I started taking Prednisone (20 mg) for the first time about two weeks ago. Up until a week ago, I was having about 10 loose BMs a day with urgency, blood, and mucous. My doctor said that once I'd had one "good week" to call him and we'd start tapering. I'm not sure if this past week has been good or just...different.
I now have a BM every other day, a small amount that comes out like large-ish pebbles. I have less urgency, but the BMs are difficult to get out and I pass almost no gas. I still have some blood and mucous. Also, I'm still pretty (visibly) bloated. I feel like I'm constipated. Does that mean I'm getting better, or is it just a different variety of problem?
I feel like my diet could be to blame as I've been eating a lot of cheese and junk food lately (woops). I'm just not sure if the Prednisone is working or not. Should I taper, stay at this dosage, or ask for something more? I'm so confused...
For what it's worth, the only side effects I've noticed are tiredness and "brain fog," which make focusing at work a challenge, but it's better than it could be.
Dx with left-sided UC June 2007
Flaring since June 2007
Meds: Asacol 400 mg x 9; Prednisone 20 mg (since 01/09/08)
Supplements: Iron, Multivitamin, Fish Oil & Probiotic Yogurt
Dx with Depression, GAD, and OCD in 2001
Paxil Lexapro Zoloft 100 mg
Currently in therapy