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PE and Corticosteroid Use (Prednisone)

Hey guys!

Just wanted to know if anyone here has any medical conditions that force them to use steroids over long periods of time? I was just curious to see if it hindered anyone’s ability to gain. I have Ulcerative Colitis and am forced to take steroids for months at a time. Thanks!


Last edited by sta-kool : 01-27-2012 at .

You might be best to specify the type of steroid you’re taking. I’m guessing that you’re on some sort of corticosteroid like Prednisolone. Most people would see “steroids” and think anabolic steroids. The 2 definitely don’t work the same, so it’s best to get the most relevant information.

You’re totally right! I’m taking Prednisone! Thanks midthigh


BPEL - 5 5/8" --- Goal 6"

MSEG - 4.5 " ---- Goal 4.75 "

No problem. Sorry to hear about your issues. From what I understand, Prednisone can take a pretty heavy toll on your body.

I’ve not got any experience with it, and especially none while doing PE. My guess is that your gains will be slightly hindered while on and for a short while after stopping a round. I certainly could be wrong though. I do know that many of the folks that I know who have been or are on Prednisone tend to swell quite a bit from the excess fluid. You never know, that extra swelling could cause your little man to swell as well :-)

Hopefully someone with some first hand experience will jump in.

Best of luck.

Yeah, it can be pretty rough, but I try to take supplements that help offset some of the nutrient deficiencies that can arise from taking it(Calcium, B Vitamins etc). And you’re right, maybe a little bit of extra fluid could never hurt ;]


BPEL - 5 5/8" --- Goal 6"

MSEG - 4.5 " ---- Goal 4.75 "

I can’t address the gains issue, but I did want to give you a head’s up on the possible side effects.

I was on a fairly high dose of it for almost a year. It saved my life, but it completely changed my personality.

I became angry, dictatorial, vicious and extremely mean, paranoid, and suicidal. I am surprised my marriage survived it. My wife knew it was the medication, but at other times she believed that maybe no, that is who I really was.

Prednisone is a life saver. My doc told me later he though I was going to die when I first saw him. It is also real bad MOJO, as a doctor friend told me.

So please watch out for those things. You may not have those side effects, you might have others. Or maybe you will have none. A lot depends on the dose you are taking

Here is the absolutely best thing I have read about prednisone and side effects. It is written for families of patients who are on it so that they know what to expect.

Prednisone
The good, the bad, and the ugly: a guide to side effects

by the Childrenís Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

ON EDIT - shit the PDF is too big to attach. I am going to copy and paste it.

Oh wow, yeah, I can be quite the jerk when I’m taking it, but wasn’t aware it could be so serious. I will definitely take a look at that article. Thanks for the info


BPEL - 5 5/8" --- Goal 6"

MSEG - 4.5 " ---- Goal 4.75 "

I just googled it and found it! You do not have to worry about trying to copy and paste the pdf, unless you want it to be available for anyone else who has a question about it


BPEL - 5 5/8" --- Goal 6"

MSEG - 4.5 " ---- Goal 4.75 "

Prednisone
The good, the bad, and the ugly — guide to side effects

What is prednisone?
Prednisone (PRED-ni-sone) is used to treat or prevent graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) in bone marrow, cord blood and peripheral blood stem cell transplant patients. It has strong healing effects and is used to treat many other conditions. Your doctors will decide how much prednisone you take and how often, based on many important factors.

Prednisone can be life saving, but has some common, unpleasant side effects to your body and mind (emotions).

This information covers some of the physical and emotional side effects you may have while taking prednisone.

What will the side effects be like?

The side effects of prednisone vary from person to person. The longer you are taking prednisone, the more often you take prednisone and the bigger the dose effects which side effects you may or may not have. Please talk to your doctor if you have questions. Your doctor will also be watching you carefully for side effects.

When will it get better?

Remember most side effects of prednisone will decrease as you take less or taper off and stop taking the medicine. Some of the side effects of prednisone may not happen at all if you take it every other day instead of every day. Your doctor will make the complicated decision about how much you need. It is very important to follow your doctorís instructions when you take your prednisone.

You should never stop taking prednisone suddenly as this can harm your body. Prednisone must be reduced (tapered) slowly, so that your body can gradually take over making it on itís own again.

Please talk with the transplant team about how to handle any of the physical or emotional side effects you may have.

Physical side effects of taking prednisone can include:
• More risk for infection
• High blood pressure
• Increases in blood sugar
• Keeping too much fluid and salt in your body • Increased hunger and weight gain
• Muscle pain and weakness
• Rounding or filling out of the face
• Bone thinning
• Upset stomach
• Skin changes; color, thinning, acne
• Slower growth and delayed puberty
• Cataracts

<Section here going more into detail on the possible physically side effects. Your doc has probably gone over all those, so I cut those out>

Emotional side effects of taking prednisone can include:

• Trouble with sleeping
• Mood swings
• Confusion
• Anxiety/panic
• Euphoria
(great happiness)
• Depression/withdrawal

Trouble with sleeping
You may have problems sleeping while taking prednisone. It can make you feel ìwiredî like you drank too much caffeine. You might find it hard to sleep at night or wake up several times in the night. Sometimes changing the times you take your prednisone can help; always talk with your nurse or doctor before making any changes to your medicines. Rest is important. Even just relaxing with soft music and being still and quiet, even if not sleeping, can help with being tired. Your doctor may also give you medicine to help you sleep.

