We identified 18 trials, including 3816 participants, that met inclusion criteria. When compared to taking placebo or no steroid, corticosteroid use was not shown to to reduce all-cause mortality , or result in higher sputum conversion at 2 months or at 6 months ( mortality : RR , 95% CI to , 3815 participants, 18 studies, low quality evidence ; sputum conversion at 2 months RR , 95% CI to , 2750 participants, 12 studies; at 6 months; , 95% CI , 95% CI to , 2150 participants, 9 studies, both low quality evidence ). However, corticosteroid use was found to increase weight gain ( data not pooled, eight trials, 1203 participants, low quality evidence ), decrease length of hospital stay ( data not pooled, three trials, participants 379, very low quality of evidence) and increase clinical improvement within one month ( RR , 95% CI to ; five trials, 497 participants, low quality evidence ).
I looked up the symptoms, I couldn't tell you if at one time she had them, but she doesn't seem to have them now. She had her first attack of pericarditis in the summer of 09, I am almost certain that the same year, I found a tiny microscopic tick on myself that caused almost a year of problems. I was to the point that I told them to remove the skin around the bite even. But it went away right after that, but it took a whole year to go away, with me taking antibiotics. I got another one not a year later, same thing. I told them this time I was not going to take a years worth of antibiotics, to just remove the dang thing immediately, including the skin around the bite. The doctor (a PA actually) told me to try just one round of the antibiotics (they were not for a regular infection, but for a bacterial infection) and it took care of the problem immediately. I was even tested for Lyme Disease, but it came back negative (of course). So why couldn't my daughter have it? I know there is SOME reason why she has this nonstop, and it's not being corrected with medications, it's like they are not treating the cause, but just the symptoms. Its so hard to even get anyone to listen!