Asthma and its treatment is really having a domino effect on my health. I started off like many asthmatics just needing a couple of inhalers but when I was first diagnosed with the condition 30 years ago I never expected the way things would go.
I am no longer the same person that I was all those years ago, asthma has had a massive impact on my life, I have gained weight, my life style has had to change, my social life is only a fraction of what it was only a few years ago. I am constantly fatigued which is something that I hate and of course as a result of high doses of prednisolone I developed steroid induced diabetes. I’ve had a number of issues with my diabetes, trying to keep my sugar levels under control while my prednisolone doses remain high has proved a real challenge. I blame a number of my health issues on my prednisolone but diabetes is the biggest problem. As if things weren’t bad enough with the asthma and the diabetes I now another health worry. It would appear that I now have retinopathy. This has developed directly as a result of the diabetes and therefore indirectly my asthma.
Retinopathy is when high blood sugar levels cause damage to blood vessels in the retina. These blood vessels swell, leak and sometimes they can close, stopping blood from passing through. Sometimes abnormal new blood vessels grow on the retina. There is no cure (why am I not surprised), but laser treatment can be carried out which helps prevent loss of vision. My eyesight has deteriorated rapidly over the last 18 months and I am now under an eye specialist at the local hospital.
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So my asthma is (supposedly) controlled by prednisolone which in turn has given me (among other things) diabetes which has now caused these problems with my eyes. Asthma really does suck!