I started posting in the summer. I was having a kidney removed and I was having a major dilemma regarding the prednisone and whether or not I should take it. Well, I had the kidney removed and I'm doing great - thank God!! I had also achieved remission and was doing great up until a month ago and then it started up again.
I noticed that it started after I started taking Concerta - which is an ADHD medication. It's basically a time release form of ritalin. I'm curious as to whether or not anyone has taken any kind of ADHD / ADD medication such as ritalin, adderall, dexadrine, etc... I have stopped taking the concerta and I have noticed a dramatic improvement. I'm almost afraid to say that I have achieved remission, but I am definately knocking on the door. I was on Concerta for approximatly 6 or 7 years prior to getting diagnosed. I've been diagnosed since June of 2008 but I had symptoms long before that. After I had my kidney removed, I stopped taking it because my body was reacting to it kind of strange. This was also the same time that I went into remission. I was doing great for over three months until I started taking the Concerta again in January. I started flaring less than two weeks later.
I'm just curious if there may be a connection somewhere. I know of one other person who was also on similar type medication and also feels there is a connection. Anyone else?
Thanks and stay well,
41 - Female/Long Island, NY
Dx - 6/23/08 - Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 pills/3X per day
Asadopholous pearls - 1X per day
Culturelle - 1X per day
Prednisone - 40mg/decreasing 5mg every 4 days. Haven't started taking because of surgery concerns.
Added Bonus - found a mass on my left kidney during an abdominal CT. Waiting on surgery to remove my kidney.