Finally off Pred, but a bit of blood

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   Posted 4/26/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm finally off the Prednisone after two full years. All in all I am doing well, but have occasionally noticed a few drops of blood in the toilet, mostly at times when I feel an urge but nothing is happening. My mornings are okay, 2-3 trips, mostly formed. Later on in the day I have urges but am mostly gassy. I want to give myself about a week, but if I am going into a flare I want to take care of it as soon as possible, but I DON'T want to go back on Pred, which is why I have not called my GI. Is this just part of getting off the Pred? I alternated 5 mg and 0 mg daily for two weeks, then I took my last 5 mg two days ago.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
7 Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08; 4/19/08
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Lexipro 10 mg; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, tapering now, alternating 5/0 mg. daily. Xanax as needed. Daily supplements: multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; 12/1 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron) injections; Off of the following:Entocourt EC; Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07)

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   Posted 4/26/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
If your last dose was only 2 days ago your body may just be adjusting. I was never on pred. as long as you but every time I tapered I saw a surge in symptoms for a few days and then I was fine.
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   Posted 4/26/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Meesh,

I have UC symptoms started in year June, 2006 and from then I'm on Asacol 4X3 / day for few days, then stated with Lialda 4 /day...In mid of 2007, i have a small flare and doc started me with Canasa..
Currenlty I'm in flare and doc put me on Pred for very few days and now tapering to 10mg and 5mg very soon..Even I'm seeing the same symptoms u r seeing like 2-3 bowels with very mild blood in the morning and later in the day with urge of going,but nothing comes out...Just little bit scared whether my flare is going down or not? Need to discuss the same with my GI...What kind of food are you taking right now...?
Please keep posting with improvements with ur flare and your suggestions..

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