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Lil lilian
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   Posted 12/14/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, has anyone had any long term emotional side effects from taking prednisolone?? i've been on 3 courses of them the last one ending at the beginning of this year, but since the last course i have been suffering slight depression and i seem to have lost my mojo for my career and things, i have heard emotional problems while acrtually taking them but not after?? I also had 1 incident where i had diareagh and i almost couldn't wait and that was also at the beginning of the year and haven't had it again, although i seem to now be very aware and sensitive to stomach twinges and pains and i'm starting to panic and worry that it will happen again, i even panicked so much my heart was racing and my boyfriend has to calm me down, i'm quite a confident person and love socialising and meeting new people being out so i don't understand the constant anxiety, can anyone help i'm really confused and worried!! eyes
23 years old
diagnosed uc in 2005 but began 2 years before but unsure if it's left sided or extensive, diagnosed IBS 2003
6x mesalazine daily
iron supplements and calcium
1/2 predfoam during bad periods (but dont respond well)
6x prednisolone daily and reducing
recently started organic diet and check every ingredients label for additives!! it helps! :-D
regular excercise and last signoidoscopy late 2005.
Status: mini relapse.


mbx5
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 12/14/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes...definitely have had anxiety and still do...however mine was / is not from prednisone side effects....it was from UC in general, fear of public embarrassment and humiliation, etc.

Maybe talk to your doc about an anti-anxiety medication such as ativan, xanax, etc. It really does help.
33 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, Dicyclomine (for cramps), 0.5 - 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!)  "I poop in the woods because I can"


Christine1946
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   Posted 12/14/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
     Yes, not only did I have anxiety while on prednisone, but suffered with terrible mood swings and insomnia.  It also gave me osteoporosis over the years of taking it off and on.  My last flare continued for seven months and I was on the prednisone for most of that time.

62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Lil lilian
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 12/15/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for your comments, all the time i've had uc i've never really had anxiety about it i just got on with things, it's only been this past year so it's a bit unerving and scary!! i have a hospital appointment tomorrow so hopefully they'll be able to help. are there any side effects from anti anxiety pills? i'm always wary of taking medication for mental health! xxx
23 years old
diagnosed uc in 2005 but began 2 years before but unsure if it's left sided or extensive, diagnosed IBS 2003
6x mesalazine daily
iron supplements and calcium
1/2 predfoam during bad periods (but dont respond well)
6x prednisolone daily and reducing
recently started organic diet and check every ingredients label for additives!! it helps! :-D
regular excercise and last signoidoscopy late 2005.
Status: mini relapse.


princesa
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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Meditation and/or yoga is a good non-pharmaceutical option to help control anxiety and mood swings.

At one time, they had me on an antispasmodic and an anti-anxiety med. I was in such a fog from the meds, I fell down the stairs at my home. IMHO, there's something to be said for learning coping strategies rather than immediately resorting to drugs.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


Lil lilian
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
what sort of coping strategies are there? i always believe trying to deal with it and beat it is better long term than relying on drugs xx
23 years old
diagnosed uc in 2005 but began 2 years before but unsure if it's left sided or extensive, diagnosed IBS 2003
6x mesalazine daily
iron supplements and calcium
1/2 predfoam during bad periods (but dont respond well)
6x prednisolone daily and reducing
recently started organic diet and check every ingredients label for additives!! it helps! :-D
regular excercise and last signoidoscopy late 2005.
Status: mini relapse.


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 12/15/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
My anxiety -- and a few teary anxiety attacks -- are related to the UC and not to prednisone. The attacks involved group road trips and long bathroom lines at a concert (just seeing the lines!).

I deal with it by not putting myself in situations where I am uneasy and uncomfortable -- giving myself peace to take care of my needs.

I never noticed any difference when I tried anti-anxiety drugs (for air travel), but...better living through chemistry, if that's what it takes to feel OK.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. 
Doing much better, but still experience anxiety that interferes with activities. 
 


jblue65
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Total Posts : 381
   Posted 12/16/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
It is funny that you bring this up. I suffer from panic attacks and take Lexapro. I actually haven't had a "panic attack" in about 2 years.
However, since taking Pred. this time ( about 2.5 months now) I have days like today that I feel out of my head.
YEsterday, I had crazy energy- in my head, but couldn't get anything done at work. I hate that. Today, I got things done and was hyper.... but then I crashed. Right now, I feel awful physically.

