I am having a cortisol test on Monday carried out by the endocrinology team at Airedale hospital. I have CSS and managed to come off predisolone about four month ago after a very gradual tapering. My blood tests now show I have only half the natural body steroid cortisol that I should have so they are doing tests. I wondered if any else has had a similar test and what the outcome was - were they put on a different kind of steroid that is less harmful. My letter from the hospital advised me to come off my inhaler a week before the test - but I'm asthmatic so surely that can't be expected? I will question that with the department.
A second question I have is that my recent blood test showed my level of cholesterol was a bit high - 5.6. My consultant has recommended that my GP manage this risk as if I had diabetes(even though I dont). I Don't want to take statins unless I really have to and so I'm trying to manage my diet - although I must say its pretty healthy anyway to try & combat the weight gained through taking prednisolone and exercise - but again I exercise very regularly and would love to do even more but struggle due to nerve damage to my feet. Has anyone been successful in managing their level of cholesterol successfully? I've just come off predisolone so won't my body be adapting? I really don't want to take more pills with risks. Any advice appreciated