is muscle pain normal?

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   Posted 3/10/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I was hoping you could help me. I have been off my methotrexate for 3 weeks now due to a sinus infection and this week i have been noticing a lot of muscle pain along with joint pain. My hands are sore at the joints as usual, however I have been having pain in my upper arms and shoulders too. They feel heavy and achy, all the time and I was wondering if anyone knew if this was normal with RA. All my upper joints have been doing a lot more cracking and crunching than usual too. Ive also had swollen glands for over a month now- (i had a sinus infection but its gone now) and my glands and temperature won't go down so my Rheumy won't let me take my methotrexate until im better (haha I never thought Id ever want to take it but it does help!). I don't know whats going on at all- its always one thing after another. Anyway I hope someone can help.

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   Posted 3/10/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've stopped my MTX before but never had anything like you describe.  However, my joint pain became debilitating to the point I couldn't get in and out of my car and I ended up with a horrid face rash.
I do have what you are describing when I wake up in the mornings in my chest, upper arms and in my upper back, but I'm not sure what causes it, but I'm still on my MTX.  If I were you I would give a call to the rheumy and maybe let them know how you are feeling.

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   Posted 3/12/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Lynny,

I was like momto3 when I stopped MTX a few times for operations (except the face rash) but when I started taking it again all came good.

Hopefully it will kick right back in for you.


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