Help I have a friend who is a gym goer Im not sure of his quantity or how long he has been taking steroids, but stopped recently because he had really bad neck pain. No dr or scan, ultrasound etc showed anything. Put on huge pain killer amounts didnt help alot but felt after about six weeks some relief. Until today when he thinks a prior knee issue has flared up. If this a result of steroid abuse how long before it heals? Im pretty sure he wont touch them again. He can handle all over aches and pains but these last two injuries have had him off work.
Alpha-blockers . These drugs work by relaxing certain muscles to help small vessels remain open. Alpha blockers work by stopping the hormone norepinephrine from constricting small arteries and veins, which improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. Alpha blockers may increase your heart rate and can cause you to retain fluid, so they may be combined with diuretics or beta blockers. Other side effects include a drastic drop in blood pressure when you stand up—often seen after only one dose—and headache. However, some studies suggest alpha blockers have added benefits if you have high blood cholesterol levels or glucose intolerance. Some commonly prescribed drugs in this class include doxazosin (Cardura), prazosin (Minipress) and terazosin (Hytrin).
It may also help for her to push her bedtime a little later, if she can — I know that sometimes schedules just don’t permit that — or to eat a lighter dinner. I have personally found that carb- and fat-heavy meals tend to make my reflux worse, but everybody is different. I generally need at least 2 hours between eating and bedtime to let my stomach settle — more if I ate to the point of uncomfortable fullness or if I am stressed. (I’ve also noticed a correlation between refluxing – which for me manifests as a cough and wheezing – and my blood sugar levels.)