I'm in the middle of tapering my prednisone. I've been on 20mg/day (dwon from 40mg 5.5 weeks ago) for 22 days. Started having loose BMs, no blood, after 1 week at 20. I saw my GI a week later and still having loose BMs. Only going 1-3 times per day. Last week started to see blood in stool and on the TP. Contacted GI and he said it was not unusual. He said to stay at 20mg and monitor the situation. Things are still the same this morning. Loose BMs with blood in stool and on TP. I see more blood in first BM of the day and little to no blood the rest of the day. The blood is red to bright-red.
Also, blood work last week looked good with everything in normal range.
Is it time to call the GI again? Could this be hemmorhoids? anyone else have these symptoms before?
UC diagnosed April 2006
flare May 2007 (hospitalized 28 days)
prednisone 20mg/day (initially 60mg/day in April 2006/ 15-20 bms/day)
Remicade; major infusion rxn during second dose, discontinued.
Digestive Advantage for Crohn's&Colits Probiotic (1 tablet/day)