EliteFitness.com Bodybuilding ForumsI am wondering if it is possible for the body to recover and return to normal after discontinuation of steroids. I don't mean recovering from Behcet;s itself, but from the nasty side effects that wreaks havoc on our bodies after long top ten steroids steroid use. I have been on steroids now for about weight loss after stopping anabolic steroids years. Over these three years, my body slowly changed from being thin with strong, muscular legs and thighs to being well-rounded like a big balloon filled with too much air and a round, puffy face. It wasn't until weight loss after stopping anabolic steroids recently that I became overwhelmed and shocked by tsopping I saw in the mirror-- it was extremely disheartening because I couldn't even recognize myself anymore, but at the same time, I almost forget how I once looked.
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I am wondering if it is possible for the body to recover and return to normal after discontinuation of steroids. I don't mean recovering from Behcet;s itself, but from the nasty side effects that wreaks havoc on our bodies after long term steroid use.
I have been on steroids now for about three years.. Over these three years, my body slowly changed from being thin with strong, muscular legs and thighs to being well-rounded like a big balloon filled with too much air and a round, puffy face.
It wasn't until just recently that I became overwhelmed and shocked by what I saw in the mirror-- it was extremely disheartening because I couldn't even recognize myself anymore, but at the same time, I almost forget how I once looked. I try not to let this get to me because I know its not my fault as a result of just being lazy-- I try my best to accept the fact that I am very sick and this is just something that goes along with that.
At the beginning of steroid use, I remember thinking that it was a "miracle drug" and I didn't care about the warnings my doctors gave me about the consequences of too much steroid-- all I cared about at the time was getting a bit of relief to help me through my day.
Now, nearly three years later, I completely understand why my doctor was warning me and was reluctant for me to take steroids too often. Luckily, I have not suffered the severe, irreversible effects like diabetes or osteoporosis. But I know that those things are not too far off from occurring if I continue down another lengthy road of steroid-use.
It's been about a month or two now that I have been very diligent about how much steroid I take in a day, I try to only take little pieces rather than an entire pill. It's really rough, but I am determined to see if I can decrease some of the effects of it.
My doctor has also been on my case lately about how much weight I've gained and told me that can't keep happening. Does anyone else find they are in a similar situation? Has anyone suffered the effects of too much steroid, but had them decrease or even disappear completely after stopping the steroid, and if so, how long did it take? I don't seem to get any side effect from the oral steroid, currently 35mg.
I do get a chipmunk face from the IV steroid. I tend to have the 3 pulses of mg over 3days every three to four weeks but don't gain weight. Exercise, healthy eating are advisable in any case. But it is harmful to tell anybody to stop taking steroids!!! It should only be reduced, gradually tapered, under strict medical supervision. Suddenly stopping steroids is dangerous as it can lead to collapse and even death. Someone should re-work the Hobbit's title: I dodged diabetes and osteop but didn't dodge the weight gain, puffy face and associated misery.
It's more than a year since my last course and I am starting to recognise the woman in the mirror through careful eating and a little exercise. You can do it, it just takes time.
Hi, my daughter was on steroids for several years, gained about 4 stone in weight she couldnt stop eating, and now she has signs of a crumbling spine where is is taking calcium supplements, but every patient is different so you really shouldnt take other peoples experiences to heart.
Jenna I am in exactly the same situation and, not to put too fine a point on it, I hate myself. I avoid mirrors at all costs and only leave home to go to hospital appointments. Even then it's a problem because I have nothing tht fits - even shoes. I am also struggling with heart failure - to my mind a result of the enormous amount of weight put on with the steroids.
I don't know the acutal weight but I can tell you that I've gone from a size 18 which I thought was enormous and disgusting to a size 28 in the space of just over a year. I blame this weight for the strain on my heart. Much of it is fluid and I've just started to take water tablets.
I am in the process of medically reducing my steroid dose. The GP assures me that the weight will come off but I'm afraid that it's so much tht it can't possibly. Then I am going to have to diet and exercise - and I can't exercise because of the joint pain and I can completely feel for you-- in many ways, I don't like what I see in the mirror anymore-- it kind of disgusts me.
Mainly because I start thinking negatively and telling myself that I've just been being lazy, even though I know that's not true. I guess I am also afraid of what others think, especially those like my co-workers that knew me pre-steroid.
Actually I have had someone at my work make comments about my weight gain or my swollen face-- he actually said to me one time "have you been sitting around drinking lots of beer lately?