Mood swings
Mood swings can be sudden and extreme! You may feel very happy one minute, and very sad the next and not know why. You may become angry and feel frustrated more easily than before. It is important to talk about your feelings with someone you trust and feel comfortable with. Remember that many people who take prednisone feel like this.

Confusion
You may feel unable to pay attention. This can affect reading and schoolwork, or even just talking and answering questions. You may feel mixed up or confused about things. Having a regular daily routine and writing down the things you need to do and remember can be very helpful.

Anxiety/Panic
Signs of anxiety include restlessness, a lot of worrying about things that probably will not happen, and not being able to pay attention or remain focused on a task. Sometimes the stress can get extreme and lead to panic attacks.

Panic attacks are short times of intense fear and anxiety, which often include quick heartbeats, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness or stomach problems.
Please talk with your doctor if you are having any of these signs.

Some things that may help lower your stress are:
• Getting enough rest (at least 8 hours a day) • Meditation (sitting quietly with your
thoughts)
• Talking about your feelings with someone you trust
• Listening to gentle music • Reading
• Massage
• Taking a warm bath
• Going for walks
• Regular exercise that you are used to doing

Euphoria (You-for-ee-a)

Euphoria is a feeling of great happiness and excitement (like how you might feel if you won the lottery). Some people have euphoria one minute then feelings of sadness the next minute.
This feeling may affect sleep and the ability to rest well. It is important not to get too tired, take breaks and rest often, and pay attention to what you are feeling from day to day. Keeping a journal, and reading back over good and bad days may help. If you are feeling so euphoric that you are unable to rest well, please talk with your doctor or nurse.

Depression/Withdrawal

Dealing with a serious illness causes a roller coaster of feelings. You may have feelings of helplessness and sadness during transplant and so can the people who care for you. Depression can make you feel empty, hopeless, negative, or restless. You may lose interest in hobbies or interests, feel unable to focus or concentrate, have trouble sleeping, or sleep much more than usual, lose your appetite or overeat.

Prednisone can also cause signs of depression. Talking about your feelings with someone who listens (parents, friends, child life, social worker, nurse, doctor, volunteer, psychologist), or sharing your experiences with someone who has also been through transplant can really help.

If you are having these feelings, or thoughts about hurting yourself please talk with your nurse or doctor at once. It is important to get professional help when needed. Counseling and/or medicine may help manage your depression.


Last edited by sta-kool : 01-27-2012 at .

Originally Posted by UCRugger
I just googled it and found it! You do not have to worry about trying to copy and paste the pdf, unless you want it to be available for anyone else who has a question about it

I found a couple of things with similar titles, but didn’t find the actual PDF I was looking for.

Sounds like you have taken it before, so you may tolerate it pretty well. My dosage was very high. Funny thing was every time we did a dose reduction I would get WORSE for several weeks and act even more horribly. But the lower we got it, the more I was like normal.

Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Originally Posted by midthigh
My guess is that your gains will be slightly hindered while on and for a short while after stopping a round. I certainly could be wrong though. I do know that many of the folks that I know who have been or are on Prednisone tend to swell quite a bit from the excess fluid. You never know, that extra swelling could cause your little man to swell as well :-

midthigh, I think you are right about gains being hindered. I wasn’t PE’ing then, so I don’t know for sure. It wasn’t conducive to anything sexual though as far as I can remember. I can say that my body became bloated and I gained a lot of fat. But my penis never got bloated.


Last edited by sta-kool : 01-27-2012 at .

I am currently going through horrible side effects from Prednisone. The anxiety, shaking, depression, racing heart among other things. I won’t talk for others but I will certainly never take it again. I am just not me.


"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

nowhereman, hang in there - remember it is the drug, not you.

In spite of the sides, I would take it again if I had to. (and it is pretty likely that I will have to at some point, but at a much lower dosage). It is a miracle worker in terms of treating what it treats. And there isn’t really alternative, I am not kidding when I say I would have died without it.

I’m glad to know there are other people here who have some great advice and have shared similar experiences that can be shared. It’s definitely an inspiration to keep working and get better.


BPEL - 5 5/8" --- Goal 6"

MSEG - 4.5 " ---- Goal 4.75 "

And I will definitely keep everyone updated! Thanks guys!


BPEL - 5 5/8" --- Goal 6"

MSEG - 4.5 " ---- Goal 4.75 "

Originally Posted by sta-kool
nowhereman, hang in there - remember it is the drug, not you.

In spite of the sides, I would take it again if I had to. (and it is pretty likely that I will have to at some point, but at a much lower dosage). It is a miracle worker in terms of treating what it treats. And there isn’t really alternative, I am not kidding when I say I would have died without it.

sta-kool, could you share with us the reason you took prednisone ? I’m curious about it.


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