As others have said, you don’t even get receptor saturation til 3-4 weeks. 8 weeks should really be the minimum run, also your kcals seemed to be at a deficit (possibly a considerable one). Don’t know your age or height so I’m going to guess and say 5’10 and 35… that would put your RMR around 1650 kcals ” Total calories about 1500-2500 per day.” so you may have in fact been eating under maintenance at bed-rest levels. Lifting just a few days a week you should probably be around 2500 just for maintenance (given 5’10 and 35) which means you should have been eating around 2800-2900 and on cycle for 8 weeks to see worthwhile results.
Help I have a friend who is a gym goer Im not sure of his quantity or how long he has been taking steroids, but stopped recently because he had really bad neck pain. No dr or scan, ultrasound etc showed anything. Put on huge pain killer amounts didnt help alot but felt after about six weeks some relief. Until today when he thinks a prior knee issue has flared up. If this a result of steroid abuse how long before it heals? Im pretty sure he wont touch them again. He can handle all over aches and pains but these last two injuries have had him off work.