Hey everyone, there are a lot of new "faces" on our board! I'm sorry I've been away for so long. Just needed a break to clear my head and "deal". Lots of issues with my anxiety, depression, etc. I'm getting weekly therapy and it's helping me more than I thought it would.
I started on Plaqunil at the beginning of September. In October, I started to experience a lot of what looked like MS symptoms. They're getting worse, and today I finally made an appointment with my primary. I see him on Tuesday. While researching my symptoms I came across the possibility that they're not MS, but possibly a reaction to the Plaquenil. There is an incidence of "abnormal nerve conduction" with it. I'm jerking and spasming constantly. It's horrible. I have a pile of other MS symptoms that don't seem to be Plaquenil side effects. The other medication that might be causing all my problems is Elavil (Amitriptyline). I've taken 20mg of it for years, but my psychiatrist has slowly been increasing it to help with my depression and sleep. I'm at 50mg now. The side effect that sometimes appears is "dysarthria(speech dificulties), and extrapyramidal reactions (movement).
All of these symptoms started after beginning the Plaquenil, and raising the Elavil dose. Coincidence? Hmmmmmm.
The tonic movements, muscle spasms, problems talking, lack of coordination, major cognitive imparement and sometimes trouble swallowing are some of the other symptoms I'm getting that are also MS symptoms.
Has anyone had this type of reaction with Plaquenil or Elavil? I'd be happy to hear everyone's story. It might help put the pieces together for me and stop the guesswork!
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35 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety, PTSD. Prednisone, Imuran, Plaqunil, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6,
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