i oh so feel for ya! i always have joint pain; but when i overuse (or just use) my joints...they not only hurt, but it lingers for days.
is it in fact, that such joint pain is a side effect? when drugs have "muscle pain, stiffness....etc" listed as a side effect, it typically is mild or rare. so i would think, that maybe, if this has been going on for a while and all of the joints hurt you that you listed...i would think somethin' is going on! what does your primary doc think? do you want to see a rheumatologist? i would.
the joint pain...is it bilateral? both sides? red?warm?swollen?
the mornings are the WORST! i agree.
write back soon.
Post Edited (Marius123) : 10/30/2006 12:20:54 PM (GMT-7)
Hallo Erin and Marius. Thank you so much for your replies. I am being an absolute coward about all this and have not consulted any doctor yet. I did phone the secretary of my psychiatrist today but she doesn't work Mondays. I figured that he would know better than my general doctor whether it was down to the Effexor. I am pretty certain it is as I had similar symptoms when I was on Lexapro a while back (which is in the same family as Effexor). I have basically been putting up with it because I just cannot, really cannot, face stopping the Effexor. Withdrawal from this drug is the absolute worst and I would rather be in this pain than have my anxiety disorder back. I was just hoping I could take something natural to help which is why I wondered about the glucosamine.
The joint pain is on both sides but is neither red nor swollen - it just hurts and aches and some of my bones feel tender to the touch. It is definitely getting worse but I just keep hoping it will go away. I am only 50 but feel like 90 at the moment!
I have not heard of arhtralgia - all this is a whole new ball game for me. (Big Sigh!).
Post Edited (Jan Marie) : 10/30/2006 2:33:09 PM (GMT-7)