I feel very lucky - maybe because I am almost 69 - not many problems with prednisone and the side effects worked in my favor. Oily skin (yikes mine was SOOO dry), arthritis pain inflammation much better, hypertension remains controlled, no moon face (probably not on long enough - face fat anyway), more energy, AND it has my UC under control. I have a call in what to do now that I am on 20 mg. - doc ask me to call about 4 days into 20 mg. taper from 40 mg. Not sure what next move will be. Wish I could just remain this way. I do have to take my Xanax for anxiety and some mood swings - but HEY - am a senior and have them no matter what. Good luck to everyone. You know any of these side effects unless you are unable to live with them are not so important to me as REMISSION!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc. Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far. Plan on adding 6MP (or?) at lowest possible prednisone dose.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD