I tapered off prednisone finally. I am dependent and had been using it already for about
6 months straight. I felt great even at 5mg, but off it my body started aching horribly. my neck, back, right knee and right hip were killing me. It was a week after tapering off, inflammation hit hard throughout my body. My chest was so tight i couldn't even sneeze and when it was the worst I was litterally limping around for a two days.
Why did my body start aching a week after stopping prednisone? Why did I sneeze today and play basketball at lunch better than I have in months?
I have to think diet and stress play a big role in my UC an my body's inflammation. I was in Dallas on a business trip for a week the first week off prednisone. Of course i was scared I was going to flare over there but my Dr wouldn't prescibe me any more steroids. My stools were looser maybe b/c I ate nonstop but it was mostly healthy foods and a lot of pinneaple every morning. I probably ate more that week than the average person eats in a month. lol. but really i'm serious. but then the last day there i ate cereal with regular milk and a cheese quesadilla for dinner at the airport and guess what. My body started feeling like crap the next day. So I had been feeling bad and aching all over for about a week but my stools were still looking as good as they get for me so I was happy about that. but anyways I figured there might have been somthing to those pineapple chunks I was eating. So I baught one. (funnyiest thing is my toddler says all excited "Tata spongebobs house" lol. Whhhooo lives in a pineapple under the see-spongebob squarepants. you have to have kids to know the song and cartoon.) but I had some yesterday morning and today and I felt great today. I also had 2 shots of vodka and 2 cranberry vodka drinks last night and danced a little and had some fun so that was something else out if the ordinary for me...
Well something helped me for a week after stopping prednisone and today since my pains are almost completely gone away and I sneezed fully for the first time in a week. I think the pineapple had a lot to do with it...
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 2.5yo girl (revised 10/3/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
RX/day: Tapered of Prednisone 9/20/08. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey (Off all prescriptions)
OTC: seldom use probiotics, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: Prayer, food combos, enzymes, good posture, chewing more, etc.