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I had asthma which was under control with preventer inhalers.

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I had asthma which was under control with preventer inhalers. My wife died Oct 2007 and I was put on steroids to help breathing. I was on them in various dosage until end June2015.
The steroids affected my legs and arms making them weak and although lot better now, still are uncomfortable walking and particularly in middle of night. Will these aches go soon or is there anything I can do/take to help. If I exercise too much in a day, my legs are quite uncomfortable.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
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long term steroid use can often cause proximal muscle weakness in your shoulder and hips and legs.
you should see a physical therapist and rehab doctor about rehabilitation exercises and physical therapy which can help strengthen your leg muscles
you could be having some arthritis or joint inflammation in your hips which can cause aches and pains with exercise therapy.
you should see your primary care GP doctor and get hip xrays or better yet, hip MRI scans to check for bursitis and arthritis in the hip.
you might benefit from focal steroid injections into the hip to decrease pain and inflammation.
long term steroids can also cause weakness of your bones as well, so you should ask for bone density testing and be checked for osteoporosis and weakness of your bone density. this can be treated with calcium and vitamin D and also bisphosphonates to help strengthen your bones.
let me know if you have other questions.
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