It seems that I have to stay at 30 mg not in order to get relief. I hope he 6mp kicks in soon, so I can stop the pred. not to mention I look like a beached whale. shocked

I do get relief from a warm bath- lights turned off and no kids around. Also, my form of meditation- calming music, dark room and no intruders- I think positive thoughts.. I usually feel much calmer afterward.
Jackie, 43

Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, colazal 3x3, Sythroid, Protonix, Flagyl

10 infusions of Remicade- doesn't work
Severely anemic-

back up to 30 mg of pred
Added 6MP- November 25th
 
Surgery almost certain


Limeycricketlover
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 67
   Posted 12/16/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, pred. can cause anxiety while you're on it, but mbx5 makes a good point that it may just be the consequences of the disease itself giving problems. Hypnotherapy is worth considering - helps me enormously!
UC - diagnosed Sep 2008 - awaiting colonoscopy to determine extent
Omeprazole 2 x 20mg
Prednisolone 15mg
Calcium (Adcal-D3) 1500mg
Mesalazine 8 x 500mg
Mesalazine foam enema
Multivitamins x 2
Omega 3


Peety
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   Posted 12/16/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Mmmmmmm, warm soaking baths are the best. It's so cold out and snow is going to make the commute a long one, so that's what I'm doing the minute I get home tonight. I feel sorry for people who say they never take baths. They don't know what they are missing.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. 
Doing much better, but still experience anxiety that interferes with activities. 
 


subdued
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jackie,

I also take Lexapro in addition to doing yoga, meditation, listening to self-hypnosis DVDs, the list goes on. The Lexapro really helps my anxiety and doesn't have the horrible side effects that Prednisone has.
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Joy - 47 yrs and counting

Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06

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Probiotics (orally and up the but)
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...


Lil lilian
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 12/17/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi subdued,.....i see you take anti inflammatory foods and vitamins, does these help you alot? cause i try to have a decent diet although sometimes i don't stick to it......(bad me!!) thanks everyone for your in put! my GI tells me i need to see my doctor for either councelling or medication to help my sudden anxiety, has anyone had councelling?? i know i'm full of questions and sorry!!! smilewinkgrin xxx
23 years old
diagnosed uc in 2005 but began 2 years before but unsure if it's left sided or extensive, diagnosed IBS 2003
6x mesalazine daily
iron supplements and calcium
1/2 predfoam during bad periods (but dont respond well)
6x prednisolone daily and reducing
recently started organic diet and check every ingredients label for additives!! it helps! :-D
regular excercise and last signoidoscopy late 2005.
Status: mini relapse.


downs
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 76
   Posted 12/17/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
oh god ..dont feel bad i am on tradnizone?? sp? just got it today...so much anxiety w. this disease and up all night w. the steroids

subdued
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Total Posts : 3231
   Posted 12/17/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lil lilian,

Yes, I see a shrink for my anxieties. It helps greatly. The current flare up I have now was most likely due to stress in addition to an increase in drinking high fructose corn syrup teas and decaf coffee. I thought I was being careful until I sat on the toilet and saw blood again. I thought I could just stop drinking the teas and coffee, and I'd be okay. But my flare up got real bad even after cutting out almost all food and drinks.

I'm finding that the anti-inflammatory foods are really helping to reduce the inflammation. I'm getting better every day, and this is without anti-inflammatory medicine. It's so nice to have a list of things to eat instead of just a list of things not to eat. I'm eating mild chicken curry (which has turmeric in it) with rice (with turmeric added), tuna fish sandwiches (I'm not gluten sensitive) with lots of garlic and onion mixed in, bread with butter and lots of cinnamon (again, I'm not gluten sensitive), and cooked spinach with garlic. I'm also snacking on bananas and seaweed as well as drinking water and herbal teas. Tonight I'm going to eat Chinese food. I'm bringing my list of do and do not eat.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting

Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06

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Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics (orally and up the but)
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 12/17/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
downs said...
oh god ..dont feel bad i am on tradnizone?? sp? just got it today...so much anxiety w. this disease and up all night w. the steroids
I have been taking trazidone -- very small dose -- for years and years, to help me sleep, or more accurately, to stay asleep. I think I got it to handle pre-menopause rather than prednisone. Anyway, the doc who first prescribed it said it was an antidepressant but not a very good one but has turned out to be good for sleep. No side effects, non-additictive... Cool.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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