Below is a list of common side effects associated with daily dose of >7.5mg Prednisolone. Although they are common many people do not experience any of the side effects
- trouble sleeping (insomnia),
- menstrual period changes,
- increased sweating,
- acne, and
- weight gain
I have been on prednisolone for over 5 years at 25mg increasing to 50mg in the last year. My current daily dose is 45mg.
The side effects I personally experience:
increased sweating – my very first vlog (Facebook page) demonstrated me have the steroids sweat.
Nervousness – My ability to feel in control at work has changed, I feel myself thinking twice or more about things which previously would not have taken much organising or thought in the past.
Headaches – not to the extent of my episode last month. But I do experience regular headaches which may last hours or a full day.
weight gain – my waist has increased by six inches in the last two years.
Insomnia – my sleep patterns are generally three to four days a week.
Heartburn – linked with G.E.R.D, if I am hungry I can experience very uncomfortable heart burns and burping episodes.
For those who are on our Facebook page you will know that I was at St Marys Hospital yesterday to have an MRI scan of my spine.
The arrows indicate the L3-L5 vertebra in my spine with the absence of the disc and three bulges.
This may be linked to steroid‐induced osteoporosis:
Steroid therapy affects particularly the axial skeleton and the proximal femur. The earliest changes of steroid‐induced bone loss can be detected in the lumbar spine.
During long‐term (>3 month) use of steroids (>7.5 mg prednisolone) bone loss occurs in 50% of patients, osteoporotic fractures in 25% of patients and osteoporosis in some patients
Thankfully treatments can be put in place to reduce or in some cases even reverse the deterioration of the bone.
This is a short blog just to highlight a specific issue effecting me, but I know of many that are effected with similar issues.
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Until next week!
Take a breathe,