Have you ever had an extraordinary pain that doesn't respond to medication, one that has a team of doctors scratching their heads as they start the pharmacologic dart game? I have. It's a thrilling MS tale of pain, drugs, more pain and more drugs, and even more pain and even more drugs rounding it off with some relief, some breakthrough pain and ultimately some breakthrough revelations.
Let's go back to the year 2005. I was in the last year of a master's degree program at New York University. With a family, a commute and MS, I had to keep pinching myself to prove that I was really pulling it off. Unfortunately, my self-inflicted reminder was replaced with one that forced me to be acutely aware of every moment of every day.
As the story begins I'm on a train pulling into Penn Station. Reading a book, keeping to myself, when all of a sudden every muscle in my foot cramps up and the pain... come to think of it, it started very gradually - a cramping that would c...
“Lene, you’re a neurological accident waiting to happen.”
My rheumatologist had ordered X-rays of my neck and the results showed that my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had made the top joint unstable. This was how the doctor told me. They wrote an order for a CT scan to get more detail. Then I waited six weeks for the scan and another six for the results. Thankfully, the CT scan showed that the joint wasn’t in fact unstable.
I refer to those three months as the time my head was loose.
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RA and spine joints
When it comes to the spine, RA can be either a pain in the butt or a pain in the neck. There is some disagreement in rheumatology about whether RA can affect the spine itself or if it should more accurately be called rheumatoid spondylitis, ankylosing spondylitis, or even osteoarthritis. However, there is agreement that RA can affect the two joints in the spine. One is the sacroiliac or SI joint . It is located...
Is joint and muscle pain a common side affect of Imitrex? For treatment of 4-5 migraines a week, I have been taking Imitrex for over a year. It works excellent and gets rid of the headache but I suffer with extreme stiffness, joint and muscle pain so have been in the habit of taking advil along with it. Discussed with my doctor and am now using Topamax and rizatriptan (Maxalt) disintegrating tablets instead of the Imitrex. The rizatriptan did relieve the headache within an hour. Too early to tell if other pains will subside. Am wondering if anyone else has joint pain with Imitrex and whether a build-up of Imitrex is still in my system. Thanks for your help. Lori.
Do you keep the patient information sheets that come with your prescriptions? If not, it would be a good idea to start doing so. Joint and muscle pain can be side effects of Imitrex. They can also be symptoms of Migraine.
Another important issue to consider ...
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