Re: having intense muscle weakness
I had severe muscle weakness as soon as my doctor changed my prednisone dosage. I was taking 20 mg 3 times a day but when he dropped it to 40mg to take all dosage in the morning within in a few days I noticed that I can't hardly walk without holding on to the walls or furnitures. He thought that my body cannot handle the 40 mg so he dropped it again to 20 mg. Within a few days I started getting better. Are you taking all 40 mg at one time? If you do talk to your doctor maybe he can adjust your meds. I stayed with 20mg for a couple of months then he tapered the prednisone by taking it down little at a time until I was completely done with it. I stopped taking prednisone last december and I was glad because I am type 2 diabetic. I hope you will get the right combination of treatment. I was sick jan 04 after the additional treatment of Gamma Globulin in August 04 all my labs results were normal. I stayed with prednisone for almost 2 years. Now I am down to 10 mg of imuran. Don't lost hope, I thought I will be on a motorized wheelchair but with the right treatment I got better. Other things that I experienced beside muscle weakness were tightness, tingling of the muscle ( I thought I had a stroke at one point). During treatment of Prednisone, I was treated with Potassium through IV, it went dangerously low even though I was taking supplement. I lost 30 lbs during my treatment maybe because I was very careful of what I ate, Prednisone made my blood sugar goes up to 400 to 500 every time I ate. I refused insulin so I tried to control it by watching what I ate and oral medication. I'm not sure if I am 100% but now I am able to play 18 hole of golf walking.
Dutchess, I will pray that you will get better. Looking back on 04, it was scary. Now, I am very vigilant on keeping my regular doctor visits and lab works. I always had been healthy, I don't get cold or flu when everyone one else around me are sick until Polymyositis hits me.
Last edited by mword; 08-20-2006 at 06:11 AM.