I used to be like you, afraid to touch prednisone. I totally understand, believe me. Everything you read about
it is scary, and true. However... my reluctance to hit my flares hard meant that the inflammation became more extreme and did far more damage to my body.
In the first year I flared, I was so afraid of prednisone that I only took 15mg of the stuff. A few weeks later I had a fulminant flare and was in the hospital on 60+mg of IV pred anyway.
Prednisone is not going to seriously harm your body unless you're on it cumulatively for years. Do whatever you can to stop your body's inflammation so that you can keep your bowel healthy and unchanged for as long as possible. You don't want runaway inflammation to cause scarring, narrowing and other complications. Take it from someone who learned the hard way. You have to think long-term, beyond this flare and into the future when there will be other flares. Each flare does cumulative damage, so the more you can control it now, the more you will spare yourself problems down the road.
Post Edited (MarkWithIBD) : 10/31/2019 12:44:29 PM (GMT-6)