Charlie Horses and Night Sweats

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   Posted 6/16/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Every night I get a very bad charlie horse in my legs and I wake up soaking wet all over my back and kneck even if its freezing in my home.  I was seriously wondering if anyone has experienced this? and why does this accure? is it my medicine? (plaqinal and 20mg of prednizone)  is it even a symptom of lupus?
I go back to my speacialist July 7th and I hope i can get more info.
I have Lupus, kidney desease and the skin problem. crap see i was so shocked when my doctor said i had lupus and kidney desease i can't even remember what the skin desease is called.. Man my life has been very depressing lately it really is a shock to me. I am 27 years old and I want a baby. a year ago before i found out that i had lupus I had a miscarriage, very hard time for me. and now i find out that i would be a high risk pregnancy!
I am just depressed and I am having a hard time copeing with all this. I'm terribly sorry for ranting but i just need someone to talk to .

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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Nickoa, Welcome to the forum.... You will find alot of info. here. Alot of us get night sweats but I'm not sure if it is due to lupus or not, mine is my age I went through menapause. charlie horse's you can get if you don't drink enough water. I don't know about kidney's but I do have the mask if you are referring to skin lupus. I was diagnoise at your age but took couples of yrs to be diagnois. I'm sorry you had a miscarriage. I have 2 kids with lupus so don't give up. Debbie
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   Posted 6/17/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Nickoa!! I'm glad you started a new topic to introduce yourself.

((((((((( Nickoa )))))))))))) You've got a lot going on right now and it is a lot to accept a diagnoses like this. You've got the additional pain of deciding whether or not to have children. I especially feel for young women who are faced with that difficult decision.

Part of your decision will be helped by waiting a bit to see how progressed your kidney issues are. Your doctors will instrumental in helping you make that decision.

The diagnosis itself requires a period of mourning. There is a a succession of grieving that helps bring you to an acceptance of a "new normal". You really be happy again . . . but not right away. A lot of healing happens as you eventually learn what new limitations you have to deal with and part of that is learning how to pace yourself so you are 'causing' a flare by over-exertion or not enough rest etc. You have the added stress/pain of waiting to see what your options are as far as children and then coming to terms with that.

You'll find a lot of support here and many others who have dealt with similar issues. Nothing like chatting with someone else who really understands your pain.

I hope you'll keep us posted as you learn more from the doctor and his/her plans for your treatment.


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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome. I'm sorry that you have been through so much - Rosie is right that all of this can be really overwhelming. I'm really sorry to hear about your miscarriage - I also had one and know how devastating it can be. Make sure you talk to all of your docs about getting pregnant. It may be possible, but if it is, you will probably need to work with several docs including a high risk doc.

As for the night sweats, a lot of us get them. Mine actually got better once to plaquenil got into my system. Prednisone makes me sweat more than usual, but the night sweats still aren't as bad as they were before I stared plaquenil.

I'm glad you found our forum - it's a great place for information and for support if you are going through a rough time.
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   Posted 6/18/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nickoa,
Another cause for the charlie horse cramps is a deficiency in calcium.  I had wicked charlie horses in my early 20's.  My doctor put me on calcium and they went away. 
I'm on prednisone too, and yes, I sweat like a pig. There are many women here with advice and information about pregnancy and lupus.  You'll learn a lot!  Just make sure you are well educated in any decision you make.
This is a very difficult disease to live with and manage.  I was diagnosed when I was 26.  I wanted a family too. Those plans have changed. I'm learning every day to be content with the path I'm on. It's not easy, but I'm trying. Who knows what the future has in store, right!
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

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