I'm finally getting better.. I was just reading some other posts, about people who have tried prednisone and had horrible side effects. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones.. My only side effect that I can notice that bothers me a bit is my sleep is pretty much non-existant without sleeping pills.. but other than that, it's actually helped me feel better! I have so much more energy and am able to stay on top of things.
I guess the downside is the stuff I can't see... like bone thinning and whatever else it does to you.. I'm currently on 50mg until I see no blood for a few days... then I can go down to 40mg until my next GI appt on the 18th.. At the rate I'm going, I should be able to drop down to 40mg in another 2 or 3 days. I've had hardly ANY blood, except for a tiny bit on the TP.. no more filling the toilet bowl with blood like I was for sooooo long...
I'm also taking that new drug Apriso.. I hope it can keep me in remission while I taper, or my next step is Remicade... Argh.. scary thought..
Just thought I'd update you all that I'm FINALLLLLLLY seeing an improvement.. only took 4 weeks of Pred.. I sure thought it would work faster than that... but maybe adding the Apriso 2 weeks ago is part of it... (I HOPE)
Diagnosed with U/C (Proctitis) January 31st, 2005, IBS on July 21st, 2006
Status as of July 2009 : OMG... I had a poopie today 7-23-09 (had to date that)..lol.. with NO BLOOD!!! First time in almost 10 months!!!!!!!
Meds are: Prednisone 50mg daily, Apriso 4 pills 1x a day.. .YEA! I take Xanax when needed and Ambien for sleep... Which is every day and night with all this darm PRED..
Nexium in the am for heartburn due to Prednisone.. Culturelle 2 times a day...