic one I was given at the hospital. I like the floating flange and the less plasticky feeling of the bag better than the old one though.
I've also got some of my appetite back and I'm drinking, drinking, drinking, to stay hydrated. I switched from just water and juice to incorporate some Gatorade as per your suggestions and I think that is really helping. I think what I was feeling before was definitely the prednisone buzz and sweats. I think my pills musn't have dissolved right or something that day. I'm back on track now, although I did drop down as per my tapering schedule today, so we'll see what happens. Fingers crossed I don't get those symptoms again.
Thanks for all your help,
32-yr old female, diagnosed with left-sided UC in 2002, likely now pancolitis
1st severe flare started post-pregnancy in December 2006
4 x 400mg Asacol 3 times a day
Back on the prednisone 40mg :(
Remicade - 2 infusions, started Nov 10, 2007
VSL#3, calcium + D, B-100, iron, vegetarian/whole foods diet
Osteopenia (diagnosed May 2007)