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Sun, Aug 23 3:54pm · Stroke medication: Taking Eliquis to reduce risk of stroke in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

I am off of Eliquis and just take a baby 81mg aspirin every day. I have been on Lipitor for 12 years and Synthroid forever….and metoprolol. I too, am very sensitive to all drugs…

Sun, Aug 23 1:54pm · Stroke medication: Taking Eliquis to reduce risk of stroke in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

Hii Elegantgem…CeCe 55 responding….In answer to your question of Eliquis adjusting over time…it was my experience that the body aches never got worse or better over the year I took it. It was amazing that in just 2 to 3 days of being off of Eliquis for my dental surgery, the body aches went away. Could you ask your cardiologist for an Eliquis vacation of a week just to see if that is what is causing pain? For surgeries and some dental work, the time frame is usually 5 to 7 days of being without Eliquis and no one seems concerned. I came off of it in one day with no side effects. Just a thought… If I had to go on a blood thinner again, I would try another one. My heart goes out to you…I know what the pain feels like.

Sat, Aug 22 10:39am · Stroke medication: Taking Eliquis to reduce risk of stroke in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

Hi! This is CeCe 55 with a response. I was put on Eliquis after two AFIB events in 2017. I wear a Loop Recorder so that my cardiologist can monitor my irregular heart beat that I have had since birth. I went approximately one year without an event so thankfully he took me off of Eliquis and put me on one baby aspirin along with metoprolol 12.5 x 3 per day. I seem to react to medicines with more intensity than most and anything stronger that 12.5 metoprolol really brings my heart rate and blood pressure down very low. When I was on Eliquis, the only side effect that I had was terrible body aches. I told my cardiologist this and I have even been on Mayo Connect about this. No one else had experienced this. My pharmacist looked it up and sure enough it is a rare side effect. At the end of last year I had dental surgery and they had to stop Eliquis for a week. Within two days my body aches stopped. In January I was taken off it. I pray I never have to go back on again but it did it's job. Elegantgem…you are the first person who has also had the body aches. I feel your pain. Bless You.

Sat, Mar 28 4:15pm · Does the CPAP Mask cause puffiness and dark circles under your eyes? in Sleep Health

Hello John,

I found the same post last night when I decided to research this. I did try to loosen my mask last night but did not get a good night's sleep. I kept waking up and adjusting it. The Air Vent on my mask does not direct the air to my eyes…I might have blocked ducts…only an opthamologist could probably advise. I just am surprised at how I look, being that I am getting 7 to 8 hours of great sleep per night. I don't look refreshed…but I feel fine.

I came across quite a bit of posts about the same problem with other CPAP users but wanted to try MayoConnect and all my CPAP friends who always have such great advice.

Thank You…CeCe55

Sat, Mar 28 3:56pm · Does the CPAP Mask cause puffiness and dark circles under your eyes? in Sleep Health

Thank you for responding so quickly! I do drink quite a bit of water before bed. I have never tied the two together. There are some pills that I have to take with a full glass of water and most of the time I drink Sleepy Time Tea before bed. I will try to reduce the water and see what happens.

As for the heated tube, I have always used it and the humidifier but I raised the number during the winter. In north Florida it can still get cold…it is not cold anymore! It is 92 right now! 🙂 I will bring the heat and humidifier all the way down and limit water and see what happens.

I am curious as to what John Bishop will say. He really helped me in my early months of tolerating the CPAP.

I don't like these raccoon eyes….but again…there are more important things to worry about.

Thanks again…CeCe55

Sat, Mar 28 2:52pm · Does the CPAP Mask cause puffiness and dark circles under your eyes? in Sleep Health

Hello all my fellow CPAP users! I haven't posted anything in quite a while. I started using my CPAP in January of 2019 and you were such a help to me. I had 27 events an hour and am now down to 2.5. It has been a successful year and I am grateful to everyone that has helped me.

I have a question. I use a Resmed Swift FX for her nasal mask. It is very light and comfortable. I use the humidifier and a heated tube. I have noticed in the last 4 to 5 months that I am waking up with puffiness under my eyes and dark circles. I have a family hereditary factor of this and have always had a problem but not like this. I also don't know if it is just age….I asked my sleep doctor and he said if the mask was not pressing on my eye area, which it is not…then the mask is not the problem. The venting is not pouring air into my eye areas either.

Has anyone experienced this problem? I lowered the humidity and heat in my machine last night since it is no longer cold in Florida, hoping that would help. I would appreciate feedback.

I do apologize for such a vain problem when we have more serious worries in our world right now.

Thanks everyone… CeCe55

Sat, Mar 28 10:44am · Questions about Eliquis in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi Catmom…I have been on Eliquis 5 MG twice daily for 2 1/2 months. I had a headache for the first week but it went away. I have not had any symptoms except hip, lower back and now knee aches and pains. It has been hard to tell if this is a symptom or not because I have had existing problems with my hip and lower back for years. The difference is I cannot take Advil to buffer the pain. The knees are new as of this week. I use ice, physical therapy, and Tylenol to deal with it. The knees have made me wonder if this is really a side effect because I have not had this problem before.

I went and talked to my Pharmacist whom I have used for the last ten years and trust explicitly. Pharmacists know more than docs when it comes to drugs. He spent quite a bit of time looking up the joint pain and told me it is a 1 to 10% chance of side effect. He said that if my joints were not red or swollen, it was something I might have to get used to because the only other drug that is as effective is Zorelto and he said Eliquis was better. It's frustrating, because for all I know, I might switch and then have different or more side effects. He did say that just like my headache, my body might get used to the drug and the pain might go away. I am praying… This did not happen until way into the second month. He said sometimes it takes a while to get side effects because the level of the Eliquis is not high enough in your blood stream or body until a certain point.

I wish I didn't have to take this or any blood thinner but I don't want a stroke and want to enjoy my life and grandchildren…so I still exercise and go to yoga,
eat correctly and drink plenty of water and try to just live my life.

Blessings to you and I hope your side effects pass and you feel better.


Dec 16, 2019 · AFib - Question about blood thinners in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hello Group,

I have AFib and am presently on Metoporal and 5MG Eliquis twice a day. Per my doctor and my pharmacist, I understand that I cannot take Advil or like medicines. What is left to take when you are in pain and have inflammation? Tylenol works very minimally for me and does not work at all on inflammation problems. Any advice?

Thank You…CeCe55