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    hi everybody my name is emily and my mother was diagnosed with lupus about 6-7 months ago...she is 49 and she has been on the meds hydrochloroquine and prednisone... i believe thats it. however very recently she has been having "spacticity hypertonia" issues with her right arm and leg (she had a stroke on that side of her body a few years back) . i was wondering if there were any relations to the length of time and dosage of hydrochloroquine and any spasticity issues known? any suggestions or information is highly appreciated! thanks emily

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    Hi and welcome to WHL.

    The answer to your questions is really no. Out of almost 10,000 people only 5 had spacticity issues. With numbers that low it basically means people that would have had them anyway but you never know because each person reacts different. . Now, some people do get spacticity issues with Lupus or some of the other AI diseases and once you have been diagnosed with one often times they find others. I would make sure that your mother talks to her doctor about this ASAP as it could be an escalation of the disease.

    Hope this helps
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    hi! thank you for your info! i really appreciate it! im taking your advice and looking at other syndromes that could be related to lupus and has more commonly caused spasticity and i have came across antiphopholipid syndrome...this is virgin research to myslef so any info is great info! she should be talking to the dr soon ... thanks again!

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    Hi Emmy,
    Welcome to WHL! I'm the queen of spasticity around here - the calf muscles in both legs are hypertonic and the muscles in the back of my thighs are getting that way. I never know when my legs are going to spasm and pull me to the floor.
    I don't know for sure what is causing mine. My DX is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (Lupus, Sjogren's, RA and Psoriatic Arthritis). I've seen others with Sjogren's having a rough time with spasms, so that is one possibility.
    I've also had surgery for Avascular Necrosis, so I don't know if it might be flaring up again.
    I also have Spasmodic Dysphonia - the vocal cords spasm uncontrollably - and I have to get a Botox shot in the vocal cords for that every 3-4 months. My otolaryngologist thinks that my hypertonic leg muscles is another form of dystonia. He says that I should be checked for Spastic Paraplegia.
    It is difficult to convince my rheumy of any of this, since the neuro that she sent me to did a spinal tap and declared that there is nothing wrong with my muscles.
    If your Mom is having the same problems getting around that I'm having, I feel for her. It's pretty scary to drive and never be sure if my leg will start to spasm while I have my foot on the brake at a stoplight.
    Good luck with the research.
    Hugs,
    Marla

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