Hi, i have been taking prednisone and tapering for a nasty flare-up. I tapered really slowly, and was feeling pretty good. I was off the pred for 3 weeks and doing well - going to the bathroom 1 or 2 times a day, when all of a sudden yesterday I got stomach pains and the big D. I thought maybe something I had eaten disagreed with me. But today, the big D is still there, along with stomach pains. I have already gone 3 times, and before I go to bed, I'll probably have to go again. I am beginning to think my UC is coming back. I am so depressed. I have suffered through 5 months of pred and feeling all of its effects (i get every side effect possible on that stuff, and in addition have a general feeling of "unwellness" while on it). This DD has taken so much of my life away from me. Now I am totally depressed - I feel like I suffered for those 5 months and now it was all for nothing - because it seems to be coming back. Does anyone have any suggestions? My big question is:
Has anyone had this situation happen to them, and then be able to get out of the flare without prednisone??? If so, how did you do it? I am currently on 4 Lialda pills/day, rowasa enemas at night, and folic acid. I refuse to take Imuran/azathiaprine/remicade, etc. That is not an option for me. And I don't want surgery. (I know, I'm tough to please!) Please, if anyone could help me with some advice, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!