Like many other people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), steroids have played a role in my treatment regimen. When I was 12 years old, I had a bad flare that affected my lungs and heart. IV steroids saved my life. All these years later, steroids are still helping me, but now it is through occasional steroid injections when my body needs some extra help.
What are steroids?
Steroids (or corticosteroids) are drugs that resemble the hormone cortisol, which your body produces naturally in your adrenal glands. Steroids decrease inflammation and suppress the immune system. Examples of steroid medication include cortisone, prednisone, and methylprednisolone. They are not the same as anabolic steroids, which are sometimes used illegally in sports.
Steroids can be a valuable tool to prevent progression of diseases that involve inflammation, including for instance vasculitis and myositis, and inflammatory arthritis. When someone experiences inflammation in the kidneys, steroi...
The importance of having a good relationship with your health care providers cannot be emphasized enough. This truth was reinforced through a recent interaction I had with my neurologist’s office before I left on vacation a couple of weeks ago.
The experience causes me to ask - If you call your neurologist’s office with a request that seems a bit unusual, what kind of response do you expect?
During the past month, I have been traveling . First it was a few days downtown in Washington, DC. Then two short trips to Chicago and New York City. Followed by last minute travel to Oklahoma to attend a family funeral (and spend a couple of days with the fabulous nephews). And finally, a really BIG trip to Washington State, Alaska, and Canada.
As mentioned in a previous post, my MS was threatening to get a little noisy a couple of weeks ago . Symptoms were beginning to boil, just under the surface, and I was waiting to see which way the...
Generic Name: DIPHENHYDRAMINE - ORAL Pronounced: (dye-fen-HI-druh-meen) Silphen Cough Oral Uses
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used to relieve
symptoms of allergy, hay fever and the common cold. These symptoms include
rash, itching, watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, cough, runny nose and
sneezing. It is also used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness
caused by motion sickness. Diphenhydramine can also be used to help you relax
and fall asleep.
This medication works by blocking a certain natural
substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Its
drying effects on such symptoms as watery eyes and runny nose are caused by
blocking another natural substance made by your body
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unles...
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