Reply To: Solumedrol treatment caused weakness?
I never took long term steroids. I did have one set of 5 day tapered oral dose with no noticeable side effects.
An online review shows muscle weakness as a side effect. However it is difficult to correlate dosage and time to onset or degree of weakness.
Generic name: Methylprednisolone
Other trade names: Duralone®, Medralone®, Medrol®, M-Prednisol®
Other names: 6-Methylprednisolone, Methylprednisolone Acetate, Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate
The following side effects are common (occurring in greater than 30%) for patients taking Solu-Medrol:
Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
Swelling in your ankles and feet (fluid retention)
Nausea, take with food
Impaired wound healing
Increased blood sugar levels.
The above data is from: http://chemocare.com/chemotherapy/drug-info/solu-medrol.aspx
Generally speaking, there are certain criteria to diagnose CIDP. Dr. Lewis, a specialist, has an article in Medscape. These criteria also include ruling out other diseases. Dr. Lewis lists 27 of them under differential diagnoses.
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Good luck with your condition and if IVIG helps then, in the words of a Mayo Clinic Doctor, “you have your diagnosis.”