Full Question: I am 68 years old and a very active person. For some reason whenever I do any upper body strength training or anything that may cause my muscles to become sore, e.g., lifting luggage, grandchildren, etc. the sore muscle will generate a migraine. This doesn't happen until the 3rd day after the exercise when the muscles begin to tighten up. Is there anything that I can use that may help? It only happens with upper body soreness. Janice. Answer: Dear Janice; Your symptoms are somewhat unusual in that most exercise-induced Migraines come on during or just after the exercise itself. Three days is a long time. And it may be that the headaches really don’t bear a relationship to the exercise itself, but rather, to other factors such as sleep pattern or dietary patterns. Often, anti-inflammatory medications might be useful to ward off exercise related Migraines. You might want to talk to your physician about which ones to choose, alt...
If I have right knee osteoarthritis, do I have to work out my left side as well?
I was recently asked by a patient why he had to work out both sides of his body in physical therapy if only his right knee hurt. I can understand some of the confusion. After all, if your right shoulder were painful and inflamed and required an injection, the medication would only be put at the site of inflammation -- in your right shoulder. You would not be a candidate for a right and a left shoulder injection! However, physical therapy, for the most part, is much different. I'll explain.
There are two basic components to physical therapy -- passive and active. In the passive component, the therapist may apply ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and other modalities to the painful area. For the most part, these modalities are only placed at the site of injury (there are a few exceptions that are beyond the scope of this blog). So, in this sense, physical therapy is functioning si...
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.
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