Thanks for you info on LDN. When you look at steroid therapy and immunosuppressants, some of the long term damage can be really bad. I've been told that once they get rid of my supposedly latent TB infection (I think I have some extrapulmonary, had pulmonary at one time), that I will likely need steroids for the rest of my life because my whole endocrine system is damaged from whatever disease I had, they are thinking misdiagnosed TB that I fought off after the damage. Just getting rid of this supposedly harmless "latent" infection improving my health tremendously as my immune system doesn't have to focus so much on it. But I have seen family members on steroids spiral down and my health got worse on them because I just couldn't fight disease and I started getting all the sideffects. So now I look at anything before going back on steroids. I have ALOT of chronic pain due to neck surgery and am scared because of a bad liver I can't take antiinflammatories, so I may not even be a candidate. But if I could tough it out for a while, it might be worth a try before surrendering. My adrenals and the rest are not so bad that I couldn't live without the steroids. So before things get worse, it may be worth a try. How many weeks does it take to tell any difference, is it right away?
Thanks for your info. To me, steroid supplementation seems the last resort because then the glands will die. I definitely urge anyone who hasn't had one in a while to talk to their doc about
getting a tb test and possibly seeking treatment. It really did a number on me having it for over twenty years. My poor son has troubles and it was detected during a prenatal exam. I was sick with it during my pregnancy, though I was never tested for tb and they just gave me really strong antibiotics.
My immune system and endocrine has been a mess ever since.
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn