I went to my doctor last week and he doubled my Qvar dosage to 600 mcg. Over the last couple days, my feet/lower legs (right above the ankles) have been cramping almost on a daily basis. Now, most of the what I have been dealing with, in regards to my asthma/emphysema, is tolerable...pain is not. My water intake has increased due to my HCV diagnoses in November, so I don't think dehydration is the cause. I am breathing better, however,if the two are related, I'm not sure if this is something that I want to deal with. In other words, if the result of breathing better means that I have to live with these cramps...I don't know if it is a good trade. Yes, I am whining. I am a survivor of natural child birth, but that pain subsided in a few hours. These cramps, which sometimes look like I have a walnut growing on the top of my foot or ankle, occur almost daily and sometimes several times a day. Do you know if there is a relationship between the steroids and cramps? Thanks for letting me whine!.
I know when I was on oral steroids (a very high dose) I would get severe leg cramps. Ones that brought tears to my eyes. But I never heard of anyone complain of it on inhaled steroids. There may be other reasons for your leg cramps. I have heard that some people take Vitamin E for leg cramps. But be careful not to take too much.
I can tell from your description how painful this must be for you. Your frustration also comes through very clearly. I feel for you and I hope you find relief...soon. Have you and your doctor discussed the possibility of potassium deficiency (and supplementation)? If not, it might be worth a quick phone call. Good luck.
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