Yes, I vowed never to take prednisone again and opted for surgery. The risks of long term pred use (4+ months=long term) far outweigh the benefit. It's been over 9 years since I had my last dose. I had a bad bout of poison oak a few years ago that any doctor would have prescribed prednisone for but I refused to take it and suffered through the recovery!
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free