Hi Christie and welcome! I'm new here too! I'm a 49 y/o female R.N. with U.C. I also was told (by my old g.p.) that I was a diabetic (non-insulin dependent) almost a year ago and then my endo said I'm not!! Go figure! My sugar levels were repeatedly high d/t the prednisone, and still are (115-120).
In any case, I started Remicade yesterday (354mg). No one offered Benedryl or Claritin to me beforehand, but I was lucky enough to not experience any side effects (so far)!
I also feel constant, extreme fatigue - but I think it's also from the Prednisone. I was told not to start weaning down the prednisone just yet. Supposed to go for Remi #2 in 2 weeks and then again in 6 weeks.
I did feel slightly better today and had more of an appetite. But not an increase in energy. Still real bloated/distended - can't wait for that to disappear! What I did experience was a decrease in the number of visits to the washroom!
So glad to hear you're feeling so much better. Now I'm counting the days for my 2nd infusion!
Looking forward to hearing about
aka "Colon Pow" !!!!!
pancolitis first diagnosed 2002, but IBS throughout childhood
remission for 5 years
Recurrence/Major Flare Jan 2007 with no let up
+ C.Diff (rt colon), left colon-severe u.c. via Nov '07 colonoscopy
G.I. doc described colon as "bloodied, raw hamburger meat"!!!
Asacol 1600mg three times/day
Prednisone 40mg every am
Mesalamine Enema (1000mg) @ bedtime
1st Remicade infusion 354 mg, December 7, 2007