after being off prednisone for a while (also no makeup):
After having my looks altered this drastically once, you can only imagine how desperate I'd have to be to ever go on prednisone again. But I did. Two more times. I resisted every time because of these effects. It always came down to the realization that I would die if I did not take this drug. So, I owe it my life. But I always do everything I can to not be on it long-term, and that's why I'm on a gluten-free dairy-free, no egg, no nutrasweet diet. Those are my food allergies and if I avoid them, my disease stays quiet. And I don't need prednisone. Unless of course something happens like this past week and I have a severe allergic reaction to something else. But that's short-term prednisone, and I can deal with that.
I've said this before, but I feel it bears repeating: if you are on prednisone, do NOT EVER suddenly stop taking it. Prednisone replaces a hormone that controls your vital organs and there is a lag time between when you stop taking it and when your body starts making it again. This is why you MUST taper off the drug slowly, or you will go into crisis and end up very sick or dead. Or worse, on even higher doses of prednisone.
Well wishes to you-
The Singing Patient: Author, Survivor, Humorous Songwriter and Entertainer
http://tinyurl.com/348hroc - Carla's book "How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?"