Steroid Side Effects

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   Posted 4/23/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I am back on steroids after not responding to Colazal and currently having 12 bm/day.

Just wanted to know if there are ways to lessen the side effects of steroids as I have already been diagnosed with Osteomalacia.


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   Posted 4/23/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are having a tough time. Make sure you are taking a calcium supplement while on pred. Keep us posted on how you are doing! I wish I had some tips on lessening the side effects....
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   Posted 4/23/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
The side effects are the worst - sorry to hear you are not feeling well.  The biggest helper I have found is to be very very sparse with the sodium, it minimizes the moon face and overall weight gain for me.  I'm not sure if it will help you or not, but I tend to get back pain (a lot of people get joint pain and/or back pain it seems) and at it's height at night I just use a heating pad to try and relieve it.  Get some potassium also, eat a banana or two a day. 
Dx: UC in 1997 at 14 with pan colitis, but it hasn't been that far up since.
Meds: Asacol (400mg x12 daily)
         6mp (50mg from Aug06 to Dec07)
         Prednisone (30mg currently for flare)
         Fish Oil
         Culturelle probiotic

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   Posted 4/23/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry Gargamel!!

to lessen pred effects this what my Doc has me doing
low sodium diet
low refined/carb sugar diet
eat a banana a day
fosomax 70mg 1xweek
calcium + vit D 500mg 3xday
walk 30 min a day (try to do this 5 times a week).
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 10mg 1xday (taper 5mg a week from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalpril 20mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.

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