Hi. You're talking kidney stones. And I just wonder - maybe a little advice from you.
I'm on predn for the first time. Starting on 30mgs, for almost 3 weeks, tapering every week or so, now on 15mgs. Everything seems to be fine, except I have a flank pain, mostly on my back, sides, for some time - under my rib cage. It started on right side, for one or two days I took some ibuprofen for pain. Now it seems that right side is almost back to normal but left is painfull. And the pain is fluctuating during the day, night.
Many years ago I had some issues with 'sand in kidneys', but it's been ages since any urinal tract problems, ages before I was Dx with UC 6 years ago. As my doc put me on Prend without asking any qustions about
my health (even though he has my history on file), and I wasn't aware of the side effects then, I just started taking Predn. And now this flank pain... Could it be something going on with kidneys? Or maybe it's the effect of tapering every 5-7 days?
Moreover, in Feb I started taking Calcium and Vit D supplement, as my blood work came back with vit D insufficiency. My GI said it's ok if I take that supplement while on Predn. So I've been taking like 150% daily dose (I have to change mz signature), as I'm not a very dairy person, not at all. Could it have some effect on the kidneys in such a short time?
Could it be something bad going on? I have no other urinary symptomps - should there be any if the pain would be from stones? With sand I alwazs had some kind of infection going on, like blood in urine, low grade fever, etc. So now, I wonder, that it could be effect of weaning of the predn?
I'm asking about
it, because right now I'm abroad for quite a long time. Have my insurance card with me, of course, and they would reimburse me for any local treatment according to my plan. But, to be honest, I'd rather go to doctor if there really is something going on.
Thanks for your advice.
UC diagnosed 2005
Without major flare ups until April 2011 (over two years without ANY meds)
Currently: Prednisone (15mg/day, tampering every 5-7 days), Lialda 4 tabs/day
OTC: Multivitamin, Calcium plus VitD (double daily dose), potassium (double daily dose), Primadophilus Reuteri
Post Edited (Dunia77) : 5/22/2011 12:47:30 PM (GMT-6)