I find the side effects go away quickly as the dosage lowers... except it takes a while for the light hairs I get all over my face to fall out and go away.
I find it odd that you took the prednisone three times a day. It's always been my understanding that it should be taken all at once, in the morning, with food, to lessen the side effects. Ask about that if you ever need a higher dose again.
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
Currently 10 mg prednisone tapering off from lingering flare;
Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet and Replete probiotic, DGL Plus (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors.
Flare is resolved after just two weeks of no gluten, soy, tomato, other foods tested to be intolerant!