Nutrition: Steroids and weight gain

Nutrition: Steroids and weight gain

Surgery to remove the testicles (orchidectomy) can’t be reversed, so the side effects are permanent. But there are treatments that can help reduce or manage some of the side effects. If testosterone is taken away or blocked by hormone therapy, prostate cancer cells will usually shrink, wherever they are in the body. But reducing or blocking testosterone can cause other things to change in your body too.

The condition is usually treated with daily hormone-replacement tablets, called levothyroxine. The NHS have guidelines on how to read food nutrition labels. Compare this with patients taking oral steroids (e.g., low dose prednisolone, 5-10 mg per day), for rheumatoid arthritis.

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I had these lumps in my temple, and then all of a sudden I couldn’t open my jaw. I had been to a GP surgery three days before because I was having these real bad pains in my head. I was given a date for an ultrasound scan to try to get to the bottom of what was going on, but this appointment was not for another eight weeks. I will always be incredibly grateful to the doctor I saw one night at accident and emergency who spotted the symptoms of giant cell arteritis and possibly saved my sight.

  • Less commonly, GCA can affect other large blood vessels that could lead to pain when using the arm muscles or in the calves when walking.
  • During the same consultation her family doctor renewed her prescription for her blood pressure-lowering pill Bendroflumethiazide.
  • Instructions to prepare for your colonoscopy, including medicines, diet and bowel preparation from 4 days before your appointment.

Some people ask whether they should follow a certain diet when they have been diagnosed with cancer. It’s particularly important to drink plenty if you are losing extra water from your body. For example, if you have symptoms of lymphoma such as sweating, or side effects of treatment, such as sickness (vomiting).

What are the side effects of steroids?

It can also be prescribed if other treatments haven’t worked. If you’re on steroid treatment, you should always carry a steroid card that says what dose you’re on. To treat GCA, you’ll usually be given between 40 mg and 60 mg of steroid tablets every day to begin with. Biopsies are carried out by a surgical doctor, but it’s a test and not a treatment.

It uses a flexible tube called an endoscope down your food pipe (oesophagus) into your stomach and the first part of your small intestine. Our discharge medicines service is a free service when you leave hospital. They talk to you about your medicines and help you to feel confident about taking them at home.

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Occasionally, antibiotics or corticosteroids may be used if you develop complications of glandular fever. While the symptoms of glandular fever can be very unpleasant, most of them should pass within two to three weeks. She says that being extra careful about what you eat during your steroid course will help prevent you from eating more than usual.

If you’re starting hormone therapy very soon after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, you might still feel upset, shocked, frightened or angry about having cancer. If you already have heart problems or diabetes, talk to your doctor before you start hormone therapy. Bisphosphonates are drugs that can be used to treat osteoporosis caused by hormone therapy.

Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

Your consultant can advise you on whether to avoid particular foods and drinks based on your specific treatment. Some people choose to eat an organic diet because they are concerned about traces of chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides left in food. These levels are closely monitored and reviewed with the aim of keeping them well below the level considered to be safe.

Weight gain

If your appetite is poor, they may also recommend you use nutritional supplement drinks for a while. You may be at risk of malnutrition, which can weaken your breathing muscles and make you more likely to get chest infections. If you do get a stitch, lean forward slightly and push into the abdomen on the right side, up under the rib cage, and forcefully exhale a deep breath at the same time.

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