You learn something new everyday (at least I try), and you never know where that jewel of information may come from.
Most often, it's from the least expected place.
Selling jewelry at pink pint night Tues., I was chatting with Faith, a friend and founder of The Monadnock Women's Network (MOWO), a non-profit organization created to empower women in achieving their goals by partnering with other members of the local business community and non-profit organizations.
FYI- I love this foundation. Take the time to check it out: http://www.monadnockwomen.com/
We were talking when she said, "Can I ask you a personal question?"
"Of course," I thought, "That's what I'm all about."
Then, to my surprise, she asked if I was taking prednisone.
|This has been me when spending the night|
at a friend's home.
"Yes!" I wanted to scream. She could tell. She knew my face was swollen and my hairy jaw was a side effect!
I was so relieved that she could identify that I was a steroid induced crazy woman, not my normal self.
Faith then proceeded to explain to me that L-glutamine helps stimulate adrenal function and that with a prednisone taper an L-glutamine supplement should be increased.
Whoa, what a Godsend of information. I've been taking steroids since Dec. 2009.
My hope of getting off was squashed when my adrenal glands failed to function, giving me Addison's disease, when I'd gotten to taking only 5mg.
That diagnosis sent me straight back to 20mg a day.
My illness last week had my team clamoring to jump me back up to 17mg, but I'm on 15mg now.
Steroids are a double edged sword. They make you feel better. They give you energy by stimulating your adrenals giving you the constant "fight or flight" feeling.
It is great to be energized and productive.
However, it causes muscle wasting, severe weight gain (50lbs. and counting), osteoporosis, and as a personal side effect for me, the return of shortness of breath with an increase dose.
The last symptom is counterintuitive. I think this happens because my lungs have received all the possible benefit from steroids and I now use exercise to maintain their function. The steroids causing muscle wasting affects how my body is using the oxygen, making me short of breath, theoretically.
Are we all following? It's ok if you're not.
Sometimes, I can't follow myself. That's the prednisone too.
At least now, there's the possibility of help. Wish I'd hear of this before. I'll do my research, but today, I'm off to treatment.
It's fight time.