Steroids, the first action treatment for IBD and Crohn’s disease when surgery is not needed. They act by reducing inflammation and therefore allow your digestive system to heal. Steroids are used to control and stop the flare up before you move onto a long term drug to keep you in remmission.
Im currently on a 10 week course of Prednisolone I started on IV in the hospital and then moved onto oral, 3 weeks at 40mg and then tapering down 5mg per week until the second week of February.
Firstly steroids have improved my symptoms dramatically. The nausea is gone, my appetite is back and I’m eating well, the diarrhoea has gone and I’m feeling a lot more like myself. There’s definitely huge positives and they have almost completely given me my life back.
There are some negatives though, some more annoying than others. My sleep has been really disturbed and for the first few weeks I was only sleeping 3-4 hours a night. This has got better but I have to have a full on bedtime routine just to get me under at a reasonable time and I still only have 7 hours maximum. Secondly my face is puffy I look a bit like a hamster in the morning but luckily it does calm down and I have improved my contouring skills in the process. Lastly not everyday but every other day I do get a racing heart for 2-3 hours after taking them which makes me feel anxious and overall a bit useless.
I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that the course I’m on will stick and that I don’t go back into a flare up once I come off them. Taking medication is a necessary evil to keep me well and after spending nearly a year going down more holistic routes I’m going to try every treatment recommended to me to stay well, with research done on medications before I start taking anything though.