Good morning Eileen and everyone, I have a friend with a bad drop foot who has had PMR for nearly 7 years and she has been stuck on 5mg of pred for the last 3 years. She has started to suffer from weak legs when walking and after a certain distance feels her legs won't work anymore. She can't walk far anyway as she is badly lopsided and walks with a stick. She is 78. She is very stoic and nursed her husband through cancer and is still very active with church activities so is not at home feeling sorry for herself.
She is wondering if the weakness in her legs could be caused by long term use of pred and I said I would ask the forum. She is trying to get to 4.5mg using the DSNS method but so far every time she has tried, she has unfortunately and coincidentally had a fall and due to the pain of that has always had to go back to 5mg. She is nervous that long term use of pred is not doing her any good although I have told her that such a low dose should not be affecting her as such.
Does anyone else suffer like this? Is it a common side affect or something entirely different. In other respects she is fine, not overweight and looks very well.