Anyone experience Post-Covid Inflammatory Arthritis?

Posted by leezer @leezer, Apr 7, 2021

Has anyone here experienced an increase in joint pain, elevated sed rate post Covid? I have been told I have a type of inflammatory arthritis post infection. Methyltrexate injections for 4 months has not really brought about a BIG improvement.

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Hello @leezer. I am sorry to hear about your post-COVID diagnosis. In order to connect you with others who may have a similar experience or who could provide support, you will notice that I have edited your post title slightly and also included it in the Bones, Joints & Muscles Group as well.

Had you had any arthritis symptoms or diagnoses of any sort pre-COVID or is this all new?

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Hi @amanajro
Thanks for moving my post to the right area. I have had arthritic symptoms, positive ANA’s wax and wane for over 20 years with no definitive diagnosis. Hope you have a great Thursday and weekend!

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@leezer and other patients with Rheumatic conditions may find the following article shared with me by @hopeful33250 helpful.

Op-Ed: Rheumatic Patients Should Proceed Cautiously After COVID Vax — Certain patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease remain particularly vulnerable: https://www.medpagetoday.com/rheumatology/generalrheumatology/92255

The above article has a link to the following guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology:
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Summary for Patients with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.rheumatology.org/Portals/0/Files/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinical-Guidance-Rheumatic-Diseases-Summary.pdf

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@johnbishop

@leezer and other patients with Rheumatic conditions may find the following article shared with me by @hopeful33250 helpful.

Op-Ed: Rheumatic Patients Should Proceed Cautiously After COVID Vax — Certain patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease remain particularly vulnerable: https://www.medpagetoday.com/rheumatology/generalrheumatology/92255

The above article has a link to the following guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology:
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Summary for Patients with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.rheumatology.org/Portals/0/Files/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinical-Guidance-Rheumatic-Diseases-Summary.pdf

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Thanks John – I bookmarked this. Interesting to know they are watching and measuring. Have you found any similar research for the vaccine and PN?
Sue

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@sueinmn

Thanks John – I bookmarked this. Interesting to know they are watching and measuring. Have you found any similar research for the vaccine and PN?
Sue

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Here are a few COVID vaccine and neuropathy related research I've found but haven't thoroughly read yet…

— Information on COVID-19 and Neuropathy: https://neuropathycommons.org/information-covid-19-and-neuropathy
— Coronavirus and the Nervous System: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Current-Research/Coronavirus-and-NINDS/nervous-system
— Peripheral Nervous System Manifestations Associated with COVID-19: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11910-021-01102-5
— Guillain-Barre After COVID-19 Vaccine: Case Report — Clinical trial participant recovered after IVIG treatment
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/91969

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Has anyone had pain after covid in their prosthetic joint ? I have a left THR in 2013. Covid hit 11-2020. I had frequent stem pain with exercise, weather changes. Sometime it’s so bad I use crutches. My orthopedic MD doesn’t know what to do with me? Can I join a study to help myself snd others?

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I have had arthritis in my hands and other joints. Months after coming down with Covid, the pain has increased and the areas of pain have expanded. I never put 2 and 2 together that Covid could be the cause. I know I need to chat with my family doctor. Presently I only use CBD cream and Tylenol when it gets unbearable.

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I had a big increase in joint pain after the two Pfizer injections. PLaces that had hurt a good bit (like knee joint) began to feel like they were being stabbed by a knife. It lasted about 2 months but I have never gotten back to where I was before the inoculations. I do a lot of research among medical articles online, and I found one saying that some people began having auto-immune symptoms after having covid itself, so there has to be a connection.

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@patsing78

I had a big increase in joint pain after the two Pfizer injections. PLaces that had hurt a good bit (like knee joint) began to feel like they were being stabbed by a knife. It lasted about 2 months but I have never gotten back to where I was before the inoculations. I do a lot of research among medical articles online, and I found one saying that some people began having auto-immune symptoms after having covid itself, so there has to be a connection.

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I experienced the same after the Pfizer injections, but I had learned what to do. I had an even worse inflammatory flare after the quadravalent flu vaccine last year and it was tamed by a course of steroids. No similar experience with the booster.
Sue

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@connie1977

I have had arthritis in my hands and other joints. Months after coming down with Covid, the pain has increased and the areas of pain have expanded. I never put 2 and 2 together that Covid could be the cause. I know I need to chat with my family doctor. Presently I only use CBD cream and Tylenol when it gets unbearable.

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My 41yo daughter developed rheumatoid arthritis as part of her post Covid experience. It took massive amounts of steroids to tame it and now she uses a biologic to control it.
Sue

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@patsing78

I had a big increase in joint pain after the two Pfizer injections. PLaces that had hurt a good bit (like knee joint) began to feel like they were being stabbed by a knife. It lasted about 2 months but I have never gotten back to where I was before the inoculations. I do a lot of research among medical articles online, and I found one saying that some people began having auto-immune symptoms after having covid itself, so there has to be a connection.

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I hurt in my joints and muscles more than ever. I do get some relief in water. I water walk, hot tub and Epsom salt baths. But out of the water i hurt everything seems to take more physical and mental effort.

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@nant

I hurt in my joints and muscles more than ever. I do get some relief in water. I water walk, hot tub and Epsom salt baths. But out of the water i hurt everything seems to take more physical and mental effort.

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@nant, @sueinmn, and others…Sue, I'm so sorry your daughter had such a reaction and developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. Good ole' steroids, right? They saved my life many years ago, and have saved me from the recurring Sarcoid flares and bronchitis, and such. I need them now for the joint and muscle pain.

I had the booster a couple of weeks ago and pretty severe reactions – similar to the reaction to the 2nd Moderna vaccine. Nothing from 1st shot, 2nd put me in bed for 2 days with fever, sweats, chills, headache, extreme fatigue, and extreme muscle/joint pain.

The booster, I now call it the stupid booster – was a mess for me. I had similar symptoms the evening I rec'd the shot. My skin was hot to touch, discomfort all over, chills, fever, my face was bright red, and again a severe increase in pain, both joints, and muscle.

I'm hurting now, 2 weeks later, more than I have in years. Joints and muscles. I think it caused the fibromyalgia to flare and I know it caused my arthritis to flare significantly- my shoulders, upper/lower/mid back ache, and then have debilitating pain. I'm so frustrated with this reaction! I'm so over Covid! No more for me. I'll get an annual vaccination like I do with flu but no more now.

We all have to take the measures we deem important to protect ourselves. I've done that, as I have multiply co-morbidities and know the vaccine is smart for me. But I think it's nuts to continue with more boosters or a new vaccine for every variant. It's time to get back to living. So, I'm living again, going out if I feel like it to have coffee or lunch with a friend. Hopefully, I'll begin the pool therapy again soon, which helps reduce the body pain and strengthens my muscle. I hope to begin mall walking, but, at the moment, I'm hurting too much. Only the warm pool will help now.

I reported the reactions to the Mayo Clinic Covid nurse last week. She wanted me to go to the Ed, which I refused. I called her to report symptoms for their research.

All this from the shots. I don't think I would have survived the actual virus. So, thankful for the vaccines.
Blessings to all…elizabeth

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