• Teresa Teresa
    November 29, 2010
    How to find relief from horrible leg cramps when taking prednisone?
    Teresa Teresa
    November 29, 2010

    I am on a 20-day course of oral prednisone for an MS attack. On day 11 my legs started to cramp and it has only gotten worse (now day 15). Any thoughts or suggestions for relief?

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  • Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    November 30, 2010
    Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    November 30, 2010

    I'm sorry to hear that you are having a relapse and have to take steroids. I'm also sorry to hear that you are experiencing leg pain. These two situations may or may not be related.

     

    Steroids will deplete the body of potassium and one symptom of low potassium is muscle cramps. When I am taking steroids, I make sure that I eat LOTS and LOTS of foods high in potassium. Some of my favorites include bananas, orange juice, raisins, spinach, apricots, cantalope. Here is a list of foods high in potassium.

     

    If trying the food route doesn't seem to help, please call your doctor. You may be experiencing spasticity associated with MS. Or, there could be some other cause.

    • Teresa
      December 03, 2010
      Teresa
      December 03, 2010

      Lisa,

      Thank you so much for your response. I had begun eating just what you had described because I assumed that was the cause. Unfortunately, the "cramps" and uncomfortable feeling has just increased in the last couple of days. I finish my course of Prednisone tomorrow. With all the potassium I am consuming, I would have thought this feeling would have subsided by now, so I am afraid there may be another problem (spascicity). I have never experienced it before. I will call my doctor and visit with him about it, but I was curious if the cause was the Predisone, how long the effects will last after I am done taking it.

      Thanks for all your help! :)

      Teresa

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  • teri February 20, 2011
    teri
    February 20, 2011

    Try Tonic Water - the "quinine" in it helps my husband's leg cramps and he drinks about a 4 oz. glass of tonic water each night before bed - it seems to be working and was the advice of my nurse practitioner whose husband was also suffering from leg cramps.  Hope it helps!Smile

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