Going back on the prednisone

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   Posted 6/10/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
     Well, I tried to persevere as long as possible without going back on that dreaded prednisone.  Yesterday wasn't too bad but I don't know whether it was something I ate or what...only low residue, but today I am in a tizzy and we are scheduled to go up to PA.  I already went to the bathroom in excess of six times and it isn't even quite 10 am.  No blood, thank God but terrible urgency.  I called my GI doctor and he said to start at 20 mgm for one week and then 10 mgm the next.  I see him on the 23rd to discuss the biopsies he took when I was sigmoidoscoped.  I really don't think the 20 mgm is going to do much but I will follow his orders.  He knows how the prednisone raises my blood pressure.  Oh well, maybe once up at the campground I can sit back and relax and read my books.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Christine i see you live in South Jersey...which GI DR do you see?

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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   

Sorry this has happened to you. Hope the prednisone does the trick - and FAST!  I am still on 10 mg. and 50 mg. 6 MP until I see the specialist next week.  This morning I had to go 5 times - no D and for the first time in weeks - NO BLOOD!  However, it could have been there but at least I didn't find any with my flashlight LOL!

Hope you can enjoy your trip - relaxing may help but be very careful about your diet too!


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 - staying on 10 mg. prednisone also until visit with specialist.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.

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