Doc I want to ask, I have been taking steroids for a long time because of lupus, well, will my body grow tall or steady, I am 15 years old and I am 141 cm tall, if I can add approximately what should be done doc
Hello Keira, thank you for asking to HealthReplies.com.
Let me introduce myself, Dr. Rio will answer your question.
Lupus is a chronic inflammation, caused by the immune system that attacks the cells, tissues, and organs of the body or autoimmune diseases. Lupus can attack all organs in the body such as the brain, skin, joints, bones, etc. Under normal conditions the immune system should help the body deal with infections.
Signs and symptoms include excessive fatigue, rash on the skin (butterfly rash), pain in the joints worsening in the morning, etc. There are many other symptoms that are not specific, and not all sufferers experience it.
In establishing the diagnosis, the doctor will conduct a series of tests that are pretty much taken from a blood sample such as blood tests, immunology, etc. Treatment can be given can use, non steroidal inflammatory drugs, steroids, Hydroxy-chloroquine, Immunosuppressant drugs, etc.
Responding to your question about long-term use of steroids, is a drug that is commonly given to people with lupus. Long-term use will cause some side effects. For long-term use of steroids in children is considered to inhibit growth, but this study has not been proven to be completely correct. Responding to your question because it is true that you must consume steroids given the condition of lupus that you are experiencing, at your age that is still 15 years old can still increase because your epiphyseal plate is not yet closed. All you have to do now to increase your height is:
Get enough rest, sleep at least 7-8 hours per day.
Regular exercise, such as swimming, basketball, etc.
High calcium milk consumption.
Eat nutritious foods.
I suggest you have to chase your height before you are a maximum of 19 years because the epiphyseal plate of women closes faster than men which is around the age of 16-19 years. That's all my answer, thank you very much :)