Something else for you to consider, anyone who has been on high dose steroids for longer than a month should also be award of the risk of Osteonecrosis. My daughter, also a UC patient, was on Pred for 4 months, but her highest dose was 90mg of solu medrol while hospitalized.
The really frustrating thing about
IBD is that the joint pain can come from the disease itself and the extraintestinal manifestations like RA, from the medications to treat it (Pred), or from the side effects of the drugs, ie osteoporosis, osteonecrosis, or any of the other osteos that are attributed to steroid use.
My daughter started out with a painful swollen knee that had a pronounced click sitting and rising up from sitting. Just be on the lookout and insist on an MRI because ON cannot be detected in the early stages but MRI will find it.
20 yo daughter w/ Pancolitis
Step 1 colectomy/jpouch creation 11/27/06
Step 2 takedown 2/9/07
VSL #3 DS
21 yo Daughter diagnosed with right shoulder, bilateral wrist,
bilateral elbow, bilateral knee, and bilateral ankle avascular necrosis
(aka Osteonecrosis) as a result of Prednisone use