prednisone and lack of appetite

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   Posted 2/29/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Today is my first day without prednisone and I should be extremely happy but I feel like crap. I was on 5 ml for last week and now my doctor wants my to do 5 every other day for a week and then every third day for a week. I have lost my appetite, and I feel like I am going to have an anixity attack. I also am having lower right back pain which I normally have when I am starting to flare but I'm not having any other signs. Im kind of worried that it might by a kidney infection but I don't have any other signs of one. Does this sound normal to anyone else? I feel like I can't settle my mind if that makes sense. If this is the prednisone then I don't ever want to take it again. Last night I think I was hearing things. I feel like I can't leave the house because Im going to burst into tears or go insane. Do you all think this is the prednisone or something else?
Jessica 26/F
Asacol 4pills /three times a day(from 2 pills/ three times a day)
Prednisone 40Mg/day taper every 5 days(at 5 mg currently)
Culturelle once daily/ three times a day
Tried (Entorcort EC 9ml/day)

Rio in Maryland
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 2/29/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   

The last time I completed a prednisone taper I got shaky hands, occasional aches in my joints and back, and brain-fog for a couple of weeks.  So, you could be going through withdrawal symptoms of the prednisone; but if you're concerned about this at all then definitely give your doc a call.

Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone taper from 60mg - Now on alternate days of 20mg and 10mg; 2/08: added 1 Pentasa x 1mg.

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