Let's Talk Health
Most of us have heard of the side effects of steroids. Anabolic steroids (the kind that body builders use), build body mass. But catabolic steroids, like prednisone decrease body mass and bone density and drastically decrease inflammation.
The decreasing of inflammation is of great benefit in treating asthma and in many other medical diseases (like Crohn's disase or lupus)
But, it has the side effect at the same time deceasing bone density and because of that, steroids can be the cause of osteopenia, osteoporosis and avascular necrosis/osteonecrosis, bone death. Not fun or fair, but who ever said life was fair?
Avascular necrosis can be very painful and pain control of this disorder can be hard. Avascular Necrosis is hard to treat because the patient LOOKS NORMAL. It's hard to have, because you look normal, too;even well meaning friends don't always understand why you can't participate in life.
Bones sometimes "collapse" onto each other, requiring from milld intervention ("let's sit it out and see if things heal on their own") to surgery, possibly requiring bone grafts or joint replacement.
Bottom lining it, the effects of steroids vary from life-saving to the life-threatening. There's a place for steroids in medical treatment of illness, quite a place. But when will an alternative medication with fewer and less severe side effects be found? I'm not holding my breath, as avascular necrosis, or my preferred term, osteonecrosis doesn't have a famous name to it.