Diclofenec & muscle weakness

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cntrymom
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   Posted 3/26/2017 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Well the pm dr took me off ibuprofen and put me on 50 mg of diclofenec 3 times a day. I have started experiencing muscle weakness. Thought it was because of coming off tramadol, but I finally read more on the diclofenec and it is known to cause it. I will be seeing a new pcp on April 3. But does this weakness just keep getting worse? It feels like it is. Any one else have experience with it. Hopefully the new pcp will find me something that works better or i will need to try pain management again.

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   Posted 3/26/2017 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Mom, you may want to call your pharmacist & ask him about the muscle weakness. They know medications better than drs do. I know some folks have had some stomach issues with it.

Take care.
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cntrymom
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   Posted 3/27/2017 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I just want to go back to the way I was before they started messing with my pain meds. This really sucks!

cntrymom
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   Posted 3/27/2017 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I have been praying and it came to me last night that I was taking potassium vitamins before all this new medicine changes and then it dawned on me that this diclofenec is diclofenec potassium and that might be causing the weakness, nausea and tired. Tired is kind of hard to say because I get that anyway. So I stopped the vitamins. My daughter who is studying nursing and my nurse friend said I should be fine but it's scary.

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pitmom
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   Posted 3/28/2017 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Was this the new p.m. doc? Did he/she ask about any supplements you may be taking?

This can affect your contract.

If you are not completely honest about whatever you are taking, it can be seen as 'dishonest' and get you dropped again. Many p.m. docs see it as 'self medicating' even if it is just a supplement.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

cntrymom
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   Posted 3/28/2017 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
No, it was the old PM doctor and she didn't ask about anything since last year. She didn't ever spend more than about 5 minutes with me. Since the first appt. I had told them about them about being put on topamax through email and birth control and I hadn't thought about the potassium at all. It wasn't intentional and I had asked my daughter about taking it before I started. It had to with the birth control they had put me on, because it can lower your potassium. I'm just a mess I know. That's why I am going to see a regular PCP MD before I see another PM. I'm just trying to get by until then. I know you all probably think I am crazy. I just get through one day at a time. I suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, as well as the other. My kids I was with for several years, from the time I was 18 mentally abused me and then groomed me along with my daughters and then abused them physically/sexually until my oldest was 14. But I won't get into that here..so suffice I'm a mess. I'm sorry for everything!

straydog
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   Posted 3/28/2017 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Mom, didn't you say that you are having surgery? Any news from your specialist on that?
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   Posted 3/28/2017 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
CountryMom:
Before you embark on establishing yourself with a new pain management physician you need to establish yourself and get settled with a trusting primary care doctor.

You need to have a physician sit with you and spend time listening to your narrative + receive a comprehensive physical exam + a review of all of your current medications and over the counter supplements.

Your problem is less that you need to go back on your prior pain medication and more that you and a PCP Need to untangle the web of medications that you are taking and look at your presenting symptoms to see what underlying condition(s) may be at play.

Some of your distress may be due to the interactions between medications that you are taking. Birth control medication is not benign and affects other aspects of the endocrine system beyond sex hormone levels.

Your prior exposure to corticosteroids leaves open the possibility of adrenal gland and cortisol disruption. Fatigue is a primary finding.

Begin with a PCP before you leap back into pain management. In your current state of grasping at straws, you run the risk of doing something misguided that would jeopardized a signed pain contact. - leaving you at the same point that you are now.
Karen
Pituitary failure, wide-spread endocrine dysfunction
Addison's disease
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cntrymom
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   Posted 3/28/2017 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Karen,

That's what I plan on doing.

And my gynecologist recommended I see a psychiatrist/therapist as well. I haven't seen one in years. Last one I was at said I wasn't "bad" enough at the time. I didn't have insurance then and now insurance is so much red tape and it is still not cheap, but I think it's going to be something I look at as well. She had said that hormonal changes of menopausal can cause flashbacks. I have had the call for the referral for the PM but I have not called them back.

My appt for the new PCP is April 3. So I am trying to hold out until then and hoping and doing a lot of praying until then that I can get out what needs to be said. I'm not always good at that. I have a tendency to ramble or not say anything.

So any prayers would be appreciated as well. Thanks.

cntrymom
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   Posted 3/28/2017 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Susie,

No, I'm not having surgery. I had a shoulder surgery last year. But nothing at this time thank goodness. At least not yet. lol

straydog
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   Posted 3/28/2017 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Mom, I got you confused with another member, lol. Lets hope this new PCP can get to the root of what is causing what & get you the appropriate treatment needed. This will not happen in one appt either & much of it may be by a process of elimination to get real answers.
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   Posted 3/29/2017 5:21 AM (GMT -6)   
CntyMom:
The Affordable Care Act and provisions providing expanded MediCaid have survived assault of repeal. - at least for the immediate future. Take advantage of the ACA and its provisions.

There is no extensive "red tape" (your quote).

Most individuals receive premium payment assistance from the government.

As far as being expensive, I know finances are individual for each person. But one MRI without insurance is over $1,000. One new patient visit with a specialist $450 or more.

I have had extensive medical care that would have bankrupt me without the fact that I have always made it a point to have comprehensive medical insurance. Costs associated with medical care and pharmaceutical drugs have grown exponentially since the 1980's and beyond.

Each state provides what are called "insurance navigators" to guide people in the selecting a medical insurance plan off of the open exchange and determining eligibility for federal assistance toward premium reimbursement or MediCaid eligibility. Working with an insurance navigator will not cost you a penny - the expenses of providing the navigators is collectively borne by the insurance industry providers.

I urge you to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act and expanded MediCade and contact an insurance navigator to hand-hold you theough the process.
- Karen -
Pituitary failure, wide-spread endocrine dysfunction
Addison's disease
Mixed connective tissue disorder
Extensive intestinal perforation with sepsis, permanent ileostomy
Avascular necrosis of both hips and jaw
Receiving Palliative Care (care and comfort)

Post Edited ((Seashell)) : 3/29/2017 5:33:25 AM (GMT-6)

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