I do a pretty hard workout, longer than an hour and easily zone 3-4 for an hour in my cardio classes with short cooldowns. I agree, workouts cause inflamation but only in the muscles you breakdown while working out, not in your colon (unless you are working out your colon somehow!).
I'd never taper pred faster than 2.5mg now, at least not below 20mg. Don't hurry too much, although if you already having surgery you probably don't care much if it makes things more inflamed with a quick taper. I had my first normal BM this morning after starting the 12.5/10mg taper almost 2 weeks ago. So I'll try to get a week of normal BMs before tapering down to straight 10mg.
I still feel like 12.5mg is some sort of even point for my body. My hair is shedding alot now which seems to happen when I get down to a lower dose. Also my heart stopped racing at night now. I do feel it takes my body 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to realize I've dropped the dose, I'm sure from being on it for so long now.
I'll stay away from the licorice root for now!
UC - diagnosed 1994, in remission for 10 years, currently trying to get over a flare
Meds: Prednisone 12.5mg; Colazal 3 pills/3x day, 1 mesalamine enema a day, VSL #3 DS 1/2 packet/day, Align probiotic, Ultimate Flora 30 billion, iron, calcium, folic acid, L-lysine, Zyrtec, Yasmin, multi-vitamin, evening primrose oil, zinc
Tried Imuran but it affected my pancrea