Gee whiz, that abdominal pain sounds dreadful. Especially for the length of time that you are experiencing it.
I had the same sounding pain in the middle of my abdomen, as you said, just below the breastbone. It was a bit concerning for me since it was painful and I hadn't experienced it there before. I didn't mention it, since it only lasted for about
30 seconds for me each time. I'd get up and walk around and it would disappear. If it had lasted as long as yours, I would have called up my Rheumy and asked for his advice and or even my Pharmacist and Xeljanz Nurse. That's what they are there for(among many other things). And NO, it doesn't sound crazy.
" Some people taking XELJANZ/XELJANZ XR can get tears in their stomach or intestines. This happens most often in people who also take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or methotrexate.
XELJANZ/XELJANZ XR should be used with caution in patients who may be at increased risk for gastrointestinal perforation (e.g., patients with a history of diverticulitis), or who have a narrowing within their digestive track. Patients should tell their healthcare provider right away if they have fever and stomach-area pain that does not go away or a change in bowel habits".
I was "born" constipated, so the meds I am on that cause constipation are usually a pain in the butt. I live on prunes, all-bran original, lots of water, fruits and veggies, and sometimes stool softeners. I presume that I have GI malformations, etc. like many do but that has been at the bottom of my condition/worry list. I figured Xeljanz was conflicting with my normal constipation issues. I have enough appointments and tests coming out of my ears without a GI appointment. I'll see later.
Diabetes is also highlighted with Xeljanz use since we are more prone to infections. Although Xeljanz is not a biologic, it does spread infections quickly. That is why the Rheumatologist in the ER took me off the Xeljanz
immediately, since my test results came back with Sepsis.
I had the pain in my temple area down to the neck for a week or two but it didn't affect my eye at any time.
I have to correct myself. I was at my Rheumy's last week and I also went for exrays on my hips an knees.
He mentioned that there was another JAK inhibitor like Xeljanz coming down the pipeline. It didn't have a name yet, just a number. I didn't ask which company. Take Care Peggy :) and I hope that that pain stays away and you do not have any other problems with Xeljanz.
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - Dry Eye - other stuff
Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - long acting Morphine - short acting Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Tears Naturelle II - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC
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