Been on prednisolone since May 2013 (got GCA/PMR) and currently on 10mg but still having flares with occasional not too bad days.
I have a history of high cholesterol and had my first angiogram at Papworth Hospital 10 years ago when I had my first stent fitted.
All was well until three years ago I had further problems and had a second stent fitted (again at Papworth).in both instances the right coronary artery was affected,the cardiologist at the time explained that other arteries had some occlusion but were largely unaffected.
However I had,nt taken into account the effects of the steroids on my cholesterol levels and when I went into Hospital for an investigation and angiogram 10 days ago I was quite shocked to find that I had five further blockages in the right and descending coronary arteries.
The outcome of this is that I had two further stents fitted and the other three blockages are going to be reviewed in a few weeks.
I gave up taking statins about six years ago because they made me feel so ill and I honestly believe that I would have fared better had I not been put on steroids. 16 months ago with the awful result of raising. my cholesterol levels so high.
I am now on a cocktail of drugs and like it or not I will have to take the wretched statins, so I would strongly advise all of you to keep a close eye on your cholesterol levels whilst on steroids in order to try and avoid the rather worrying outcome that I experienced 10 days ago.
If any of you have had a similar experience I would really love to hear from you