So I had a flare-up of my IBD last month so as I usually do during a flare-up I went to the doctors and they prescribed me the 6 week 30mg a day tapering dose of Prednisolone (steroids – glucocorticoids).
Week 1 – FLARE
I was still flaring and uncomfortable in week one but did not have any side effects nor did I feel better. Towards the end of week 1 I felt more hyper an slept less and less. I normally have a very small appetite but towards the end of the week it increased slightly.m
Week 2 – NO SLEEP
IBD symptoms starting to improve. Appetite has improved. I’m feeling really good! Apart from I CANT SLEEP. Some days during this week I only got a few hours a night. I felt constantly on the rush like I was having a massive adrenaline rush… Constantly.
My pupils even became huge all the time and I was always shaking and I couldn’t unwind or relax. It was like being tortured.
Week 3 – EMOTIONAL
IBD symptoms very much better but I’m becoming increasingly agitated by the change in my personality. At this point, I got really manic and happy. And then I’d have a major mood swing and start hysterically crying for no reason and then laughing my head off. I think it may have been combined with the lack of sleep. This was a confusing week.
Week 4 – CHICKENPOX
So towards the end of week 3 I had a little rash. A few spots all over but I just thought OK it’s heat rash or just spots. But I was naive in thinking I wouldn’t get chicken pox as I am 20 years old. Baring in mind I look after babies for a living and for the past 5 weeks they’ve all been coming down one by one with the chicken pox! Chicken pox was spreading like wildfire amongst the children in my workplace! But I’ve worked in my workplace for 2 years and chicken pox has gone around plenty of times and myself nor any of my colleagues have ever caught it. Well I caught the chicken pox didn’t I!
I felt unwell on the Monday evening and I was concerned about the rash as I am on the steroid treatment so I made myself a doctors appointment for Tuesday morning. I had no idea it was chicken pox and my GP informed me I had chicken pox and I wasn’t to go to work. This led to the rest of the week spent on the sofa covered in Calamine lotion watching American Horror Story. Chicken pox is not fun 😦
Week 5 – CHEST INFECTION
I was told I had the chicken pox on the Tuesday. Saturday morning I sent myself down to the hospital as my chest felt full of rubbish. Coughing up green stuff and that. After having to wait outside the hospital for an hour as they would not let me in the waiting room, I finally got to see a doctor. I got told well done for coming in and that I was very lucky I have come down and caught the beginnings of pneumonia early before it developed further and made me very poorly. I’m now on Amoxicillin for the next week which isn’t great but pneumonia is a killer and a very dangerous and possibly fatal complication of the chicken pox (especially in adults!)
This was a real eye opener for me on how serious steroids can be and what major effects they can have on the body. I treated steroid treatment so casually as I have taken them 3 times before and suffered no problems. Prednisolone is a very scary drug but also very effective (works brilliant for my IBD). I’m glad I had researched and read the leaflets before and during taking this medicine because before I was unaware of my susesptibility to developing infections and how serious they could become.