Four new little white pills have been added to my morning diet – Prednisolone.
Prednisolone is used to reduce inflammation in the body. Because I had an MRI on my feet, due to the incredible pains I have in my feet – does anyone else have this? – and it showed some inflammation, my doctor decided to prescribe this for me for a week. Basically, it’s a test. Whatever happens I won’t be staying on it, as it can cause huge weight gain and I already have too much of this problem. So, if it works to help reduce pain, my doctor will be trying to find another, similar agent to do the same thing. If it doesn’t work, then it’s on to the next strategy.
Prednisolene is a glucocorticoid, sometimes known as a steroid or corticosteroid. It is used to treat many illnesses, including serious illness, involving inflammation in the body, and to stop reactions known as autoimmune reactions which occur when the body’s immune system attacks the body itself and causes damage. It stops the body from producing a substance that causes tenderness, swelling and irritation. Ooh – sounds good!
In general this drug is used for allergies including severe allergic reactions, inflammation affecting the lungs (including asthma), blood vessels, heart, bowel, kidneys, muscles and joints (including rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever and systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE), eye, ear or nervous system.
They should not be confused with male or female steroid hormones, which are known for their misuse among athletes. So I will not be displaying giant biceps anytime soon.
After some internet research, I discovered one study that showed that Prednisone was found to produce no significant benefits when given to fibromyalgia patients. Bum! But I’ll still try it for the week!
But then, a Californian doctor had claimed that fibromyalgia can be treated by boosting stress hormone cortisol with low doses of hydrocortisone (Predinisone is about 4 times stronger than hydrocortisone). According to Dr Kent Holtorf, the treatment offers great health benefits with less risk, compared to other treatments for the condition.
Dr Holtorf believes that patients with fibromyalgia have low levels of steroid hormone cortisol, due to dysfunction in a brain system that regulates response to stress, known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Of 500 consecutive patients treated with the steroid at his clinic, Holtorf says 94% showed some improvement and 62% showed substantial improvement by the fourth visit.
William C. Reeves, director of the chronic viral diseases branch of the CDC, believes that most patients with fibromyalgia could benefit from taking low-dose hydrocortisone, but he says the treatment is not without risks. Some patients have experienced side effects especially those administered with higher steroid doses.
Anyone any clearer on whether this is going to help or not?