Flaring for the first time again since been diagnosed in 05'

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   Posted 3/28/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Long story to short, first of all am waiting to hear from the doctor here shortly to tell him how I am doing with the Pred. I have been on since Monday.  Is it normal to always have blood in your stool whether it be just gas and cramping, mvmt. whatever when you flare?  sad   This is my first one since 2005 and I don't know what to expect each time this will happen the rest of my life.  Luckily, this Pred. has pretty much made a difference since last week but of course with the blood, not out of the woods just as yet.
Am thinking he will keep me on 20 mg (2 pills a day) for at least another week I am assuming and then hopefully, start tapering down.
Your thoughts?

Diagnosed with UC/Pancolitis Dec. 05-Flaring again Presently!
Imuran: 1 daily 50 mg.
Colozal: 9 per day
Prednisone: 20 mg 2x a day
Try to keep positive and have faith!

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   Posted 3/28/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sure others will agree that you should talk to your doctor about taking rectal meds such as Rowasa or Proctofoam.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08

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   Posted 3/28/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
hi taben
hope you get past the flare soon.

when i was flaring, i would have blood with gas, BMs, tiny BMs, anything. so that was normal for me.

my second flare wasn't as severe as the first and an 8 week course on pred (total, including the taper) was enough for me. hopefully you can do a quick one too.
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son. due to have baby #2 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.

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   Posted 3/28/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Taben,

I was also started on 40 mg of prednisone for my first major flare in a long time 5 weeks ago. I am currently tapered down to 30 mg. I was on 40 mg for three weeks! Too long, but my colonoscopy (my very first one) looked bad, as my GI said. I expect to be on prednisone for a total of 10 weeks. For me, the prednisone took away my symptoms in about 10 days. Prior to that I also had B in my stools every time (4 x a day). And then one day my bms became normal.  I think you should give it more time. The side effects are awful, but, you're right, prednisone works.


Diagnosed with left-sided UC 2/08, originally diagnosed 20 years ago
Prednisone 30 mg (5th week)
Lialda (4/day)
SCD Diet - It really works!
Assorted probiotices - 7/day
Assorted vitamins

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