Side effect of tapering pred??

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/1/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently tapering pred. I've only been on it 3 weeks. I was fine for the first 10 days then I started having major anxiety attacks and spoke to my GI about tapering quickly. This is how I have been tapering 7days@40mg 3 days@30mg 4days@20mg 2 days@15mg 4days@10mg and today I have taken only 5mg. I've noticed slight tingling in my fingers off and on - is this normal from tapering pred? Is this my adrenals waking up or is this causing damage?? I have felt like such a hypochondriac on pred, I feel like my body is falling apart. smhair Please tell me the tingling is normal.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if the tingling is from the pred but I can say this - when I was on pred, my body did all kinds of crazy things. I never knew if it was the colitis or the drug. For example, my teeth hurt. I had to start using special toothpaste (I still use it actually even though I've been off pred for years). There were so many other weird things, that it would take too long to list them all.

One idea - your tingling might be inflammation. I've found that since I've gotten colitis, I also have inflammation in my joints and over the years I have gotten tingling in my hands and feet.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/1/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
That seems like a very fast taper. It's been a few years since I've been on Pred. but with normal tapering, I was always on it for about 8 weeks. I was tapering down every week, not every few days. It could very well be from the Pred and the tapering.
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., increased to 3 mg. 3/3/09
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano

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