In my humble opinion prednisone is a very effective albiet nasty drug. My GI waited too long to put me on it and it didn't do a darn thing, so all I got were the side effects. But I've heard from many people since, particularly those that have mild to moderate disease that a short course is all they needed to nip it in the bud and they were then able to stay in remission with the anti-inflammatories (e.g., 5-ASA). I was like you early on and wanted to avoid prednisone at all costs, but in the long run I think that was a mistake. If it had been used appropriately it may have helped to stabilize me. The other options (i.e., immunosuppressants) are not without risk as well, so in the end it is all about weighing the pros and cons. If your quality of life now is suffering you need to do something.
UC Flare: Feb 2006
Pancolitis: Diagnosed Oct 2006
Colectomy Mar 17, 2007, J-pouch surgery fall 07
40mg, (last dose was May 15!!)
Salofalk 500 mg: 10 tabs daily, Salofalk 4 g enema: nightly 1/2 nightly
6MP 75 mg daily (started Jan 19. 2006) stopped due to severe reaction
Fish Oil, Probiotics, Multivitamin