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  • Auto-Immune Disease, Corticosteroids & training?

    Hi everyone,

    Just looking for some thoughts on the title above as I have been diagnosed with Lichen Planus (auto immune disease) and prescribed a further course of Corticosteroids (prednisolone) to last for the next two months.

    Taken from medical pages - Corticosteroids are a class of chemicals that include steroid hormones naturally produced in the adrenal cortex of vertebrates and analogues of these hormones that are synthesized in laboratories. Corticosteroids are involved in a wide range of physiological processes, including stress response, immune response, and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, protein catabolism, blood electrolyte levels, and behavior.

    I trained through the last course ( very low dose) however struggled to add any mass and only very slowly increased strength. This will now be a higher dose as I thought it had regressed however after a couple of months has returned.

    The question is - would it be better to try to maintain strength 1-2 times weekly? putting a lot less stress on my immune system or just dial back the intensity a little/lot (training DC two way previously).
    I know I need to give my body the best chance of fighting the process but catch 22, I don`t want to get weaker and weaker as I may not be able to come off the prednisolone for 2-3 months.

    thoughts? anybody had any experience of training whilst on corticosteroids?

    Mark

  • #2
    I had ulcerative collitis before my colon was removed, now I still deal with the auto immune disease part of it. There is a fine line between volume and intensity you can walk without going over. I've gone a little over and way over from getting sick after a heavy squat day to rhabdomyolysis from competing in powerlifting gear. I recently went 600-350-575 in a powerlifting meet and had no ill effects. so train hard, train smart, and keep your diet on point

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    • #3
      Great advice and thanks for taking the time to respond!
      I presume you were prescribed medication for the auto immune part?
      If you don't mind me asking what effects did you feel generally and also when and if you were training?
      I really struggled to sleep which may have been why I struggled with the training, definitely found it easier to eat more though.

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      • #4
        There really are no meds for auto.immune disease. You're body always thinks there is something to fight off.

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