Another question: find out if your doc has any free samples of pro-bs or meds that can be doled out. Also ask about something to help you sleep. If your doc has no idea, try taking Benadryl at night. My problem isn't falling asleep, but waking up after a couple of hours, plus the sweats. Luckily, I'm single right now, so I'm not worried about soaking a partner, but it is a real pain I know.
If the pred is so bad, start tapering now...go down by 2.5 to 5mg a week. If symptoms get worse, you can always go back up. I was using a hydrocortisone enema to help me reduce my pred dose. I went from 40mg and now I'm down to 7.5mg. Now I'm going real slow because I don't want to induce flare again.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone ( down to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
Trying the spinach/sunflower diet. If needed, my next experiment will be to try LDN.