What is the lowest dose of prednisone you've ever been started on that actually helped your symptoms?
Every time a doc puts me on pred, they always start it at 40mg at the least. I've taken it a countless amount of times, and the last time I took it, it seemed to lessen the bleeding a little but didn't help the rest of my symptoms much. I also get dependent on it and when I start to taper I flare back up in no time.
Problem is, my new doctor reluctantly suggested that I start on it (I don't remember the dose, it was either 40 or 60mg to start) because things are increasingly getting worse. I started Sulfasalazine and haven't noticed any change but I reeeaallly don't want to get stuck in the prednisone cycle again, so I haven't filled the script yet. Problem is, I've been feeling incredibly sick, tired, nauseous, my left side hurts 24/7, and I've been having a lot of dark blood. I know I need to do something but I don't know if prednisone is even the answer anymore.
Do you suppose it would be possible to start at 5 or even 10mg and have any effect since I didn't even respond to high doses last time? Is it even worth trying?
Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day