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Promacta and muscle pain? 1 month 1 week ago #67008

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I know one of the possible side-effects of Promacta is muscle pain. Has any of you Promacta users suffered from this? If so, where and how long? I've developed pains in my upper arms--below my shoulders--that don't seem to be connected to my swimming or other activities.

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Promacta and muscle pain? 1 month 1 week ago #67026

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Karen, I have upper arm pain too. But it started long before I was diagnosed with ITP. I've never mentioned it to a doctor because the pain is inconsistent, comes and goes, and not that bad. I finally spent some time trying to figure out what it might be. The best I could come up with was 'Polymyositis'. Here is the Wiki article on it.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymyositis
For me, this is the part most relevant.
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... Sometimes the weakness presents itself as ... an inability to raise one's arms above one's head.
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Does that describe what you are experiencing?

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Promacta and muscle pain? 1 month 1 week ago #67028

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Thanks, Hal, for responding. I can move my arms fine--most of the pain, ironically, comes when I try to sleep on my side--either side. Sometimes during the day I have serious pain there too--and then it disappears. I'm swimming a little less now as my arms do start to bother me after I do so many laps. I've not noticed, on this forum, that anyone has complained of Promacta-caused muscle pain.

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Promacta and muscle pain? 1 month 6 days ago #67038

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Yes. Sleeping on my side seems to make it worse. LOL, that was the tip I was going to follow up post back to you. But then, sleeping on ones back can be a problem in terms of 'sleep apnea'. Also, stretching seems to help.

I think, in that quote, what they were trying to say is raising one's arms causes pain - which is very odd in an anatomical sense.

On a side note. Since I've started taking Danazol all arm muscle pain has gone away. I suspect if I stop taking it, the pain will eventually come back. On Wiki it talks about how steroids are a first line treatment for Polymyositis.

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Promacta and muscle pain? 4 weeks 2 days ago #67120

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I have not experienced any muscle pain, but DID experience both dry eye and dry mouth. Ultimately, Promacta didn't work for me, much to my frustration.

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