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Why do steroids help no matter what problem I have?

Why do steroids help no matter what problem I have?

Reduced inflammation: Corticosteroids, like cortisone, bind to the steroid receptor inside the cells. This causes the activated steroid receptor to block the formation of chemicals that promote inflammatory immune system reactions. Therefore, steroids help with the inflammatory reaction in any disease process that includes inflammation. This can range from rheumatoid arthritis, to asthma, to sunburn. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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If I use a light steroid for 1 month is it going to be a big problem?

Depends: Low strength topical steroids can be used for a few weeks without too many side effects. Prolonged use can lead to irreversible changes. Use for shortest possible time to minimize risks ...Read more

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What sort of problem is anabolic steroid usage?

What sort of problem is anabolic steroid usage?

Anabolic steroids: First of all, it is now a significant legal problem. It is against the law. There are also health risks with serious adverse effects on mental function (a tendency towards anger or rage or aggression) and on the liver. Anabolic steroids are not a good idea unless you have a bone marrow problem or weight loss from cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the problem with using steroids to gain muscle?

Can you tell me about the problem with using steroids to gain muscle?

The real concern: These really do affect your mind. You may do something impulsively and without thinking that you will regret horribly for the rest of your life. Beyond this, it's illegal, it's cheating, it will shrink your testicles (it'll be obvious), and it's generally heart-unhealthy. Most women prefer a natural-looking man who's defined and is a gentleman. It's your choice today but I hope you go 'natural.' ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what is the problem with using steroids to gain muscle?

I'm curious as to what is the problem with using steroids to gain muscle?

The real issue: These really do affect your mind. You may do something impulsively and without thinking that you will regret horribly for the rest of your life. Beyond this, it's illegal, it's cheating, it will shrink your testicles (it'll be obvious), and it's generally heart-unhealthy. Most women prefer a natural-looking man who's defined and is a gentleman. It's your choice today but I hope you go 'natural.' ...Read more

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What are the problems of using steroids while having fixed orthodontic appliances?

Depends: Anabolic or cortico steroids, and why are they being taken, if for inflammatory disease, the usual precautions are in effect, however I have never observed any differences clinically in all of my years of practice. Osteoblastic/clastic activity may be mitigated, bone density changes may occur, and of course patient would be more prone to infection. But again, never have seen these as a problem. ...Read more

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Why did the doctor put me on a steroid for having pleurisy problems?

Why did the doctor put me on a steroid for having pleurisy problems?

Anti inflammatory : Pleurisy is an inflammatory process so an anti inflammatory is required. Steroids have potent anti inflammatory properties. ...Read more