Week Two – Prednisolone 45mg (7 tablets)
Hurrah, I’m down to 7 tablets! At the end of each week when I lower a dose it really feels like a sense of achievement, I can physically see myself getting better and it helps by physically seeing my body needs less and less of this ‘drug’ each week.
I have now officially been taking steroids for 2 weeks, and as I reported in week one I have gone from strength to strength, the breathlessness after taking the steroids has completely gone. All of my UC symptoms are slowly disappearing, I haven’t had diarrhoea in 2 weeks – huge sense of achievement right there! Going to the bathroom is no longer an issue or something to be afraid of, being at work is no longer a struggle or uncomfortable, a major breakthrough in my life.
The only thing I have ‘noted’, and this might not be a side effect but just a sign that I am returning to full health, and that is an increased appetite, not such a bad thing when I did lose a little too much weight. Now I’m not talking about eating everything in site or snacking a lot, I’m just talking at meal times I am eating normal portions again and I am no longer afraid to eat. This was particularly becoming an issue at work and I found lunch time the hardest meal of the day. One of the main side effects with Prednisolone is the increased appetite and therefore putting on weight, but I am a firm believer that if I did have snacks available to me all the time, yes of course I would eat them right up, it is about finding that balance and knowing it is ok to feel hungry at 11am, just grab a green tea instead or have lunch a little earlier? Who is watching over you to say you must eat lunch between 1pm – 2pm? I have upped my intake of water as well to try and pass some of the hunger, again water is incredibly powerful and hydration is something you need to keep up when you have UC.
I haven’t weighed myself since starting the steroids but this might be something I start from the beginning of week three.
Another thing to note, and this is a big one for me, but again something that isn’t necessarily covered on the NHS website, or many other sites for that matter. But that is Beauty, I work as a marketing assistant for a skincare company founded by a dermatologist called Dr.Murad. The main unique selling point of our products is just how active they are, efficacious and brilliant at achieving results. However, some of these ingredients do not go hand in hand with Prednisolone.
Prednisolone actually weakens the barrier of the skin, so skin can become sensitive. I’m usually the kind of girl that exfoliates a couple of times a week, but I have been told that whilst on the steroids that I shouldn’t be exfoliating at all. Now as time goes on I will share more about my skincare routine and how that journey is going, but that is for another time 🙂
Finally – fatigue! This is such a huge side effect of having IBD, for various different reasons whether you are low iron, low magnesium, low vitamin D, going through a flare up it all results in tiredness, and low energy. I have been going to bed a lot earlier than usual, but not by much, and at the weekends I have been napping – but come on who doesn’t love a cheeky Saturday afternoon nap?
To be continued…