Steroids…You can’t live with them….You can’t live without them.
I am on daily steroid therapy for the rest of my life for Addison’s Disease. I was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease (secondary adrenal insufficiency) and hypo-pituitary in 2001, and still struggle with the changing needs of my body’s need for medication. A short explanation: My pituitary gland, doesn’t produce the hormones needed for the body to function properly. The most important hormone is ACTH, which stimulates the adrenals to produce cortisol, which is essential for life.
Helping your body cope with the absence of cortisol can only be accomplished by trying to mimic the missing hormone. That means steroids. The medication used most often is Cortef, which I take daily.
The side effects of taking steroids are extensive, and you need to monitored by your physician on a regular basis. Without a correct diagnosis and proper medications, adrenal disease could be fatal. Luckily I was diagnosed early and started on meds promptly.
Ahhhh…steroids. They make you hungry, they cause insomnia, osteoporosis, muscle weakness blah blah blah and they make you fat!
Can’t live with ’em…can’t live without ’em