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pain in joints after stoppage of TB medicine

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Female age 40,suffering from pain in joints of knees,wrists and elbow. Actually , just after 6 months medical treatment of tuberculosis lymphandentis suddenly pain started from wrists just after sleep and it raised to knees and elbow joint. I fear that it is side effects of sudden stoppage of medicines of T.B. after treatment.Request to provide suggestion and also give preventive measures.

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replied September 18th, 2015
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Hello and welcome.

I appreciate your concern.

Common Anti-TB medications have their own peculiar adverse effects, such as Hepatitis, anemia, neuropathy, visual abnormalities, red-orange discoloration of body fluids. Stopping them suddenly or tapering them off gradually doesn't usually make a difference.

However, there is one Anti-Tb drug which is the pyrazinamide, that causes Hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia is a condition of increased levels of blood uric acid levels. It typically manifests as pain in large multiple joints. You should check your uric acid levels first thing in the morning.

There are other causes too leading to a polyarthritis like yours. For example, osteoarthritis, military tuberculosis, SLE, and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Get a booking with a rheumatologist for a complete evaluation of your symptoms and a correct diagnosis.

Hope it helps.


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