20MG of Prednisone
Started 100MG of Imuran (2 tablets)
Tapered to 15MG of Prednisone after 1-week on Imuran
Note: UC was under control at 20MG & 15MG.
1 week later, minor flu symptoms (fever, chills) came back for a 2-days..
Slight lower back back started, then intensified 3-days later. The pain had
travelled from the lower back to the mid back.
It was midnight and I could not get out of bed. I rolled to the floor,
and could not stand up.
With assistance, I went back to bed. An hour later major joint pain and
a fever with chills set in and then the back was in major pain and effecting
my breathing. (I liken this to when you have a cracked/bruised rib and breathing hurts).
My wife called 911 after 2 hours and I was at pain level 10 and the medics could
only guide me out of bed, I had to force myself through the pain to get in a wheel
chair to go down stairs to a gurney.
I had never felt anything like this before, never been in an ambulance and never
been in the hospital.
After a negative xray and blood work rulling out kidney stones, I was given major
5 minutes later my back was calm and I was able to breath without resistance.
3 hours later I checked out of the hosipital with an Rx of Percocet. 18 hours later,
the Percoset helped calm the back and joint pain.
2 days later the chills are gone, fever is gone, back pain is minimal and I am sustaining
on Tylenol Extra Strength.
I have stopped Imuran and upped my Prednisone to 30MG until things calm down.
Just thought I would share and hope you never have to go through this.
Male - 42, San Diego, CA
Diagnosed May 2002 with Ulcerative Colitis
Asacol = 400mg X 12
Prednisone = 25mg
Omeprazole = 20mg X 1
Lisinopril = 10mg X 1 (blood pressure)
Lomotil = 2.5mg X 3-4 (when flaring)
Calcium + D = X 1