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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/14/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read here for quite awhile, but just now registered.
I have to be truthful and tell you that everything I have read about taking Prednisone is so scary and horrible, that I have to wonder if the cure is worst than the disease?
I am not on it, but it was suggested once, and I said I am no where bothered enough yet to try that, and just refused.
I am on 2 asacol 3 times a day, but truthfully, Immodium helps much more than the prescription.  If I take Immodium the night before an event, I am fine. No Immodium and I have to go to the bathroom soon as I finish eating.  I don't go to the bathroom any other time, but after I eat.  But, since having my gallbladder removed years ago, I always had that kind of problem and they warned me I would. I don't have cramping, nor actual diarrea, just blood, and having to go soon as I eat(within 10 minutes.
I do have bleeding, but also was told I have hemmroids(sp?)
I also have to ask somewhat of an embarassing question.  Can any of you pass gas without having something happen in your undies?  I don't dare pass gas without being on the toilet, or I have blood in my pants.
Anyhow, I have an appointment the 16th for my 6 month check up with my GI, and wanted to get some feedback here in case I needed to discuss some things with him I am confused about.
Thank you for reading my long first post.

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   Posted 1/14/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
hey Joylu - no embarassing questions here, don't worry, as we have all had to deal with these awful questions. I often cannot pass gas either for fear of something coming out so like you I usually get to a toilet before passing the gas. that is new for me - I used to not have that problem. it's a bummer, huh? anyway, welcome. people here are great.
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   Posted 1/14/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joylu,

I know I have been posting terrible things about prednisone, but let me tell you, it is better than going to the bathroom 25+ times a day and having horrible cramping. I can at least function, whereas before I could not. I wish I could be off of it right now but taking it doesn't mean you have to take it forever, it might really help jumpstart a remission for you.

how was the gallbladder surgery? I have an ultrasound next week and I am scared, I don't want anything else to be wrong w/me.. 
Also, I call passing gas with other stuff (i.e. blood & or mucous) a shart.  I have not sharted in a while and let me tell you it feels good to fart and let all the pressure out and know that it's just a fart.  When flaring, I could not just fart and all the pressure would hurt me.
I hope you get some good news at the Doc, keep us posted!

Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 1/14/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joylu. Don't worry about embarrasing questions - we all have UC and understand completly.

To answer your question, no - I don't dare pass gas without being on the toilet incase I have an accident.
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   Posted 1/15/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I have managed to avoid being on Pred for 15 years. I'm sure at times that I could've used it, but my GI believes that to be a med as a last resort kind of thing because of the side effects and long term ramifications. Many people, however, do great with this med and they DO need to take it - but don't let all the horror stories scare you. If the time comes and you have to be put on it because you can not get a flare under control - hopefully it will only be short term.

And I totally agree with the others - there is no such thing here called gross, stupid or embarassing questions. We are open to all discussions of this disease because it's the nature of the beast.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes a flare can be brought quickly under control with a moderate dose of pred and an immediate taper. Even a higher dose for a longer period of time isn't always a bad thing. For some people, it works very well and there are steps you can take to minimize and/or recover from side effects. Check out the book Coping with Prednisone: It May Work Miracles, but How Do You Handle the Side Effects to learn more.


Meds are always a trade off: do the benefits outweight the risks? And for each of us, the answers are different.

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