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Old 12-04-2018, 10:13 AM   #1
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Question HCTZ and joint/ligament/muscle pain

Hi, all
I've been on 25 mg of HCTZ since May, after getting side effects from Lisinopril, Losartan and Norvasc.

All of them brought my BP down into the 120/85 - 130/90 range after being in the 160s/100s, including the HCTZ I'm on now.

What I'm wondering is if anyone who is on HCTZ has experienced joint/ligament/muscle pain. I've been having a perplexing problem with my left knee, where I get a fairly constant sharp pain on the inside near my kneecap. I spoke to my doctor about it and got an x-ray, which diagnosed mild arthritis, and a prescription for 6 weeks of PT, which helped. I am continuing with the exercises, but the pain is always worse at night and makes it difficult to sleep soundly. When getting out of bed in the morning, I'm always very stiff, as I am if I sit too long. The usual OTC pain meds don't really help much. I read that one of the major side effects of HCTZ is gout, yet my knee is not red and there's only very mild swelling that comes and goes. The sharp pain in my knee does not seem to feel like it's originating from the bone, but rather a ligament. I suspect I may have sprained or torn something near my kneecap.

My thoughts are that I didn't have this particular problem when I was on the other BP meds. Is it possible that this is a side effect of HCTZ? I know I also have to watch that my potassium and magnesium intake stays steady, because HCTZ depletes both elements.

Anyway, if anyone has any thoughts about this, I'd love to hear them.

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:23 AM   #2
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Re: HCTZ and joint/ligament/muscle pain

It could be HCTZ or it could be something else. I had the same type of pain in my hip and knee, but only in bed. Changing diet has helped, plus an otc cream for joint pain helps when needed.

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:40 AM   #3
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Re: HCTZ and joint/ligament/muscle pain

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It could be HCTZ or it could be something else. I had the same type of pain in my hip and knee, but only in bed. Changing diet has helped, plus an otc cream for joint pain helps when needed.
Thanks for your reply. I also use an OTC cream at night when I need to. Are you still on HCTZ? What did your doc say if you told him or her about it?

 
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