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Corticosteroid

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by paolo, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. paolo

    paolo

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    Hi,

    does someone use corticosteroids?

    My physcian has precribed me Deflazacort, a corticosteroid. He claimed some case of succes with this drug.
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    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    You had cortisol levels tested?
  3. paolo

    paolo

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    My cortisol level is normal.
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    While it may be helpful to replace cortisol if levels are low by using physiological amounts of steroids, it is hardly ever helpful long term to use pharmacological dosing of steroids. They may reduce symptoms in the short term due to their anti-inflammatory action but high doses can cause immune suppression and a host of undesirable side effects over time.

    I would not consider high dose steroids as a good treatment option for ME/CFS. I do think that replacing cortisol in those that have tested low can help increase functioning.
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    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    If its a morning blood test they say it needs to be in the upper third of the range to be optimal.
    Many suggest doing a 4 x a day saliva test to get a better picture of whats going on.
    An alternative to hydrocortisone is pregnenolone.
    Have u also had dhea tested?
  6. paolo

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    I haven't had my dhea tested.

    My urinary cortisol level is above the upper limit, while the morning blood test is normal.

    My physician, one of the most famous here in Italy, said he has obtained some permanent succes with a particoular kind of corticosteroid, deflazacort (brand name: Flantadin).

    I've known a patient who has permanently recovered from CFS after some months with this drug; but she has been ill for only two years, and who knows what kind of illness she had...
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    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    @paolo deflazacort after a quick google seems to be a prodrug which is metabolized into cortisol. 70-90% potency of prednisone. I wouldn't think that it wouldnt have any special effects over prednisone or hydrocortisone.

    I don't think it would be a cure all but I guess with the person that was cured maybe this helped raise a low cortisol level so there immune system could function properly and the thing on their side was short two yrs with cfs.

    Maybe this shows with the correct treatment early in the disease less then three to five years than chances of recovery or remission are greatly improved versus a cfser greater than five yrs duration. Treatment though is an individualized thing which depends on abnormalities found in tests etc.

    Cheers!?
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