Once I took steriod pack for a week-no improvement

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   Posted 4/3/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Once I took a steriod pack, like 5 pills one day, 4 pills the next day and so on for five days to help inflmmation and it didn't help at all. What was this type of steriod and how come it didn't work? Would you think it's like predinsone or a differenty type of steriod, if there different types?
Very mild left sided (could have fooled me with the "mild")  UC. STARTED LDN ON 1/25/09. Supplements:  Cod Liver, Probiotics, multi whole food vitamin, olive leaf extract.

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   Posted 4/3/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe that prednisone is available in a pack like that, but I'm sure other steriods are as well. My guess as to why it didn't work would either be because the dose was too low, because a week wasn't long enough to heal the inflammation, or a combination of the two.

Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, 40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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   Posted 4/3/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Those steroid packs usually called Solu-Medol packs are frequently low dose MethylPrednisolone 4mg and depending on what strength yours was, that might be the reason for it not being effective for you! These are frequently give to patients for swelling and inflamation. The Prednisone typically given for a flare is much stronger and ususlly for a much longer period of time. I would suggest you talk with your Doctor about it, and tell him/her that it was not effective for you!

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   Posted 4/3/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Same stuff, but those are meant for systemic poison ivy, and probably other maladies.
It's not a regimen that will give your gut a chance to heal.
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; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 20-30 after several really bad days. Waiting for insurance decison on Humira...soon... 

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   Posted 4/3/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I took that steroid pack for a week for Bronchitis, and it worked wonders, with no side effects. I imagine the dose is very low.

Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
Blood is a bigger problem for me than D.

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