Attack of the Moonface!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 8/29/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I've been on Prednisone since June, and I avoided the dreaded moonface- UNTIL NOW! My cheeks are officially chunky-style and the worst is that I'm starting work this week (as a teacher) and I feel gross! I was complaining to a fellow teacher that kids were going to tease me, because that's just how high school kids are- and she was like "No way, no one will notice"

THEN, at orientation yesterday my favorite student comes up and says, "darn, Ms. K-------, your cheeks got chubby over summer!"


in better news, I'm down to 20mg and the colon is feeling GREAT- everything else, not so much.....

<FONT color=#808080>diagnosed 2007

<FONT color=#808080>also take Probiotics, Multivitamin, Effexor, Claritin, Albuterol, Advair. . . . .

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Date Joined Jun 2004
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   Posted 8/30/2007 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
So many of us have been there.
I have photos of me with my moon face. When I see them now I am stunned!
It's a vanity thing for sure (it was for me).
However, I'm glad you a feeling well!

February 04: Rushed to hospital with severe blood haemorrhage. Diagnosed with indeterminate UC in 2/3 of my bowel. Treated with heavy doses of Pred; started Salofalk tabs and sups.


April 06: First major flare – more haemorrhaging. Colonoscopy once against confirmed indeterminate UC.


May 06: Started 40 mg Pred. Weaned down to 10mg by July 8, held at 10mg until December 20, tapering 1mg every 2 weeks, 5mg a day as of February 14. All this plus 10 Salofalk tabs daily.


Jan through May 2007: Suffering from severe headaches and vomiting likely caused by prednisone.


Feb 26 07: Started Imuran with continued success.


May 12 07: Final dose of prednisone after 50 weeks!

Scrap Girl
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   Posted 8/30/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Moon face is the worst! My only advice would be to drink lots of water and avoid salt at all costs. I always knew that if I consumed a lot of salt - like on tortilla chips - I would pay for it the next day. Just remember - this too shall pass. :-)
Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
Colazal (9 a day)
Folic Acid
3rd Remicade infusion

schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   

yeppur, I hate looking at my pics - won't have them taken.  Then my inlaws told me I looked like the Great Pumpkin - Gee Thanks I needed that.

Good Grief Charlie Brown - heheheh




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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Ah, yes, I thought my moon face last summer was more pregnancy than prednisone, but no it is back with a vengeance and I can't blame the pregnancy anymore. Sigh, just when I was starting to see my cheekbones again, they are gone...
Diagnosed with UC in 2004
Had flares all through pregnancy last year, and current flare on and off for about 4 months...
Currently on 35mg prednisone, Lialda,
prenatal vitamin(almost done nursing, but will keep taking for folic acid and other nutrients), calcium/magnesium, and Bifidus Balance FOS probiotics
Will start Imuran as soon as I am done nursing...
Looking into nutrition, vitamins, anything to get me better and keep me off prednisone!!!

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   Posted 8/30/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
No one ever said much about my moon face, until I got in a fight with one of my friends at the time; I said something to her and her retort was, "Yeah? Well at least I didn't get FAT!" Hah. I wasn't even 'fat', I'm 5'8" and at the time was up to 130lbs! I'm pretty sure that's not fat, though most of it was probably in my face, haha. I am definitely overly concerned about my weight though, when I was on pred this last time, I spent the better part of my days checking myself in mirrors at all angles and lamenting over every pound that was gained. I actually started counting calories and sodium intake which is something I had never bothered to do before and it's tedious but it does help keep things in check. If you see how much you're eating instead of just blindly giving into all your cravings (which I certainly would have done otherwise) it really helps you restrain.

A great website to do that at is - I had posted it here before, but it's free and it's really convenient and easy to use, and you can add nutrients to track in addition to the "normal" stuff, like right now I'm also tracking my potassium intake.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
Primadophilus Reuteri
40 mg Citalopram (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Imuran
10meq Potassium Cl

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 459
   Posted 8/30/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Pred gave me a very ugly moon face and my face returned to its normal shape after I started with cinnamon tea
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