A poster here once bought their wife a cake shaped like Frankenstein that said "sorry I've been such a monster lately" after finishing a course of prednisone. We all get it and have been there, easily snapping over small and insignificant things. In retrospect it's hard to believe we said or did such things. However, it's a known side effect of prednisone (wild mood swings, anger to crying, to anxiety sometimes within the course of 1/2 an hour), once he's off of pred then that mood swing thing will go away as well. The best he can do is try and catch himself when he feels he's going off of the handle (walk away, not say anything, and give himself a little time to cool off). It's not easy, takes practice but is possible. I've been doing this while on prednisone this time, I don't have a 100 percent success rate but it helps for sure lol.
Just try to be understanding and know it's only temporary. Prednisone is a synthetic version of cortisol which is a hormone that our bodies naturally produce in fight-or-flight situations, when we're injured or threatened (great if we need to fend off an attacker, bad for domestic interactions). For UC, we want the immune suppressing and anti inflammatory affect which quickly stops bleeding and lets our bodes heal. However, we get everything including the anger and mood swings as well. The pred doses used to treat UC are well higher than anything our bodies would ever produce... so we can be a bit nutty. Bare with us, as there's no easy out from the mood swings.
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John, 38, in a minor flare, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; 50mgs 6MP, 4.8g Mesalamine DR, 5mgs pred (tapering)Choose your own UC adventure: You've just crapped yourself at the mall do you (page 55) cleanup, go commando and shop, (60) 1st get a change from the car, or (63) get a stiff drink and just go home
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