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   Posted 4/28/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
and what it does to your immune system, is anyone on it concerned about this flu they are talking about?
 Much as I detest it, I am almost sick enough to finally ask to be put on it(no blood, but diarrea, nausea, and stomach pains with no let up) but I do worry if this is the time to be put on a med that leaves me wide open for other illnesses.
I'm 64 years old, so no spring chicken to begin with.  :)
Anyone on Pred concerned at all?
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 Now on Hydrocortisone suppositories for 2 weeks.
Urgency is still my biggest problem.  rarely have D, but extreme gas and urgency at any given time.

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   Posted 4/28/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on 20 mg of prednisone....I am a little concerned about it because I work at a dr office and also have 2 young kids. I try not to worry about it and go with the flow on things. I just practice good hygiene and take care of myself as best as I can....what more can ya do?
Diagnosed with Crohns in October 07
Diagnosed by new dr with Ulcerative Colitis 03/09
Colonoscopy on 4/23-diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitus
12 Asacol/day
prednisone (20 mg) - until can get bleeding under control
waiting for lab work so I can start Imuran

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   Posted 4/29/2009 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Apparently the people who are most likely to get swine flu are young healthy people. So many having a pre-exiting condition could be a good thing
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis December 2008
Treating with:
-Prednisone (2mg - tapering (slowly...) from 40mg)
-Pentasa x8 a day
Also taking Iron supplements and Multi-vitamins

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   Posted 4/29/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
     I'm on 6MP and my last white count was only 2.9, so not many antibodies to fight off much of anything.  My hubby had a bad sinus and upper respiratory infection from Sunday a week ago  and is just starting to feel better.  Since our family doctor just poo pooed it as "allergies", I gave him some Cipro last Friday and he took it for five days.  He only started to feel better after being on the Cipro about three days.  His sinuses cleared up.  I usually don't do this, but thought it terrible that the doctor didn't even see him!  We have gone to this physician for over 20 yrs and unfortunately, he is getting ready to retire and cut his hours down drastically.  He formed a group which includes DO's, physician assistants and two nurse practioners.  I think it's time we switched doctors, but that is another story.  Anyway, I have slept in a different bedroom to try to avoid getting ill, wash my hands and spray Lysol but yesterday I started with a scratchy throat.  I am not worried about that Swine Flu though.
     By the way, I am 62, no spring chicken either and I also have ulcerative proctitis but have been in remission for six months.
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 4/29/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Somewhat concerned but just trying to also practice good hygiene and avoid people who seem sick.

I am on 20 mg. prednisone right now and 6MP.  I am 68 (really no spring chicken).  I will not stay home or get upset - just do what I can! Listening for advice from health officials.

Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.

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   Posted 4/29/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Your both just summer chickens.

I'd worry about it a little more if I were in immediate contact with a person that had it. Think I'd probably worry more about my little boy coming down with something like that than me though.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3+Ca/1000mg DHA

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   Posted 4/29/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I will fight tooth and nail not to take Pred (except Pred-Forte eye drops for uvitis).  I have every side-effect in the book from it--even cataracts!  The worst is the rise in blood sugar to the point of having to go on insulin.  I have been very fortunate and not had a flare since sticking to my natural foods regimen.  I am convinced that my vegetarian (some fish) diet has helped.  Also, probiotics, fish oil, green food, TURMERIC, etc.  I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and now I have no pain whatsoever.  Next step--weaning off Asacole.  Scary!

Trying anything "natural" (green food, probiotics, tumeric, fish oil, etc.)!

Post Edited (LunaNana) : 4/29/2009 1:47:07 PM (GMT-6)

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