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   Posted 4/7/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone ever had twitchy muscles in their calves? I can actually see themm when they are twitching. Could this be a Prednisone side effect?
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   Posted 4/7/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
For the past few days I have had twitches and cramping in my calves.  The cramping is the worst at night when I'm sleeping and I got it yesterday during the day when I was reaching for something in the kitchen cupboard.  I am tapering off prednisone, down to 15mg from 30mg.  I think it is a side effect of prednisone because I remember having the same symptoms when I was taking it a few years ago.The things we have to go through to get better! :-)
medications- Pentasa 1gram 3times a day
Prednisone- 25mg ( can't wait to finish )

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   Posted 4/7/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   

So, what is the typical length of time that a person would stay on Prednisone? Some people seem to be on it continously. My Rheumy wants me to continue until I see him in May. That will be almost 6 weeks. I do not know if he will have me contiue past that.


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   Posted 4/7/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have twitching like tha in my legs & calves of my legs & I''m not on steroids.......

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   Posted 4/8/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
hi nanmac!
physicians really & ideally would not like for their patients to be on prednisone for a very lengthy amountof time.  mostly because it will, in long term, rob your stores of calcium in bones & also screw with your endocrine system (your own NATURAL steroid your body makes).
but the kicker is we often will need to do a few months on them, some longer.
most important thing you can do is report to your doc if & when you feel like something's wrong, or the side effects are getting too bothersome.
i get muscle spasms. twitches that go on for like 10 minutes ata time.  in my hands, thighs, arms....i dunno, i feel they're benign. but check it out.
:-)  take care nan...write back soon. {{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}
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