I am on my second round of pred and this time my anxiety is nearly through the roof. I didn't have this side effect the first time with pred so I thought it was just stress from being sick but I started to suspect that adding prednisone (an analog of the naturally occurring stress hormone cortisol) could....
cause stress for my body. Having done some reading on this site, another one and some literature about
Prednisone from a drug information database my suspicions have been confirmed (logically at least) that most if not all of the anxiety I'm having is related to the Prednisone. It sucks! But part of me is disappointed because I thought I was dealing with my illness pretty good.
So, my question is what dy'all recommend, based on your own experience? Ask for some Ativan or something or tough it out (until I'm off the pred) with meditation/relaxation and other healthy forms of coping with anxiety? I thought I was pretty good at coping with my illness, this has really thrown me for a loop. I guess my question is can a psychological approach combat anxiety induced by prednisone or do I fight a chemical with another chemical? Or both? I'm all ears.
A related problem is that I'm not sleeping very good at night, at most 6 hours so I know that's not helping me heal any. Any suggestions here too?
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
3.6g (Nov 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.
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.
Prilosec OTC generic: 1 pill every night (the pred upsets my stomach).
Other current meds/supplements: Sertraline, Yasmin, Vit E, Omega 3 FA, Krill Oil, Mupirocin (bacterial rhinitis), Maxalt MLT (migraine), phenergan (nausea).
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. :(
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