Prednisone tapering and bm??

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kops2da
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   Posted 2/14/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, guys, here I am again!  Have been on 40 mg. of prednisone for a week and today tapered to 30 mg.  This week I developed sciatica type pain in left buttocks which is now getting much better.  Gradually, I am feeling better - formed stools, less and less blood - none for a couple days at least.  I started with blood, 4 or 5 bms a day and cramping, etc. Down to 2 bms - formed, comfortable, etc.  THEN - today - 2 regular, normal bms and then all day feeling of my rectum not being empty - GAS and when I go to bathroom there is small amounts of stool - tiny mucous once.  There is no cramping, no pain - just feeling of wanting to "go".  Does this sound ok?  Constipation?  I tried to drink more water today - I usually don't drink much. 
Any more suggestions!  I feel so good other than this annoying symptom - now that my back is feeling better!
ElaineNY

68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


bbc
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   Posted 2/14/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Be careful not to force yourself as you may end up with a fissure and you don't want that...I am suffering from a bad one right now from hard large stool whcih stool softner is not helping with.

Feel better : )
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 3X per week and canasa every other day
Natural anti fungal, anti inflammation supplements and Probiotics.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Reduced sugar in my diet by at least 70%
Reduced wheat products by 70% 
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily (unless like now : (  I've lost too much weight)
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
 
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kops2da
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   Posted 2/14/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   

I do not force - just sits there!  Anyway, this is so new after months of diarrhea, urgency, ect.

Hope we both feel better soon!

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


bbc
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   Posted 2/15/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I uped the Colace last night to the max dose and thank God I was able to have an easier BM this a.m.
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 3X per week and canasa every other day
Natural anti fungal, anti inflammation supplements and Probiotics.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Reduced sugar in my diet by at least 70%
Reduced wheat products by 70% 
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily (unless like now : (  I've lost too much weight)
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
 
*Recent Changes In Blue*


kops2da
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   Posted 2/15/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   

bbc - amazing how the first conversaton I have on Sunday morning is about my bm - LOL!!  Glad you are better today.  I had a regular (just little "fluffy" bm this morning - no blood - perhaps tiny mucous.  We will see how the rest of the day goes! I need to go to the grocery store.  My back (sciatic) pain is now discomfort - thank goodness.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


NostraHistoria
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 348
   Posted 2/15/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
How long are you supposed to be on prednisone for?
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


kops2da
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   Posted 2/15/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Now that is a good question!  My instructions after the scope ....

40mg for one week, 30 mg. for one week, 20 mg. for two weeks and call the doctor. There was 3 refills so that would mean four months.  I am second week, second day on 30 mg.  He only mentioned maintenance medication as I cannot take mesalamines of any kind - reactions to everything including enemas, etc.  SO - that is where I stand at this moment.  If I felt like the last few days I would be happy but I know things will change when I taper.  I do have a mild/moderate problem which I am thankful for.  I can "live with" some of the symptoms so complete remission is not something I feel I HAVE to have but woudl like.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Christine1946
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Total Posts : 5975
   Posted 2/16/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
     Hi Elaine.  When flaring I have tenesmus ALL the time.  That is the feeling that the bowel is never completely empty.  Terribly uncomfortable, isn't it?
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.


kops2da
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Getting better in last two days.  Hope stays that.  Yes, it is horrible feeling - felt like something swelling so I am using hyrocortisone cream to help.  ElaineNY

68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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