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   Posted 2/21/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
How about that Mr. Potato face we get from the steroids! I have had so many of my customers tell me how much weight I have gained.... I know, I can't believe their mother's didn't teach them that if they didn't have anything nice to say, say nothing at all! how long does it take to get rid of the round face?? I read that it is called facial mooning... I have looked at myself in pics since I have been taking the steroids and have destroyed them all! Any word on how long it takes to lose the moon??? idea

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   Posted 2/21/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   

I have read that it only goes down with tapering prednisone.  I am very lucky that I already have a round face and am obese - so I don't see any moon face  - yet!  You know I don't care as long as I feel good!  If you mention steroids to those who comment most people know that they do.


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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   Posted 2/21/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have stopped taking the steroids 3 weeks ago and have noticed some of the swelling go down, but I still have a long way to go. If I took the steroids for 3 months, what should I expect? Thanks for sharing !!

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   Posted 2/21/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh, I too have some dreadful photos. My moon face subsides once I'm down to about 15 mg. Then it only take a couple of weeks...and then I get lots of comments about losing weight! Even though I haven't.

The thing that takes a long time to go away for me is the face fuzz, that takes forever but I think I'm the only one who notices it since it's very blonde, fortunately.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 2/21/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
My moon face takes as long to completey go away as the amount of time I was on pred. So if I'm on it for 3 months, it takes 3 months for it to be completely gone. It never starts shrinking while I'm tapering, it only starts shrinking once I am off pred. completely. It sucks and for me it's the worst side effect. It's bad enough to be sick but then to have to look like a total freak is the worst IMO!
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
LDN - 2/17/09 1.5 mg.
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano

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   Posted 2/21/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for sharing! I can see the results of being off of them already... I look forward to next month!!
29 yr old recently diagnosed with UC in Nov 08. Taking Asacol 3 times daily and Steriod enemas 2 times daily. no children, very active;

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