Corticosteroids: IMHO are the fucking devil. But according to MedlinePlus —
You may have heard of anabolic steroids, which can have harmful effects. But there’s another type of steroid – sometimes called a corticosteroid – that treats a variety of problems. These steroids are similar to hormones that your adrenal glands make to fight stress associated with illnesses and injuries. They reduce inflammation and affect the immune system.
You may need to take corticosteroids to treat
- Autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis
- Skin conditions such as eczema and rashes
- Some kinds of cancer
Steroids are strong medicines, and they can have side effects, including weakened bones and cataracts. Because of this, you usually take them for as short a time as possible.
That definition barely scratches the surface. Most people who have autoimmune disease are put on steroids at some point. The side effects are awful and the above definition doesn’t do them justice. Think of the Hulk, if he was weakened from fatigue, doughy from weight gain, and probably cried all the time from the mood swings. No SMASH, more EAT!!
I was on high dose steroids for over a year. I even had steroids injected into both of my eyes. It sucked. I gained 60lbs, I now have cataracts in both eyes, my stomach lining is permanently irritated and I will forever have nasty reflux. Not sure about my bone density. I will do everything in my power to stay off of these meds.
They taste awful too.