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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   

I know this has been discussed so many times before on this forum; however I still had a question. I was put on prednisone for about 3 months beginning October 2008 and then tappered down. Flare ups began almost immediately and I was put on prednisone again until about April 2009. My moon face, though has come down a lot is still noticeable; the area next to my chin is kind of fluffy. I have been off prednisone for a little over 2 months and from reading this forum, it seems like 2 months is a little too long for that. Has anyone else experienced this before? I think I am starting to get paranoid can someone please help? What can I do?

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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it took me close to three months after being off prednisone before the area under my chin began to subside. I would be patient. We all react a little differently.
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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I hate moon face! When I was on Pred, it would take just as long for the moon face to go away as the amount of time I was on Pred. So if I was on it for 3 months, it would take 3 months to go away. I would guess that in the next month or two, it will be completely gone for you.
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   Posted 7/7/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
It should go away soon. Also, I found that avoiding foods with sodium/salt helped reduce moonface, as there's less water retention then.
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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay because I had heard that with prednisone packets of fat are displaced and I just wanted to make sure this isn't fat and it will go away. Thank you for the responses.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 7/7/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My moon face was there for like 2 years no joke. The only thing thats helped has been working out regularly. I go through a lot of flares and am currently on 30mg of pred but this time around Ive been working out everyday for about 2hrs (weightlifting + mild cardio) and watching my calorie intake (2000-2500) etc and no moon face this time.

Not sure if exercise is the reason but it sure feels that way. Also my hunger this time is pretty suppresed. Usually when Im on prednisone, Im eating 7 big meals a day and still hungry.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
The moon face didn't bother me. But then I had this really horrible skin inflammation on my face for some five to ten years. The moon face was nothing in comparison.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working

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