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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 2/13/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Anybody take pain meds if they are having terrible withdrawal from prednisone? My joints and body are KILLING ME! In addition I have left sided pain that really hasn't gone away since being admitted from hospital.
severe ulcerative proctitis - march 05 diagnosed
proctosigmoiditis - january 09 diagnosed
hospitalized - 3/08 for 6 days of IV steriods
hospitalized - 1/09 for 5 days of IV steriods / put on 6MP (50 mgs)
past meds: colozol, sulfasalzine, hydrocortisone enemas, canasa, rowasa and prednisone 
current meds: 6MP (50mgs), Asacol 12 pills,  Primal Defense Ultra Probiotic, fish oil, calcium w/ vitamin d 2x a day, prenatal vitamin & extra vitamin c and b12

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 498
   Posted 2/13/2009 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I used to take mild pain killers for withdrawal symptoms. But don't become dependent on them. Rather it would be better to build your immune system and use one of those pain relief ointments like Volini or spray. It would definitely help. I hope your vitamin and protein levels are in order.

45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery

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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
You can ask your doctor for a prescription of Darvacet, just to get you over the hump of the pred withdrawal. Darvacet is the safest of narcotic pain relievers - or even Tylonel #3. However, I can't help but wonder about your joints. Prednisone is used pretty often in people with arthritis so I'm wondering if your taper is making an arthritic problem come to a head. This may not be the case, just a consideration. Oh and be sure to drink lots of water. This can help replenish the body, moisten the joints and muscles.
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
     I had pain radiating from my vaginal area down into the inside of my legs to my knees.  I even went to a GYN doctor.  She told me it was all from the inflamation in my rectum.  My family doctor gave me hydrocodone.  I only took them as needed but they sure worked.
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/ 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.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 312
   Posted 2/13/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
i used tramadol for killer joint pain... dilauded while in hospital :)
History: UC/Chrons since age 22, now 27.  Several huge flares since then.  Entire colon diseased at some point from cecum to rectum.  Also had previous inflammation in terminal ileum.
Currently: flare -9/19/08 - now|Panic Disorder - 6/25/08 - now|Lyme Disease - 12/09/08 - now|Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - 6 recent mod dysplasia moles excised, and many more to shave biopsy.
Drugs: prednisone 50 mg|6mp 75 mg|lialda 4.8 mg|Cipro/Flagyl|Paxil 50 mg|Klonopin .25 mg|Trazodone 50 mg|

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