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It's well known that removing the meniscus from the knee causes joint damage. This pad of thick cartilage between the main bones of the knee has many important jobs. It acts as a shock absorber, helps lubricate the joint, and gives added stability to the knee. Knowing all this about the meniscus, doctors are looking for ways to save a damaged meniscus. Efforts to preserve or replace a torn meniscus are underway. One new method is to implant replacement tissue to the area of damage. This is an important discovery for patients who have lost most or all of the entire meniscus. It's not clear whether these grafts can prevent or delay arthritic changes in the joint. According to researchers, the graft does help the area heal and replace the cartilage. The patient gets pain relief and improved function. However, scientists think this may not be the same as having normal function of the meniscus for the rest of life. Doctors advise careful selection of patients for this treatment. The ideal pa...
Muscle pain happens to most people. After a rigorous workout, muscles can be sore for days. That’s normal muscle pain. Abnormal muscle pain is a persistent pain that does not go away with rest. The pain is deep and often unbearable. Further investigation is needed for abnormal muscle pain.
The first investigation step is laboratory tests. Pain does not accompany all muscle diseases, but an elevated creatine phosphokinase (CPK) usually does. The CPK enzyme is found in the skeletal muscles as well as the heart and brain. Non-painful causes of an elevated CPK include muscular dystrophy, dementia and motor neuron diseases. Painful conditions associated with an elevated CPK include sickle cell disease and polymyositis . Besides pain, other symptoms might provide diagnostic clues like muscle weakness which typical in polymyositis. If anemia is present, then sickle cell disease is more likely. Both polymyositis and sickle cell disease can lead to the most severe form of muscle di...
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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