Answer: Steroids are incredible drugs for certain diseases. They are powerful
anti-inflammatories and often are the only drugs available in certain diseases. We would
use them more commonly if the side effects weren't so troubling. The side effects are
usually limited to chronic use;that is, short term use is usually without major problems.
The longer the steroids are used and the higher the dose the more the long term side
effects. These side effects are to basically speed up the aging process. The eyes develop
cataracts, bones develop osteoporosis and fracture, arteries develop hardening at a faster
rate, serum glucose levels rise and often lead to diabetes mellitus, muscles weaken and
atrophy. These changes usually take some time to develop and are faster with higher doses.
Physicians try to use the smallest dose of steroids for the shortest time available; but,
for many diseases there is absolutely no alternative to their use and the side effects
must be accepted if the patient is to improve.
As with many things in bodybuilding, things are not always as they appear. While esterfied AAS have often been labeled as worthless among the inexperienced, those who have used them to generate substantial and long-standing gains in muscle size know better. Unfortunately, one can’t use minimal quantities of injectables AAS and expect to experience dramatic improvements in local growth. If we accept the fascial stretching theory as valid (this theory has not yet been validated in the medical community or in any respected clinical setting), we can logically conclude that small amounts of oil simply won’t elicit a great enough stretch on the muscle fascia to cause substantial growth.
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.