Is there pain with MS?

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 1/29/2007 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a member of the arthritis group and have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthrtis but I have a few questions.  It seems treatment is not working yet unless I am on steroids and then I do pretty good.  But lately my limbs don't feel like they want to work as I want them too.  After exercise my legs feel like they are too heavy for me to lift and I don't seem to have the strength in my arms.  This doesn't happen all the time and it doesn't have to be exercise related either.  Mostly the issues are with my legs, they just feel heavy and weak but I hurt too in my joints so arthritis is likely an issue aswell.  I had an MRI done way back when when I complained about tripping over my feet and things being off but they said it was fine and told me I was crazy.  Finally, I do have a diagnosis for the pain but not one for the oddities that keep happening.  My mental awareness is off, I do not speak clearly or well all the time like things get jumbled, not quite stuttering but close.  I have a hard time with memory or recalling someone's name... things I used to be able to do in a snap.  Something just isn't right yet I cannot put my finger on it.... oh right I also suffer from mood swings not bad just go from normal to quite and irritable just like that.  
Please tell me what you think, I am a bit concerned but not sure where to look or if I should just let things go and continue with the rheummy.
Thank you
dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Duration: 10yrs. Dx'ed 2006.  Asthma, hypertension, hypothyroid
Meds: Methotrexate 20mg wkly, Prednisone 20mg decreasing,  Advair 250/50, Diovan HCT 160mg/25mg QD, Synthroid .1mg QD, Women's One a Day, tylenol PRN.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 1/29/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Theresa,

    Goodness I'm sorry you are experiencing pain, and to answer your question yes some people with MS also have pain and in fact it can be quite similar to that of RA, weakness as well.  The causes of pain and the target areas are different though, MS does not effect the joints at all.  How long have you been on the methotrexate?  Some of the medications for RA take months to work unfortunately.  I remember when I was diagnosed with RA (my husband is the one with MS) and they put me on predisone I felt wonderful! When they weaned me off it though the pain came right back and it was months before I felt any relief from the Plaquenil. 

    I see you are taking prednisone at the moment.  Do you think your mood swings could be from that?  Prednisone is known for causing irritability and emotional upset in some people.  Pain itself too can cause irritability problems.  Just dealing with pain issues themselves can be hard, but add what might seem to be minor additional issues and tempers are likely to flare up.  Also, not saying that you do, but if you have any issues with stress or depression that can also contribute to irritability and memory issues. 

   When do you go to see your rheumy next?  It certainly is possible to have more than one issue going on at once, but if you are early in your treatment for RA it might just need more time.  Best of luck and I hope you get some relief soon.  If you have any further questions we'd be more than happy to help.


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