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I'm on my second day of 40 mg of prednisone because of cat allergies . My leg muscles burn when I climb stairs today. Is this normal?

I'm on my second day of 40 mg of prednisone because of cat allergies . My leg muscles burn when I climb stairs today. Is this normal?

Overkill: Some people developed muscle weakness from high-dose prednisone which may be further aggravated by the effect of prednisone in reducing blood potassium level. If the weakness leading to muscle spasm, that's a possibility. Having said that, burning muscle is not an expected side effect from Prednisone. Taking prednisone for cat allergy is an overkill and thus an allergy consult may be worthwhile. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more

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What's the best way to heal a pulled muscle from rock climbing?

What's the best way to heal a pulled muscle from rock climbing?

NSAIDS, ice, heat...: Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve. Follow directions on label. Ice for about 45 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20-25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. Walking, gentle range of motion and stretching exercises. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
Once
Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
Daily
Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
Once
Consider physical therapy or range of motion massage
Once
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My wife had an injury in her left knee which has recovered, but her left thigh muscle has become very week. She is unable to climb stairs. Any advise?

My wife had an injury in her left knee which has recovered, but her left thigh muscle has become very week. She is unable to climb stairs. Any advise?

Rehab knee injury: If the weakness of the muscles is due to the knee injury, then a rehabilitation program is indicated. With an acute knee injury (eg., sprain), subsequent leg weakness is unusual since these heal in about a week. For ligament sprains/tears, etc. The inability to use the knee/leg for an extended period of time lets the muscles become very week. The treatment is physical therapy until healed. ...Read more

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What can I do to release my muscle pain after climbing a mountain?

What can I do to release my muscle pain after climbing a mountain?

See below: Soak in epsom salts---the magnesium in these will relax your muscles. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Rest the injured muscle
once
Wear a splint or brace to support the limb
once
Ice, or alternate heat and ice, on the extremity
30 min, 3x day for 2 weeks
Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen only if unbearable pain at rest
2x day
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Is rock climbing an effective way to tone and build lean muscle?

Is rock climbing an effective way to tone and build lean muscle?

Oh yeah: Take it slow but rock climbers are well conditoned athletes, have to be, especially before you learn the most energy efficient moves. Try it out, its why the walls are found in so many gyms. ...Read more

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Muscle pain in both my legs from climbing all weekend. What do I do for relief?

Muscle pain in both my legs from climbing all weekend. What do I do for relief?

Rest, ibuprofen, ice: Simple things like rest, some Ibuprofen 400-600mg 3x/day with food, and icing if it's within the first 48 hours. Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of fluids. No magic bullet for the pain to go away other than rest. It's great you were active all weekend though! ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Apply ice
3x day
Take motrin 3x/day
3x day
Rest the muscles that hurt
daily
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Thought i pulled a muscle but physical therapist sister says its my tendons? While stretching in bed after waking, i hurt the tendons back side of knee. Two months later pain is still there and aggrevated when climbing stairs or sitting with knees bent

It : It definitely sounds like you need an mri. This will show any tendon or ligament damage. See your doctor. He/she will exam you, order an x-ray first then decide on an mri. If possible see an orthopedist. If not your doctor will refer you after doing preliminary tests. Good luck. ...Read more

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