Hello - I am positive diagnosed GCA which I have (officially) had for just over 7 months: Having started on 60 mg I am currently on a Prednisolone dose of 17 mg. By sticking to a carefully selected diet I’ve managed to lose 11.3 kilos, and eliminated the fat that original collected on my lower legs and feet. All my shoes/boots etc fit nicely again now. However, I can’t seem to get rid of the awful belly fat. The last time I looked like this I was 6 months pregnant.
I rarely post but do read them every day – and see that the withdrawal and side effect symptoms (many and varied) are basically the same but that people experience them differently. Some very few and others not so. The answers, from the Pro volunteers – because they are right – are also the same. I tried entering belly fat but didn’t find the answer to my specific question which is – how can I get rid of the belly fat ? Maybe I didn’t go back far enough – the posts that popped up tended to be 2-3 years old. I can live with the back fat (for now) – hump and all – but wonder if it’s just a case of the steroid dose getting to be low enough before the belly fat will start to dissipate? If so I suppose that at 17 mg I have a way to go yet. Please can someone give me a clue ?
Lest you think that belly fat is a minor thing to be worried about, with everything else that GCA and steroids entails, I do have a LOT of pain (including Myofascial) which I’m identifying, and coping with, as the disease progresses. I’m also aware of which pain is which – due to steroids or GCA. I acknowledge that pain is part of the journey, and to be endured. Luckily to date I can still sit, and sleep, pain-free – which is an enormous blessing. OK I rarely get more than 5 hours but they are good sound sleep hours. Awake and up and about (the ‘about’ bit being debatable !) my pain levels are such that walking even a few steps is agonising and I’m now fairly used to crawling upstairs.
Naturally I tend to mainly read the posts relating just to GCA and note that experiences vary, as do the coping mechanisms. Incidentally to refer to a recent thread, after reading it, I booked 3 sessions of Bowen, which I had over a 3 week period. They didn't help with the pain at all. Still, I’m glad that I tried it as it was just about the last thing that I hadn’t tried. I also have a very good TENS/ENS machine now but it hasn’t helped one little bit.
So, if I can just get rid of, or reduce, this belly fat it will be one small step forward. Everything else I can cope with because I know there is an end at some point. At least we have a disease that does eventually go, or into remission.
Thank you in anticipation