I am taking the Teriparatide injection for Severe Osteoporosis. It fairly fine for the first month. I think. It is not painful to inject and it was actually easier to remember to do. Easier than taking the Fosomax pill which was icky beyond belief.
After 3 weeks I started to get some aches and pains in my legs. Charlie Horses, pain behind the knee, pain in front of the knee, what felt like shin splints [if you ever have been a runner]. I wrote the issues off to the fact that I was hiking looking for morels and gardening more.
Then I realized that I was not actually hiking more or being more active at all. In fact I was so tired some of the time I'd elect to take a nap rather than get out and do yard work.
Sunday night it came to a head. I'd had a great day. But after sitting for a bit and watching Rich's new favorite series -- Wicked Tuna -- my leg and hands started to hurt more. My hands I'd written off to all the gardening and the Heberden and Bouchard nodes [arthritis of the finger joints] just being angry at pulling weeds. But they also felt swollen. I had a hard time picking small items up.
OH NO! How was I to mess with my tiny Lego People and my Squatch! HMMM???
Yeah, my mind is strange.
By bedtime I could barely walk.
I hurt so badly that I decided not to take an injection. It hurt too much to even walk into the other room.
By midnight I was sobbing in pain, wondering how to resolve this issue. Did I drive to the local ER? No! I couldn't leave my hubby along in case...well, in case something went terribly wrong.
I used ice, I used heat, I elevated the leg. I rubbed it, stripped it and found out that the only way to stop my pain was to simply stand up and stand still.
This MADE no sense. Sorry for the shout out. But it made no sense and I was so worn out from the pain and from the worry. NO way was I going to stand all night.
Ok. So I looked up the medication I am taking. It works by activating the parathyroid in your body to produce hormones that will build your bones. That sounds like a miracle.
Side note. If your parathyroid is over active it can cause something called hyperparathyroidism which leads to Hyercalcemia. Big Words for some icky feelings. That is my oversimplification.
Bone pain, muscle weakness, muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue,...side effects from this medication can cause bone pain, muscle pain, fatigue, brain fog, increased thirst, ... well you know how those labels read don't you? There is always a mile long list of things you really need to know...but don't want to know.
That all said, it remains to be seen if the medication is doing its proper work or am I suffering from a side effect that caused my parathyroid to release too much calcium into my bloodstream which causes more injury than it helps and can eventually cause well...
One shouldn't look this sh-t up in the middle of the night when they are suffering from pain, right? But we all do it in the internet age. Was I over reacting? I don't know. But in the middle of the night
the boogey man likes to visit those sleep deprived minds.
8AM rolled around and I called the nurse at the Endocrinology department. She asked several questions and I answered.
Pain level at its worst? Can it be more than 10? Can it be passing out bad?
She said she'd get back to me after talking with the doctor.
I waited all day. I gimped around the house and sat in my partially completed flower garden. By afternoon I decided to put pillows up under my legs and take more Tylenol.
Later I went back outside to plant some seeds and wait.
I gimped up the hill to water the mules. I gimped around to move the goat and the pony.
I skipped another injection. This medication doesn't stay in your system for long periods of time.
So I am doing my own experiment.
The pain level was 10 on Sunday night.
The pain level was 8 all day yesterday.
I can walk today. I have stiffness in the leg and a minor ache.
Pain level this morning? Like a 3!
I am not in agony.
I'm very curious as to what the doctor will have to say to me if the nurses ever decide to call back.
Today? I have other things to do.
Charlie goes in for a tooth extraction! How that little dog cracked a tooth is beyond me.
So it goes.