I have been experiencing a lot of muscle spasms. They become much more frequent as of late

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I have been experiencing a lot of muscle spasms. They become much more frequent as of late. I'm on prednisone 5mg and fluorine .1mg. I've increased my water intake and when the spasms become Charlie's, I drink tonic water. I'm still thirsty even after drinking 64 oz of water and attempt to exercise to get circulation going. I'm also experiencing some hyperpigmentation and I'm just not sure what to do.

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    Have you been diagnosed with Addison's Disease? I am assuming that is why you are taking the steroids? Have you had your electrolytes checked lately? (a comprehensive metabolic panel) Muscle spasms are a typical symptom of too much sodium in the blood but could also indicate another electrolyte imbalance. You may need to have the steroid doses adjusted.  I hope that helps a little!

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      I agree with this. Drinking too much water can cause this excess sodium ["Hypernatremia"] and can make someone very ill and confused.

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      On second thoughts, maybe I've got this the wrong way round! This is now the blind leading the blind so its main value is to tell you that you need to get your electrolytes checked - it is a simple blood test.

      Anyway, what I now think is that drinking too much water causes _low_ sodium (hypOnatremia)  - one of the symptoms of diabetes insipidus [see below] is a craving for salt.

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    If you are drinking a lot of water (and urinating a lot), you could have "diabetes insipidus" [not to be confused with "ordinary" diabetes - diabetes melitus]. You definitely need to see your doctor about this anyway but also because hyperpigmentation could mean that your Addisons is getting worse but also your thyroid could be overactive.

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      If you _do_ have diabetes insipidus, then that points to a problem in the pituitary gland, making the adrenal deficiency "secondary" Addison's rather than "primary".

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