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Inhaler for bronchitis, shaking legs - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have copd and am on a lot of inhalers which have never caused me any trouble. 3 weeks ago I had bronchitis and I was on 40 mgm of prednisone for 2 days then titrated off by use of a medrol dose pack. Ever since I have internal and arm and leg shakes. Could it be the prednisone?
Doctor :   Hello
User :   Hello Doctor
Doctor :   can you give me a min please
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   Yes
Doctor :   May i know your age and gender?
User :   65 and I am a female
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   well so you were on prednisone for 2 days right ?
User :   The 40 mg then put on a medrol dose pack
Doctor :   Ok well that is too short of a period for prednisone to have any effect on you esp shaking of legs as usually the acute side effects are more related to increase appetite or indigestion

Doctor :   there are some cases of nervousness and restlessness
Doctor :   can you describe this shaking ?
Doctor :   is it constant ?
Doctor :   what makes it worst and what makes it go away ?
User :   It feels like the shaking when you are cold. I feel it more when I stand up
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   and this is the first time this has happened ?
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical problem ?
User :   No I have had it before on prednisone but it always went away when I was titrated off
User :   No other medical problems
Doctor :   how much caffeine are you taking ?
User :   none
Doctor :   how many cups of coffee ?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   so you are having this constant shaking of your legs for almost 3 weeks now ?
Doctor :   has it gone worst ?
User :   yes
User :   no
Doctor :   I see
Doctor :   well i can assure you that it is NOT the prednisone
Doctor :   have you changed any other medication ?
User :   All meds are the same
Doctor :   any change in sensation in your legs or weakness ?
User :   I have been stressed out because a few months ago I lost my husband. No numbness or weakness
Doctor :   I am sorry to hear that
User :   Thank You
Doctor :   well sudden shaking that you have mentioned, it can be because of some minor never irritation. which could be causing it . since you have no other symptoms like weakness or tingling sensation . that i dont think its something serious
Doctor :   But at the same time you should get your self examined by your physician
Doctor :   nerve**
Doctor :   sometime stress can be a triggering factor too
User :   Thank You I just pray day by day that it will go away. I have ann appt with my doc next week
Doctor :   Your most welcome
Doctor :   like i said it does not look serious
Doctor :   Take care of your self
Doctor :   i am sure you will do just fine
User :   That is good to know! Have a nice day!
Doctor :   but do be careful esp while going up down the stairs
Doctor :   do hold on to the railing and walk
Doctor :   We dont want you to get hurt in any way
User :   I am very careful not to fall!!
Doctor :   Thats good
Doctor :   well you have a wonderful day
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
User :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Your feedback is always appreciated
Doctor :   bye
User :   bye
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