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My friends say that HGH is a lot better than taking steroids. Is this true?

My friends say that HGH is a lot better than taking steroids. Is this true?

No: They are all toxic and harmful. Plus you'll be obtaining them illegally and you won't have any way of knowing what's in them, what you're putting in your body, and how it could harm you. Also, there's no beneficial effect of taking them in the first place. Don't do stupid things to your body, it's the only one you'll ever have. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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A dr said that steroid inj into hip jt crystallizes over time is this true and is this characteristic of all steroid injections?

A dr said that steroid inj into hip jt crystallizes over time is this true and is this characteristic of all steroid injections?

Yes but rare: The socalled “cortisone flare” reaction has been reported to occur in approximately two percent of patients. This occurs when the injected cortisone crystallizes and causes pain worse than before the shot. Fortunately, these “flares” usually do not last long and resolve with icing after 12 to 48 hours. ...Read more

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I gained quite a bit of weight after long-term steroid therapy, then told i won't be able to lose it. Is that true? I've tried everything!

I gained quite a bit of weight after long-term steroid therapy, then told i won't be able to lose it. Is that true? I've tried everything!

Not true: You can lose it but it will take disciple and motivation. Do low impact aerobics if possible. Dieting is essential. Minimize carbs (no bread, pasta, cheese, sodas of any kind, cheese, sweets), control portion size. No snacking or fast foods. ...Read more

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Frequent and long duration usage of steroid creams will lead to addict(depend) the skin to that cream? if so what is the duration steroids can be used?

Frequent and long duration usage of steroid creams will lead to addict(depend) the skin to that cream? if so what is the duration steroids can be used?

Short times. : The skin will be come thin, shiny and frequently have little arteries showing in the skin Can take a long time to recover especially on the face. Should not use longer than a week to 19 days. follow prescriber instructions. ...Read more

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Is it true that hCG pregnyl is a steroid that helps build muscle?

Is it true that hCG pregnyl is a steroid that helps build muscle?

Yes but no: Hcg is human chorionic gonadotropin, the 'pregnancy hormone' in women. Pregnyl is a trade name brand of hcg. Technically, 'no, ' it is not a steroid it is a peptide hormone, a glycoprotein. It is not approved, black market, and potentially dangerous to use for muscle building: you decide. ...Read more

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I have heard that many vitamins on sale usually contain some contamination like steroids & other stuff, is this true ?

I have heard that many vitamins on sale usually contain some contamination like steroids & other stuff, is this true ?

Depends: I think centrum contains nickel and tin as part of the processing. Vitamins do not have to be on sale to contain bad stuff. Got to know the company and see the manufacturing data sheet to really know. Independent testing is also helpful. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat/ reduce pain? I heard injection of steroids into the spine will help with back pain. True? What else?

What can be done to treat/ reduce pain? I heard injection of steroids into the spine will help with back pain. True? What else?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the spine (mid back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Is it true that the medicine albuterol, used for treatment of asthma, contain steroids?

Is it true that the medicine albuterol, used for treatment of asthma, contain steroids?

No: Albuterol is a bronchodilator and not a steroid. It dilates bronchi (airways). Albuterol is typically used as needed for immediate relief of asthma symptoms. Group of inhalers which contain steroid are used as "controller medication" . Goal of controller medications is to reduce frequency of asthma symptoms, decrease flare ups and improve overall quality of life. ...Read more

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Is that true that steroid cream can cause skin discoloration?

Is that true that steroid cream can cause skin discoloration?

Steroid cream: Using strong steroid creams for prolonged periods of time can cause skin lightening ...Read more

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A woman I live with was told that after 24hrs of steroids that her daughter's RSV would no longer be contagious to my son. Is this true?

Not really: RSV is the common cold virus and is responsible for 60+% of respiratory illness in season. Essentially all of those in direct contact with an RSV case are likely carriers, symptomatic or not.Rsv will shed the most for the 1st wk after symptoms start, steroids or not, and less so for an extended period.In season almost half the population can/will be a carrier anyway. ...Read more

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Is it true that adrenal insufficiency deplete steroids in the human body?

Is it true that adrenal insufficiency deplete steroids in the human body?

Sort of: Adrenal insufficiency is when the adrenals fail to make cortisol, a steroid hormone which is necessary to maintain life. Your body can still make other steroid hormones like testosterone and estrogen. ...Read more

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I was told 1 epidural steroid injection can last a lifetime? True? Another doc told me 2 months.

I was told 1 epidural steroid injection can last a lifetime? True? Another doc told me 2 months.

No injection lasts a: Lifetime. Epidural steroid injections can reduce or eliminate inflammatory reaction that is the source of the pain which may or may not recur depending on the initial cause or etiology. For example, most herniated discs get better, so after the injection, your body is healing while the steroid is controlling the inflammation. It is a matter of timing ...Read more

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My skin is addicted to steroid cream all over my body and when i don't use it my skin becomes sore what can I do? I don' want to use it anymore

Better moisturizer: I am so sorry to hear this. It sounds like you need to work closely with your dermatologist to find a better topical regimen. In the meantime, adding a "physiologic" moisturizer - one that actually replenishes deficiencies that can occur with long time inflammation- will help. Look for ingredients that include "ceramides". Some options include cerave, cetaphil daily advance ultra hydrating. ...Read more

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Is taking protein supplement like whey and creatine harmful for health some says they have steroids in it is it true?

Is taking protein supplement like whey and creatine harmful for health some says they have steroids in it is it true?

Don't have steroids: Whey is protein extracted from milk. Creatine is not a protein but part of the energy pathways. Neither have steroids. In large quantities both could be bad for the kidneys and should be avoided in kidney disease. It's hard to tell the quality of these products since they're not regulated. Some might have contaminants like heavy metals. Best to stick with a healthy balanced diet. ...Read more

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Dose creatine really work on increaseing strength and muscle mass and what dose if true I don't want to take steroids I may take pro hormones?

Dose creatine  really work on increaseing strength and muscle mass and what dose if true I don't want to take steroids I may take pro hormones?

Increase strength: Many professional athletes take meds to improve strength etc. only to be found out and suspended, Don't follow that path. 1: Please set up an appointment with an athletic trainer. 2: Please see a dietitian. That combination, if used properly, will take you where you want to be. May take a few months but you will still have many years ahead of you. "Go Man U" ...Read more