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Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to visit with my friend, Leslie, and her husband. Her husband noted that Leslie, who is in her late 40s and who regularly instructs exercise classes, no longer qualifies as a ninja because her joints crack when she moves, thus alerting those around to her presence.
I can empathize. I have always had joints that would periodically crack, but now it seems that everything creaks regularly, especially when I get up in the morning. I also find that I feel a lot stiffer (and more clumsy, to boot). It turns out that the menopausal process can be behind this stiffness. “Muscles and joints can become sore, and coordination is affected; an increase in clumsy behavior may be noted,” wrote Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge in “The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause.”
In the companion guide to her “Menopause in an Hour” video series, Dr. Tara Allmen noted that aches and pains are common. She also notes that after ...
I have been taking Imitrex 2 - 4 per month for about 10 years. I have had joint stiffness commonly after taking it. However, I am a professional martial artist as well as a Nurse Practitioner and after taking Imitrex, my flexibility has decreased by about 50% for a week or so, then I can finally get stretched out again, I take another Imitrex, and then I cannot stretch. Is there any post-marketing information about this? Peggy.
I know of no such information on Imitrex. After all, it is gone from the body in 8 - 10 hours.
Perhaps another triptan might avoid your (rather long) symptoms after Imitrex. There are six other medications in the triptan family-- Maxalt , Zomig , Amerge , Relpax , Axert , and Frova . Each of the triptans binds to different combinations of serotonin receptors, which is why our bodies may respond differently to each of them. It could be worth discussing the ones you haven't tried with your doctor.
Good luck, Jo...
There are many reasons why knee stiffness occurs after joint replacement. In this article, ways to predict and manage such a problem are reported. Computerized records of almost 10,000 patients were reviewed to provide this information. Stiffness was defined for this study as less than 90-degrees of knee flexion. Two groups of patients were compared. The first group had a total knee replacement (TKR) with stiffness afterwards. The second (control) group had a TKR without stiffness. Everything about these patients was compared. For example, age, race, sex, and body mass index were compared. Range of motion before the surgery was reported. Details of the operation such as length of time and blood loss were included. The authors report that more patients with stiff knees after TKR were younger than the control group patients. Women were affected more often than men. They had shorter patellar (kneecap) length and longer patellar tendon. These changes lead to a slightly different position of...
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