Up until I was diagnosed with GCA I used to be rather smug about not having to take any regular, long term drugs. It was something of a shock when I had to start pill popping and quite a struggle working out the best way to swallow 14 preds plus the other precautionary tabs. Although warned, I was not prepared for the other side effect which was (sorry all!) constipation and subsequent haemorrhoids. Something I have never suffered from.
Three days of hell ensued. The pain was relentless and the only painkiller I could take was paracetamol (next to useless). I now had to wait for the steroid cream to work. Hardly slept and the only relief was to sit in a hot bath. I was most surprised by the feeling of exhaustion that developed during that time. I felt so weak that the simplest of tasks like popping out the preds was a struggle. I am still not sure why it affected me so badly and can only guess it has something to do with my overall condition.
On the fourth day, I woke from a better nights sleep and it was like a miracle. The pain had gone and I felt my energy returned. It was as if someone had flicked a switch.
The moral of the sordid tale is to beware and get prescribed a gentle laxative. I have had no problems since.