Hi, I'm new to the forum and new to UC. I haven't been "officially" diagnosed (my colonoscopy is scheduled for 6/12 along with endoscopy to check for celiac). My doc put me on Asacol, but I was reading that it may take a month for it to start showing any noticeable effects. I emailed my doctor and asked about
prednisone to kick-start things... she agreed and called in a prescript
ion for 40 mg.
Then I started really researching and am learning about
all the side effects. If my symptoms were really severe there'd be no question (and I'm sure she would have prescribed it right away.) So I'm wondering based on the experience here in this forum whether you would or would not take prednisone if you had the following symptoms:
- reasonably healthy BM in the morning, sometimes a painful non-BM (just blood) if I ate the wrong thing
- always some blood in stool, and always small amount of the runs every time I pee
- I don't have to run to the toilet all the time... once or twice a day (if I have to fart I generally run to the toilet for fear of "sharts"
but fortunately that's not very often)
- Some crampiness and discomfort
I've started taking boswellia, slippery elm and probiotics, plus adding turmeric to most foods.
My thinking on taking it is that my doc told me to go back on gluten diet so they can test for celiac, but gluten does make my symptoms worse (just more blood and cramping, but still not severe.) I'm also reading that a mild flare could spread into something worse unless treated right away. But I'm leery of the possible side effects (although "moon face" generally doesn't happen until you've been on it for a while, yeah?)
Your thoughts? Thank you!