You haven't tried any probiotics yet? They might help a lot. I just responded in the current probiotic research thread - but my son's GI has several incredible success stories involving probiotics. I've used Ultimate Flora Critical Care and VSL (now the Double Strength one - covered by prescript
ion insurance - ) with great success, and my son is having good success with Align.
Slippery elm has helped me some, too.
I would think at some point, once your whole gut starts to calm down a little again, you might ask about
rectal meds - even the steroid ones, if you might be sensitive to mesalamines. Even when my inflammation has been widespead, rectal meds have calmed down the bottom of the system for me and have made me more comfortable.
Yes, the prednisone is a strong med with potentially horrible side effects - but sometimes the inflammation of this is so bad that it's the better option. As long as you can get off it before too long, you'll likely dodge the long-term bad things.
I'll remember your name - I'm Meg, too, although with me it's short for Margaret.
Age 54. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Prednisone almost 2 years, 86-88
Asacol - 16 pills/day, cortenemas, Rowasa
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86
VSL#3DS, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
homemade yogurt each day
hip replacement 4/5/10
Son, 16, dx pancolitis 2007