Steroids after surgery?

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   Posted 9/2/2008 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, this is my first post :)
I have a friend who's cousin  has been dealing with UC for some time now...I don't know all the details, just what I have been told.
Anyways, the cousin had surgery for the UC....As far as I know he is doing good, but a few months later my friend said that he had to go back on steroids.
I thought that once you had surgery for UC that all was fixed? Why steroids again?
I really didn't want to ask my friend and seem nosy, but I really couldn't find anything on the net about it either...
I want to be there to support my friend.
Any help would be appreciated :)

Post Edited (without_a_paddle) : 9/9/2012 12:12:17 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/2/2008 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thewre could be many reasons why your friend was started back on steroids.Could be to reduce any inflammation or to speed healing.You need to get your friend to as k the doctor the reason.
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   Posted 9/2/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm with Marty on this one, but watch the length of time on steroids, I was on varying dosage for nearly 8 years, and just spent 6 months in hospital/surgery dealing with the bone density side effects of this good, but dangerous drug.

Best to your friend.


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   Posted 9/2/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have been on pred for some time you have to taper off even if you have surgery. Not tapering could lead to severe consequences with the adrenal glands up to and including death. I imagine that her taper was too fast and that was the reason for putting her back on them.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Even though I was not on prednisone at the time, when I had outpatient surgery under general anethesia (suburethral sling) I was told they had given me steroids (in my IV? I'm not sure) and it was necessary since I had been on steroids in the past year. Maybe your friend was too recently on them, too, even if he/she had tapered off.
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 tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Peety reminded me what my oral surgeon told me. I had my wisdom teeth removed last year and because I was on and off steroids during that year, he told me that he would be giving me steroids because anesthesia can suppress the adrenal glands and it can cause some sort of complication. I can't remember exactly what he said but he did use a small bag of steroids in with my IV.
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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a csection and had to have steroids in the IV also due to past pred use. If you are concerned, u sould ask your friend.
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-current, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
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