Thursday, July 21, 2016
Is it safe to take cortisone?
A woman wrote in about her boyfriend who has just been diagnosed with Addison's Disease, "I have read many online materials saying people with the condition can live normally with help of medication. But he doesn't wanna take any hormone pills because he thinks steroids are not good and that treatments are not gonna help ."
Yes, people with Addison's Disease can live a fairly normal life if they take medication. It is like being a diabetic. I wouldn't say a diabetic lives a "normal" life, but people who have health problems can live a good life if they are careful about exercise, diet, rest, and stress.
Taking steroids are not a good idea for most people and neither is taking insulin or any other unnecessary hormone or drug. If your body is producing insulin, then taking additional insulin in pill or shot form will give you an over dose. The same with steroids. The adrenal glands produce cortisone, a steroid which we all need to regulate our body's metabolism. If your pancreas does does not produce enough insulin to control the sugar levels in our blood, then people are given insulin to replace that they should be producing. It is not an over dose. If your adrenal glands do not produce cortisone, then you need to take replacement cortisone.
Replacement cortisone is identical to the cortisone your body should be producing. Taken in the right amount, it will merely give you the amount of cortisone your body needs to maintain good health. Cortisone is essential for life. Without cortisone, you can not metabolize food. Cortisone is not optional. I came close to dying when my adrenal glands quit producing cortisone, It was very scary and very miserable! When I began taking cortisone in the form of hydrocortisone, I immediately began feeling better.
One thing you need to be aware of -- when you don't produce enough cortisone, you can become very depressed. Your body is not getting the nutrition that it needs and consequently it does not work very well.
Blood tests can show how much cortisone your adrenal are making. In my case I got to the "no detectable level of cortisone". It takes careful monitoring to make sure you do not take more than your body needs.
If a person adrenal glands are still producing some cortisone, their adrenal glands may be able to heal if their stresses can be removed. See my articles on adrenal recovery.
see my articles on monitoring medication