Is my case unusual?

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   Posted 4/16/2009 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
when i flare, and have only had a few....diagnosed with uc about a yr ago....symptoms since i was a teen.  When i flare, i can take pred 40 mg and withing 2-3 days, i am better and can get right off the stuff without that typical....sounds like others have a harder time reaching remission.  but i think i am only in remission for about 4 or 5 months.

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   Posted 4/16/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
     You should never just "go off" the prednisone.  It has to be tapered.  If not, it can have very debilitating results.  My friend wound up with Addison's Disease from doing so. 
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 4/16/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
No, not unusual at all, often at 40mg pred can kick in very quickly and bring relief, usually though as you taper symptoms come back so you're very lucky that doesn't happen to you, hopefully you're a milder case and that's why your pattern is the way it is.  You should never just stop taking pred though it's not safe to do becausse it affects your adrenal glands...Remember every IBD is basically unique, there really are no 2 the exact same.


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   Posted 4/16/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Your case is indeed unusual. Typically symptoms recur almost immediately upon abandoning corticosteroid monotherapy.

As for safety, abrupt discontinuation of prednisone is normally considered safe if usage is limited to less than a fortnight. Suppression of the HPA axis requires protracted administration.

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   Posted 4/28/2009 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not a doctor but today my doctor (who speaks in a heavy dutch accent that I can barely understand sometimes) said, I'm pretty sure this is what he said, if you take the prednisone and everything goes away and you go off of it it is a sign of infectious colitis. I don't know if I heard him right but I could have sworn that is what he said, might be something you want to ask your doc or if anyone here knows any more information.
Initial Symptoms SEP 2007.
Bleeding from somewhere I shouldn't be for a year and a half...ehh it will probably go away.
Diagnosed JAN 2009.

Prednisone - Hey this stuff kinda works.
Rowasa - Fun little way to end the day.
Asacol: Not so much!

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