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Losing weight while taking cortisone

Postby kazfromtas » Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:40 am

Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum and was wondering if anyone else is currently taking cortisone (prednisolone) or similar? I have an auto-immune disease, part of which causes severe arthritis in every joint. I was diagnosed 10 years ago at the age of 28. Over the years I have taken many different meds, but my specialist keeps coming backc to cortisone. Unfortunately every time I go on it I gain a lot of weight.
To compound this I had a baby (2 years ago) and am struggling with that excess weight as well.
All up I need/want to lose about 35 kilos, but am struggling with motivation as I am finding it very difficult.
Apart from the medication, I have limited options for exercise (walking and swimming).
If anyone has any similar problems I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give.
Many thanks,
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:41 am

hey kaz sorry i cant answer this for you! we do have a doctor in training on the forum so maybe she can guide you a bit. but welcome to the group. it sucks when medications hinder what we want to achieve.
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Postby Cass101 » Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:24 pm

Thats the reason I put on weight! I too have auto immune disease (chronic eczema) and constantly go on and off it like a yo yo. How many mg are you having a day? I have started dieting nearly a week ago now and have lost a bit (see my post tomorrow for official weigh in). I'm taking 100mg at moment. about to work down down down and off again!

If you need any support let me know. The signals that your body gives you telling you to eat are hard to ignore but I've been managing and just sticking to a strict diet of 5000kj and not letting myself go over. I have assumed that any hunger signs are just the steroids talking and that I'm not really hungry.

Good luck sorry for the rant!
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Postby kazfromtas » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:13 pm

Thanks so much for the reply's.
Hi Cass, we are both starting at about the same weight (I'm 98 kilos) and would love to get to around 60 kgs.
At the moment I'm taking around 100mgs, but am also on about 5 other meds, which also have a lot of side effects.
I have just bought a Weight Watchers at home program, so hopefully it will give me a bit of structure to follow. My hubby is very supportive, which is great, but chasing after a toddler and finding time to try and exercise is really hard.
Well done on your weight loss so far :D
It's really inspring to me and I'm sure to others.
I would love to keep in touch with you and hopefully give each other some support.
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Postby Cass101 » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:44 pm

Well I'll be around for a while to support you. I had a thought while i was on my walk today, like me you probably also find it hard to exercise. I find it hard because as soon as I heat up my eczema breaks out. sweat does it too. I figure for you the pain would be a barrier. Maybe for you swimming would be good (not good for me cause it drys my skin). What state are you in?
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Postby kazfromtas » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:51 pm

I'm in Tasmania. My knees, hips and back are pretty much shot (my last scan my joints were similar to that of an 80 year old!)
Swimming is good, but we don't have an indoor pool where I live, and by the time I factor in driving to the nearest one, it gets quite expensive.
I have a walking machine, which I'm going to try and use nearly every day, starting off slowly.
I lost over 20 kilos on my own about 5 years ago, but that was before my daughter, and my time was my own :)
I know that it's going to be hard, but it's something I have to do. The extra weight is impacting on my health, and I hate the way that I look. I also don't want my daughter to grow up with a Mum that can't take her for walks, or to the park.
Anyway, that's enough self pity for one day :oops:
I look forward to hearing about your progress.
Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow.
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