Chronic Tiredness, Low Mood, Weight Gain

Hello Everyone,

I've just joined so I thank you all in advance for your support and help. I am 50 years old, and have been on steroids every months for the last 2 years as I have chronic asthma. I have also have gained 91/2 stones in these 2 years, I have low mood and avoid mirrors, I am also a student undergoing law exams but I can't rid my brain fog or control my asthma more than 4-5 weeks. Any advice will be highly appreciated.

Thank you :)

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  • Welcome to the Forum. Sorry to hear of your plight. Oral steroids are not great for weight gain, they can make you feel hungry and also cause water retention. It's not great to be taking oral steroids so often. Have you been referred to a specialist clinic ? And has your Asthma been phenotyped?

    Asthma and depression often go hand in hand, it gets to be a vicious circle. For that I would recommend some cognitive behavioral therapy, and any exercise you can manage, a 15 minute walk outside every day will really help, better still 2 fifteen minute walks or whatever you can manage. This will help both mood and lung function.

    Finally if you are not already doing it, keep a diary of your Peak Flow, your symptoms and how much reliever inhaler you are using. This is really helpful when dealing with medics and help you recognize when things are better or worse.

    Lots of people can give support

    I do hope you feel better soon

    R

  • Thank you kindly, your time and advice is much appreciated­čÖĆ

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