Woke up to horrible leg pains & could hardly walk.

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Cadillac Lover
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   Posted 2/19/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if it's the prednisone but on tuesday I was upped from 40 to 60mg a day & now I'm getting these shooting type of pains when I'm on my feet. They are from the knee down in both legs. My white blood cell count was a bit high when I took a blood test on tuesday so my gi prescribed 2 antibiotics: metronidazole generic for flagyl & ciprofloxacin. I'm wondering if it's the antibiotics maybe? I can tolerate the pain but sometimes it feels like I'm going to fall and I have a baby I have to carry up & down the stairs, this is my main concern. Any ideas? Anyone know anything I can take that's not a muscle relaxer? It feels like it's in my muscles & bones from the knee down to my feet so I don't know if any kind of joint pain stuff would work.
Diagnosed with UC summer of 08.
Currently taking asacol 1600mg 3 x a day, Prednisone 60mg, 6MP 50mg.
Currently having a flare.


suebear
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   Posted 2/19/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You should call your doctor. This could be a side effect of Cipro.

Sue
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dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

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Scarlet504
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   Posted 2/19/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   

What are you taking Flagyl and Cipro for????

It is absolutely common to have a higher white blood cell count on Prednisone, especially on higher doses. Maybe I am biased, because I hate Cipro and Flagyl and refuse to take it ever again, but do you have an infection that you need to take these medications or just based on a high white blood cell count?

I had leg pain on Flagyl and Cipro and Pred - hard to say what caused it. Hope you feel better soon.


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Vin
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   Posted 2/19/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Pred will give you nasty leg pain at the higher dosages >30 mg. It also makes my feet cold alot of times. I think it has something to do with your potassium levels. Put bengay on them...very effective. You should notice the leg pain go away once you get under 30 mg and then you will have pred joint pain from there on down.

Vin
History: UC/Chrons since age 22, now 27.  Several huge flares since then.  Entire colon diseased at some point from cecum to rectum.  Also had previous inflammation in terminal ileum.
Currently: flare -9/19/08 - now|Panic Disorder - 6/25/08 - now|Lyme Disease - 12/09/08 - now|Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - 6 recent mod dysplasia moles excised, and many more to shave biopsy.
Drugs: prednisone 30 mg|6mp 75 mg|lialda 4.8 mg|Paxil 50 mg|Klonopin .25 mg|Trazodone 50 mg|PRN Perc/Tramadol
 
 
 
 
 


Cadillac Lover
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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
my gi said i might have some kind of infection that's why she prescribed the antibiotics, i feel totally fine though besides the flare.
Diagnosed with UC summer of 08.
Currently taking asacol 1600mg 3 x a day, Prednisone 60mg, 6MP 50mg.
Currently having a flare.


JM21204
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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
They are not swollen are they? Just making sure blood clots are not a consideration (I got one during a flare).
34 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)
 


Megansmom
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   Posted 2/19/2009 10:18 PM (GMT 0)   
My daughter has complained many times about leg/knee pain. When she came home after surgery they had her on 60 mg of pred and nothing else. We believe it was the pred that caused the pain now that she is down to 30 mg's she doesn't have the leg pain. It was so bad that it would keep her awake and/or wake her from her sleep. She also used icy hot and it helped reduce the pain.

pb4
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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Low potassium can cause this as well, you really should see your doc.

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kops2da
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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Prednisone is giving me some leg cramps - eating high potassium food can help - but calling doctor is they are bad is a good idea.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


masscs
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   Posted 2/20/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if the pain in your legs is in the front or the back in the calf, but if it's in the calves, definitely get a doppler to check your legs for blood clots.  Inflammatory bowel disease increases our risk of getting clots.  I've had two clots in my right leg in the last year. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stacey
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JM21204
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   Posted 2/21/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
masscs said...
I'm not sure if the pain in your legs is in the front or the back in the calf, but if it's in the calves, definitely get a doppler to check your legs for blood clots.  Inflammatory bowel disease increases our risk of getting clots.  I've had two clots in my right leg in the last year. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stacey
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Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 2005
Meds:  Asacol & 6MP
masscs, by no means am I happy that this happened to you but it's reassuring to know I am not alone in this problem.  UC IS a contributor to increased liklihood of DVT.  Right after getting diagnosed (and being bed ridden for 6 weeks) I had a clot in my calf.  Being relatively young I was ignorant and thought it was a pulled muscle and kept working, traveling, exercising, etc.  Then I had stabbing pains in my chest for over a month.  I never told my GI doctor about my calf pain until it was almost too late.  She couldn't figure out why I was having chest pain until I finally mentioned my calf still hurt.  I learned you have to tell your doctor about everything, even though it might not seem related to you.  I was a walking time bomb with 2 pulmonary embolisms.  UC sucks, but that you can die from!
34 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)
 

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