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xcwilzx
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/28/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Every time I do some sort of physical activity I seem to get very bad muscle cramps. I was wondering if anyone else has this problem? I'm not sure if it is related to my UC or not. Any information is greatly appreciated!!

quincy
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   Posted 7/28/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...are you on any meds at this time? (You could consider to put them in a signature so we don't keep asking you).

Muscle cramping can be from a variety of reasons...I'll state pred as the first most obvious if you're on it.

Some might have them with a flare...where are your muscle cramps..all over or just in your legs or arms...where exactly?

Low hydration or dehydration can cause cramping.

Low potassium or low calcium intake can cause cramping.

Hormonal variations can cause cramping.

Low vitamin D or B12 can cause cramping.

Not enough fuel for your body to use can cause cramping...sometimes one doesn't take in enough food or enough complex carbs...

Hope this helps.

quincy
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


xcwilzx
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/28/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Not sure how to add a signature? But I think you might be right with the prednisone! It seemed to start when I got back on prednisone. As of right now thats the only medication I am on, as it is the only medication that helps.

quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30402
   Posted 7/28/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
ah..makes sense. Why can you not take any 5ASA meds?

To create a profile, click on the "Control Panel" button, then to "Edit Profile". At the bottom it has a section for you to create a signature.

It can only be 10 lines...double spacing counts as a line.

Create, click save.

I find that if I log off, go out of Windows and then come back on, log on again, my signature will be changed once I start posting again.

That could just be the time variance as to how long it would normally take anyway...

quincy
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 7/28/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My feet would occasionally cramp-up when I was on prednisone. I had read somewhere that eating a banana would ease the cramps, and it worked, as the cramps were probably caused by a lack of potassium.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


Peety
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Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 7/28/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Right, eat bananas, a few each day. The prednisone depletes potassium and causes the cramps. I would get horrible, very weird cramps in my feet and hands which were really hard to release, ugh.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


Susiebuddy
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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes... The pred can definately cause muscle cramps.. I'm currently on 50mg of Prednisone and I've been having trouble with muscle cramping as well... I do eat more bananas now and that does seem to help.. Not more than 2 a day for me though.. they are very fattening....lol...  At least I finally start tapering the Pred tomorrow..
Diagnosed with U/C  (Proctitis) January 31st, 2005, IBS on July 21st, 2006 
 
  Status as of July 2009 :  OMG... I had a poopie today 7-23-09 (had to date that)..lol.. with NO BLOOD!!! First time in almost 10 months!!!!!!!
 
Meds are: Prednisone 50mg daily, Apriso 4 pills 1x a day.. .YEA! I take Xanax when needed and Ambien for sleep... Which is every day and night with all this darm PRED..
Nexium in the am for heartburn due to Prednisone..   Culturelle 2 times a day...
 
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mikeman
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 7/28/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
prednisone works against your muscles and causes muscle soreness / joint pain. you retain more water while on prednisone so the more water you retain the more stress on your muscles which in turn causes the cramping that you are feeling. Reduce your sodium intake to nothing and that will help some.

on a side note, I lol when males think that because they have been prescribed a steroid they will magically get buff in the gym. no sir, far from it -because this kind of steroid has the exact opposite effect. prednisone puts your body in a catabolic state and not anabolic like the steroids athletes take. i hated prednisone mainly for that reason alone because I did spend a lot of time in gym lifting weights (not now, in recovery).
Every time I would start to get physically fit in the gym it would lead to the dreaded recurring cycle of flare>prednisone>water retention>sore muscles>stop lifting>wasted muscle, time and effort.

Age:31 Married with children.
--
Ulcerative Colitis cause: In 2003 I took Accutane for about 4 months, started getting strong side effects of abdominal cramping and bloody stools.
May 2004: Diagnosed with Left sided UC -
should have understood the IBD warnings-side effects were now permanent.
May 2004- May 2009: Prednisone, Asacol and many other med's that did not work well-Remicade was great for 16 months then suddenly stopped working.
---
May -June 2009: Pancolitis- chronic 2 month flare up that put me out of work and made me seriously think about surgery.
June 24th 2009: elective colectomy/ileostomy
August 2009: planned rectum removal and j-pouch construction.
October-November 2009: planned Reversal.
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Summary: Suffered 5 long years with severe Ulcerative Colitis, Anxiety and depression. Today-No more harmful drugs. No more running to the bathroom 20+ times a day. No more cramping and bleeding. No more embarrassing situations of incontinence. Satisfied with the first surgery!


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 7/29/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the steroids explanation, I always wondered about that.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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