Prednisone effects

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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I started back on the pred about 10 days ago. The Nurse Practitioner also ordered some pooh studies (fecal WBC, C Diff, giardia, etc.). I'm curious though, since I was on the pred for about 9 days before I was able to get a sample to the lab, could the results be misleading? i.e. my results came back negative for fecal wbc. Which means one of two things: the prednisone has helped bring the inflammation under control and that is why there is no fWBC's or there were no fWBC's to begin with (e.g., no inflammation). What do ya'll think? My colon feels better overall since I restarted the pred though.  
P.S. Why does my pooh stink something wicked? And my farts too? If there isn't any c diff? Any insight? Would probiotics help with this? I'm considering trying vsl#3.
Thanks. Appreciate you're wisdom.

Distal UC (25cm), Nov 2008
Colonoscopy Nov. 2 08: Pathology showed inflammatory changes throughout colon, but ulcerations, friable tissue, etc. last 25cm of colon
Lialda (Nov 08) 3.6g; (Dec 08), 4.8g/daily
Canasa supp. 1g (for 3 weeks, from Nov. 5),
Prednisone 40 mg/daily 4 week taper (Nov. 17 ‘08), Back up to 15mg Dec. 20, taper 2.5mg/wk. Off Pred Jan 27…knock on wood.
Rowasa: 4g/bedtime Dec. 20 ‘08, 4g/bed time Jan 19 ‘09
Procotofoam: 1 application/bedtime, Jan 20 ‘09
Prednisone: 30mg taper, started Feb 10, 09.
Current UC meds are underlined.

My mother (UC for 20+ years) has been in remission for quite some time (at least a few years). :)
One of my cousins has Chron's dz. :(

I love Cottonelle moist flushable wipes!

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