I’m a long term steroid user (prednisolone) and i have typical medically induced cushings syndrome because of the steroids. I’ve put on 5+ Stone in a matter of months, I have the typical round face, I have huge horrible stretch marks covering over a third of my body now from where the steroids have made my skin less stretchy and from putting on so much weight so fast, I get muscle/joint pains from them, i have muscle weakness, fluid retention, mood swings, I’m dependent on steroids now because my body can no longer produce it’s own natural steroids, wounds take longer to heal, i bruise easier, infections are virtually impossible to treat and i’m hardly responsive to any antibiotics, my eyes are blurry a lot of the time and i’m at high risk for cataracts now, my blood pressure is much higher, i’m at higher risk for getting diabetes, I have osteoporosis, my adrenal gland does’t work properly, and not to mention the constant hunger! I put up with all this because it’s either this or I can’t breathe and if I can’t breathe I can’t live.
That’s just one medication, probably my worse and best all in one. Keeps my inflammation in my airways under control so that I can get air to my lungs, yet has pretty much ruined any decent quality of life I could have. I’m 24. How many 24 year olds do you know that have osteoporosis? I chose to keep taking them because I really just don’t have a choice. It’s like choosing between life and death. For me that is an easy decision!
This is how steroids have changed me mildly in just a few months. Size 10 to a size 16-18.
This is my motivation to get healthy – get healthy to get off the steroids or at the very least get onto a lower dose!