Although some of my weight gain is also from water retention due to the severe swelling I suffer from. But whatever the cause, I hate it and I hate the way I look, and I hate the way my clothing fits or a lack of anything fitting ; I don't even want to buy any new clothes anymore because it just makes me sad and upset. I haven't been able to wear a pair of jeans now for three years and have to wear "Crocs" because they're the only thing my puffy feet fit in.
I even have had to make cuts in the sides of my socks because otherwise they are too tight and cut off the circulation. But the worst part is probably the fact that I can't exercise because of being too sick, weak, and in so much pain.
I want to just get up and go like I used to, but now its a very exhausting and painful task just to get up out of bed or out of chair to take a few steps to another room.
And I also agree with you that the extra weight puts too much strain on the body, causing even more pain and exhaustion. All around, we just don't get a break, do we? I completely understand my dr tried all sorts of meds for me but steroids 90mg orally was the only thing that helped way back in I was hospitalised for 18 months as i also needed iv i went in hospital at 7 stone 7 pound and with in 2 months i was 15 stone and left hospital 17 stone 9 pounds.
I was full of stretch marks all over my stomach thigh and arms i hated the way i looked. I too felt really ugly and huge and ended up in a wheelchair with this horrendous disease. I was then put on Infliximab and managed to get down to 5 mg of steroids which i had never been that low before even at 12 i was on 60mg! Well as they were reduced i lost weight gradually but got stuck at 12 stone.
I then went to weight watchers and managed to get down to 8 stone but was left with lots of skin which is ok with clothes on but not when naked. My partner says he doesnt see it he loves me but i think what on earth is there to like! I waS so pleased and managed to stay like that for 3 years whilst that medication was working.
Infliximab stopped working and whilst funding was waited for i was put on steroids again along with loads of other meds. I again ballooned to 13 stone but again when i received humira again i lost it and got to 8 stone 8.
I vowed i would never go on steroids again but when you are in agony and you know they help it is hard to say no. Humira didnt work as well as infliximab for me so a year and a half ini took 40 mg of steroids with it. Now on 90mg again with humira and leflunomide and still in agony i am now 13 stone 8 and hate it but what can you do.
People look at me and laugh as it is a peculiar weight gain isnt it. People say you will lose weight if you eat less and exercise. Ieat like a mouse and exercise is impossible right now.
I would love nothing more to load my babies in their pram and grab my 5 year old chocolate labrador and walk for miles. But i cant even make it to the bathroom most days so exercise is a mere impossibility right now.
I am hoping when i see dr moots at this excellence centre that he will have some good treatment for me that works for me like infliximab did. I was a new woman on that!!
I just want to be able to do what most mummys do and take care of my babies that mean the world to me. Good luck with the weight it is possible to lose it after steroids with some hard work. I have put on 4 stone in weight in just over 3 years and am struggling to get rid of it. I watch what I eat but struggle to exercise due to pain and aches but over the last 3 months I have lost half a stone.
Not enough but that was a struggle. I too get very low about my weight but the meds for me work and am still on steroids. I would love to come off them but unfortunately I could'nt risk the extreme pain again! Hi, back in the 80's early 90's. I had severe problems and was put on daily oral steroids.
This started with 5 mg and after 5 years almost non stop meds and upto mg daily because back then hardly anybody had even heard of BD. And of course when you restart a course it always had to increased. Still with no diagnosis I took the decision to come off steroids completely and have never and will never take them again. My reasons being the weight gain but more importantly the great highs and lows.
I was getting very deoressed and towards the end suicidal. Eventually after 12 years I got my diagnosis and tried all kinds of med but eventually found one that worked for me I took it for 6 years and it had almost immediate effect. After 3 months no flareups at all for the whole time. Came off it due to small stomach bleed not necessarily caused by colchicine and stayed well for another 3 years but symptoms are are now coming back with vengeance.
I must say though that during the 9 years remission I had a wonder time. Got my confidence back, my figure almost, started back teaching and remarried. So we all have different journeys with this disease but we must persevere and stay strong.
Things are much better now 25 years on, quicker diagnosis, better understanding, treatment and meds and of course this site to let it all out amongst others who understand what you are going through.
Talk with your doctors, discuss other possibilities and don't be afraid to try, you will I am sure find something suitable for you. Sometimes I don't get what are listed as "common" side effects of drugs. Rather, I can get the ones listed as "rare," some of which my doctors aren't even familiar with until I point out the drug insert that the pharmacy gives out.
I used to be so lethargic when ill with my Behcet's, rarely even getting out of bed. But prednisone usually starting at mg and tapering down would give me tons of energy, almost a "high" where I couldn't seem to stop talking and doing things.
I also got insomnia, could hardly sleep, and did lots of vigorous chores and errands. So I actually lost weight while on prednisone because I was going like a manic.