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I believe he has become addicted to steroids.

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Someone really close to me has recently been sick and finally made his way to the emergency room. He is a bodybuilder, age 34, and does oral anabolic steroids. He hasn't been to a doctor in years and has not had a full physical done in years. After being sick with a fever for 3 days, I finally managed to get him to go to a hospital. His chest xray showed an opacity in his left thoracic area of the lungs, which the doctor believed was pneumonia. Blood work was also done with the following results:

eGFR-48.18 (he's african american)
total bilirubin-1.4
Hemolysis and lipemic index-slightly hemolyzed

I know that these levels are very off and he has promised that he hasn't been doing steroids for a while, which I don't believe. He also has been hypertensive for a year now and blood and protein showed up in his urine during this hospital visit. I believe he has become addicted to steroids. I need advice

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replied February 13th, 2012
Addiction, Recovery Answer A31484
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

By the description of the history, it does indicate that he might be having a infection in the lung, and he does need to be treated with antibiotics and supportive medications.

To detect whether he is on anabolic steroids, he may need to get a few blood and urine estimation of adrenal hormones as well as ACTH levels.

He can work with his doctors and undergo counseling, to improve his health.

I hope this helps.

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