What causes cold bones while taking Cardizem?
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I am a 60 year old woman. For the last 3 or 4 years during cold months, I feel very cold inside my legs and arms. I do not feel cold to the touch. I just feel like I'm cold inside my bones. Problem seems to get worse each year. While it began on the thigh and arm on my right side, now it is on the both thighs including the right knee and a couple of middle toes on my right feet. I don't have that problem in the warm months. I did blood work to test basic things like thyroid, diabetes, lupus and they came out normal. For about 12 years I have been taking Cardizem for blood pressure. I am now wondering if it (Cardizem) is the problem. Can it be? If not what could it be?
Posted Fri, 21 Feb 2014 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Abhishek Kapoor 1 hour later
Brief Answer: May be due to less activity Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for posting your query on healthcare magic. I, Dr Abhishek Kapoor, will try to answer your query. Many people do report that cramps can be worse in cold weather. Why is this happened, exactly is not totally clear. In your case, you have this problem for last 3 to 4 years and may be due to increasing age and less physical activity during cold weather, which could worsen muscle stiffness and decrease flexibility. Excessive cold lead color changes on the skin, numbness, stinging, redness, blisters and more, but you are reporting any of these symptoms. You are taking cardizem for last 10 years and 6% patients on cardizem has reported muscle cramps. In your case, it could not be the reason because you are feeling pain only in winter and if it had been due to cardizem, you would have had leg cramps throughout the years including summer. That is all I can explain about the reason of leg cramp at this time. In case, you need more advise, you can write back me. Regards Dr. Abhishek Kapoor Psychiatrist