Insane bloating (on pred) Any help?

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bklyngrl
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on medrol (methylprednisolone) 16 mg and have had this crazy bloated stomach the entire time - it is bloated from just under my rib cage all the way down and the pressure and the look of it is just awful. my GI has recommended some probiotics and also gas pills to help with the bloat - neither has made any difference. is anyone taking anything else that has helped with this side effect? i am sloooowly tapering off the pred but I can't take much more of this bloat. it is so uncomfortable.

TIA!

Dahlia

kops2da
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   

The two things that have helped - drinking more water and eating as little salt as possible!

ElaineNY


 
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.
 
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish I knew. It has completely changed my figure, and it seems like nothing is helping!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
i know what you mean.. i'm tapering finally too, but my whole stomach is so bloated i look pregnant.. preprednisone days I NEVER had a gut. EVER.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Finally tapering off prednisone 5mg every week.. Staying on Lialda 2 twice a day. Currently colonoscopy shows remission. Apparently my symptoms are from my IBS side of my issues.
Medications:Prednisone 25mg, Lialda 2 twice a day, Align probiotic, Anti-spasmodic as needed.
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 5/11/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Along with kops2da's suggestion, try cardio 4 days a week for minimum 30 minutes each day.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


sweetmelody
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   Posted 5/12/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
yah i wish i felt like exercise would freakin take away pred bloat. I think only thing that'll help while still on pred is trying to get the f off of it.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Finally tapering off prednisone 5mg every week.. Staying on Lialda 2 twice a day. Currently colonoscopy shows remission. Apparently my symptoms are from my IBS side of my issues.
Medications:Prednisone 25mg, Lialda 2 twice a day, Align probiotic, Anti-spasmodic as needed.
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


bklyngrl
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 5/12/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the sympathy and suggestions. I never had a gut preprednisone either and now I don't even have a waist anymore. Add that to my moon face, bad skin, and hairy cheeks and I'm really not winning any beauty contests.

lambkins
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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Same as no waist just a big bloated stomach and nice moon face have just over 2 weeks on pred left then off i hope?
  
  Diagnosed 22.5.08 with Lft sided U/C
  Meds Predfoam 20mg 2x day stopped started pentasa supps 1gm 26/6/08
 Asacol 800mg x2 twice daily
  Domperidone 10mg as needed
  co codamol 30/500 x2 when needed
  Asacol foam 2g nightly 19/3/09
  Prednisone 60mg 19/3/09 tappering after2wks


kops2da
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   Posted 5/12/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   

I am already obese so big stomach but I really don't like looking in the mirror at this face!!  I tapered to 15 mg. this week - two days now and already more blood showing up.  Increased 6MP to 75 - hoping something kicks in soon.  GEEZ!  My skin is nice but now developing some dark spots - not sure if they are aging or prednisone. 

Did I every tell you how much I hate this DD!!

ElaineNY


 
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.
 
 
 


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 5/12/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
pb4 said...
Along with kops2da's suggestion, try cardio 4 days a week for minimum 30 minutes each day.

:)

Don't bother. I already do this and it makes no difference.
 
(of course it's good to do anyway)
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ 

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