I respond well to Prednisolone. Does this suggest that - when I have an Asthma Attack - I am ‘deficient’ in Cortisol (and that Prednisolone increases my Cortisol)? Or, does it mean the opposite, and that my Asthma is partly due to ‘too much’ Cortisol?
In order to reduce my Prednisolone need, should I try to increase, or reduce, my ‘natural’ Cortisol Level?
Seem to recal reading that some Asthmatics have reduced Cortisol Receptors due to regularly raised Cortisol Levels over a long period. Can those lost Cortisol Receptors be regained in some way, or are they gone forever?
Have concluded that Pred Responsive Asthmatics need more Cortisol-like steroids for two possible reasons:
a) Their natural levels are, for some reason, too low
b) Their natural levels are normal (maybe even raised) BUT their inflammation levels mean they need ‘additional’ Cortisol-like steroids
To a certain extent, it does not matter whether (a) or (b) applies (because, either way, they still need ‘more’ Cortisol-like steroids).
Just discovered - on Asthma.net - part of the answer to my above question.
Not yet familiar enough with Asthma.net to give it a strong recommendation, but the article I just read was very good indeed. If interested in Asthma / Stress / Cortisol relationship, you might want to check it out here: