As far as pred goes, I agree with jars05 that it can take up to a couple weeks, or even 3 in really bad cases, for an increased dosage to truly kick in. Can you stand the symptoms i.e. is it just D or is there still blood and terrible pain? If it was just D I would try sticking it out a bit more. Also, I find the more I distribute the pred out (eg morning and night vs all in the morning) the more effective the pred seems for me... that said, i know that for getting off pred, and for emulating the body's own cortisol production, having it mostly or even all in the morning is the official party line. But in bad flares my body can;'t stand going without any pred for that long. (Currently I am doing 10 am, 5 with dinner). Hopefully Remicade will start your pred coming down. It takes me around 4-5 days to notice remicade kicking in. Only time will tell if it gets me off pred though. Best of luck.
Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 10 mg 8 7.5 20 17.5 15 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
TCM, Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, VSL3, etc), DMSO, TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circumin, boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie
Post Edited (Probiotic) : 12/13/2008 1:22:09 PM (GMT-7)