The presenter, 71, is battling cancer of the brain, spine, kidneys and lungs and was recently hospitalised for a series of blood transfusions.
Writing in his Express column, the broadcaster revealed that he was ‘turning into Mr Blobby’ while taking the anti-inflammatory medicine but struggled with the withdrawal symptoms.
‘I was turning into Mr Blobby’: James Whale has detailed his struggle with steroids amid his terminal cancer battle (pictured in November 2020)
Stopping steroid use suddenly can cause your adrenal gland, which makes important hormones for the body, stop working resulting in extreme fatigue, nausea, dizziness and loss of appetite.
He explained: ‘I’ve been on them for quite a while. They take away almost all pain and make you feel great, but coming off them is another story.
‘My sympathy goes out to anyone else going through steroid cold turkey. I seem to be through it now, thank goodness, and it’s a question of clearing your body out and giving it a rest, otherwise you begin to turn into Mr Blobby.
‘And, let’s face it – I was halfway there already!’
TalkTV and talkRADIO presenter James gave a heartbreaking speech at Evolution London in November, while appearing at the annual British Curry Awards with wife Nadine Lamont-Brown.
He told assembled guests: ‘I know a lot of you won’t like me, but this time next year I won’t be here. I have terminal cancer.
‘As you might be able to hear, I am having chemotherapy which makes it harder for me to breathe, but I’m OK. Don’t worry.’
James also referenced his good friend Enam Ali MBE who died in July after a two year battle with cancer. The Epsom curry pioneer raised over £2million for charity before he died.
He continued: ‘I am in my 70s now and I just want to say don’t waste your time on stupid things that don’t matter.’
James was previously given just three months to live when he contracted kidney cancer in 2000, twenty years before his second diagnosis.