When you have a chronic illness, sometimes the treatments are as bad as the disease itself. Take, for instance, my love/hate relationship with Prednisone, a steroid. When my autoimmune disease, Relapsing Polychondritis, flares up, one of the main drugs to treat the inflammation is Prednisone. In high doses. Side effects include hunger, night sweats, irritability (think roid rage), facial hair, weight gain, bloated abdomen and upper back/neck, elevated glucose levels, and moon face.
Ahh, moon face. People see your face first. And when it is puffed up on steroids, the change can be shocking.
This is what I looked like two months ago:
And now, after weeks of 60mg a day oral steroids and 3 1200mg IV infusions:
Like I said, shocking. People who haven't seen me in awhile stare. Sometimes they ask if I am pregnant. I had a verbal 2 1/2 year old client tell me I was getting fat. Sigh.
I know this will pass, but it's still a bitter pill to swallow. Be kind to moon faces!