Soon after receiving depo-medrol injections for PMR, I began to suffer from a list of side effects that included trembling. Some days it was mild and didn’t last long; while on other days I shook all over and it lasted for hours. It was a detestable side effect that significantly interfered with my activities. After beginning a prescription for a beta blocker named Tenormin (atenolol) the trembling stopped, and I felt as though a heavy weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
This past weekend, however, the trembling returned with a vengeance. My wife took pity on me during one of these episodes and threw a comforter over me. Within 30 minutes the trembling stopped and I began to feel better. Suddenly it occurred to me that while I didn’t feel cold, it was apparent that my core temperature had fallen and my body was trembling to conserve heat.
When I checked my temperature, it was 96 degrees; confirming my suspicion. I next sat in a very hot bath and followed up with a steaming mug of Yorkshire Gold. This made me feel wonderful --- as well as very grateful to my honey. While I couldn’t find anything in the literature to confirm this, I believe the steroids compromised the ability of my hypothalamus to properly regulate core temperature, and this resulted in my misery.
If anyone else is suffering from this side effect, I hope this helps. If not, I still highly recommend the hot soak and tea to all who are suffering from this wretched disease.