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I have taken Alendronic Acid for many years, but the side effects only hit me May this year.
I am in my sixties, but in April had been happily taking the tourist trail up Mt Vesuvius.
Suddenly I was getting excruciating pains in my knee, which no pain killers were doing anything to subdue I could hardly walk and
?sleep was well nigh impossible.
The doctors immediate reaction was arthritis, the x-ray results came back saying 'wear and tear, commensurate with age' and I was sent off to a physiotherapist.
I did the exercises and still the symptoms continued to flair, to the extent that I was sometimes house bound as I was in so much pain.
Then about a month ago, having gone to bed pretty much OK I woke at 3am with incredible pains in both my hands, nowhere else just my hands.
Six hours later the pain was still bad enough that I didn't know what to do with myself, in desperation I phoned the Athritis Trust in tears, trying to find answers.
The pains finally subsided around noon, nine hours after they started, touch wood, they have not returned.
However, by the end of that week, the muscles in my back were in the sort of state where I was housebound again, had to be helped to get into or out of a chair where I would be screaming because the pain was so bad and once again with the continuing pain in my knee, sleep was well nigh impossible.
Having no thought other than arthritis I requested I be tested for Rheumatoid arthritis as I couldn't understand the flairs and the speed of everything that was happening to me.
The test came back clear for Rheumatoid and everything else the doctor could think of testing me for.
I went to see him again last Tuesday when we went through things, like me he was perplexed, but determined to try and find some answers he said he would spend time going through my notes and get back to me.
Last Thursday morning I got a call from the Surgery instructing me to stop taking Alendronic Acid.
I didn't take the one I should have taken on the Friday morning and over the following three days I have started to feel better, not yet fully well, but definitely better and after being so bad, for so long, better is a wonderful place to be.
This is all new territory to me, but I hope things will continue to improve.
i am due to speak to the doctor again tomorrow and hopefully he will have found out more about recovery times and if there is any danger of lasting damage.
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