I'm a 47 y/o female and was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6 but I did not take the meds, (can't remember why). At age 44 I decided to get tested and was diagnosed as having ADHD (of the inattentive type). I've also suffered from anxiety all of my life. Since beginning Adderall XR 15 mg, now 20 mg for 2 months, I have been experiencing muscle pain, cramping/tightening and weakness. Adderall changed my life for the better, (except for the pain if that's the cause). Not thinking that my pain was caused by this med my Dr. began sending me to one specialist after another, a Psychologist, 2 Psychiatrists, a Neuro Surgeon, a Spine Specialist, a Neurologist, and a Rheumatologist. All specialist say there is nothing wrong. I've had a CT scan, 4 MRIs, a nerve test and several X-Rays. All show no abnormalities. I've had 4 months of physical therapy, 1 yr. of Chiropractic care and spent thousands of dollars on in home equipment to ease the pain. Nothing has helped and I refuse to take pain relievers, I don't believe covering up the problem is the answer... Recently, I was told by my Rheumatologist that I had "Myofacial Pain". REALLY?! I'm no Dr. but I believe that was the reason WHY I made the appt. to see him. What I'd like to know is the cause of my pain... :/ Needless to say, I'm completely frustrated and becoming increasingly depressed. It hurts to do simple household chores, I rarely leave my home, and out of desperation I spend up to 10 hrs a day on the internet looking for answers. I'm beginning to wonder if the Adderall XR is the cause. Has anyone else experienced these issues while on this med? If so, what ADHD med were you switched to? PLEASE HELP!!! (Sorry for the lengthy question) Thanks!
16 Aug 2011
yes! Adderall cam cause muscle tightness and pain. especially in the back and shoulders and neck. it doesn't affect me this way, but it effects one of my good friends this way. try cutting back, then going off of it for a couple wks and see if you see any improvement.
24 Oct 2011
Saw this - had to respond. Am 41 y/o male - almost same experience.
- Been on adderall IR for last 7/8 yrs, then switched to XR about 6 months ago. about 2x yr would go to dr complaining of a sinus infection or tooth pain but couldn't ever find the cause. Have had 4 root canals on the right side of my mouth - so much pain I wanted root canals!
- After last root canal, pain didn't go away. Have been to ENT, neurologist, pain specialist - and my primary - trying to find the cause. Plus referred to psychologist for anxiety. Plus 2 oral surgeons to confirm the issue isn't with my teeth. Had CT scan which came up clean.
- With all of the MDs, have been to chiropractor, acupuncture, guy that does "neuro-rehab" massage/body work with stroke patients. thousands and thousands of dollars.
- The neurologist and pain specialist calls it a neuralgia - nerve inflammation, either in my trigeminal or occipital nerves, and likely due to muscle tension and compression of nerves over years. But - no one can seem to tell me why my muscles are so tight in my back and neck, and even after chiro, massage, etc - the tension just comes right back.
- The pain DR. gave me an occipital nerve block last week, which has helped a bit with the back of my head and neck. And next would be botox to help the muscles relax.
- No one, but no one has suggested it could be the adderall.
- But last week I got a wild idea and thought "gee, I wonder if it's been the the adderrall, and these mystery toothaches and sinus infections got much much worse after switching to XR. let me check online and see if anyone else reports the same thing?" Well lo and behold, seems like I'm not the only one.
- and I totally agree, it screws with your mind.
- So I've asked my Dr. to move off of Addrerall and to Focalin or something that's not such a CNS stimulant to see if we can decrease the muscle tightness.
- But I have nothing to share yet on getting either the muscles to release or nerves to stop hurting. Will report when I do. good luck to you.
13 Nov 2012
Your dosage is probably too powerful for your body to handle. (size/weight)
Try switching to non-XR. I was initially prescribed 30mg of xr daily. However after about 4 months, I began to experience cramping & tightness in my neck, back & sometimes horrific headaches. I found temporary relief in stretching and yoga type movements. Finally, I decided to decrease the adderall build up in my and switched to non-xr 25mg twice or three times daily. That was the cure for me. Your dr. shouldn't have problem switching. Hope it works for you too. Adderall is great.
25 Oct 2013
I was recently given adderall 20mg XR (taking 1 capsule daily) in genetic form to help me focus better since going back to college and working full-time. begantherwise healthy and have never been on any medications before. I'm only on day 2 and have been experiencing horrible upper thigh muscle pain, neck pain and dull headaches.
The headaches started the first capsule night while trying to sleep so I contributed that to maybe it wearing off. I woke up with that same headache and neck pain began. I went to work and it took 2 Tylenol, 1 Claritin, 3 Advil to bring it to a mild headache by that afternoon! Leg pain began morning of day 2 and has been constant. Im on Day 3, and skeptical to take my 3rd capsule So yes I'm attributing these symptoms to Adderall XR and will put a call in to my physican asap. I'll let you all know if these side effects are temporary or not!
1 Apr 2014
I have been taking Adderall XR for nine years now and for the past six years I have had suffered with a lot of shoulder/neck tension. It's very frustrating; I have tried many many things and have finally found the answer! YOGA- yoga yoga! Yoga has truely been magical for me and I am amazed at how much better I feel when I go at least five days a week. I have also switched to eating a very low sugar and low-next to zero gluten diet. I have noticed that rice also causes tension. My diet and yoga have worked wonders for my body! Good luck. :)
13 May 2014
I've been on 30mg of Vyvance for about 6 months. I'm so thankful I found you guys. I will stop Vyvance immediately! I woke up 10 days ago with painful stiff joints. (Ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists). I felt like a 90 year old osteoarthritic woman. It was so bad I couldn't take the cap off a water bottle. My hands swelled some I couldn't get my wedding ring off. The last two days until I woke up with excruciating muscle pain in my upper extremities, shoulder blades and posterior neck. I originally thought it was endocrine being that I have Hashimoto's, however, was encouraged to go to the ER. All my labs came back normal. CBC and differential, ANA, CRP, Sed rate, etc. also my TSH was normal. Ibuprofen originally helped the joint pain but not the muscle pain. They prescribed Vicodin. That made it tolerable. I've seen my GP and an internist since then who just referred me to a rheumatologist. However, it sounds like there is no need to go there. It has to be the VYVANCE! Thank you all soooo much! I had to post this to inform others as well.
30 May 2014
I get these types of symptoms with any stimulant: diet pills, etc. Just started on Adderall and will see how it goes. Decided to start on a low dose: only 10 mg/day. I have already noticed lower leg pain.
So it is stimulants, not just the med. I chalk it up to adrenal burn-out. I have only had these things since high stress events that caused my adrenals to fry. So go to an endocrinologist.
Also, the way I manage my adrenals and all the myofascial issues that go along with that condition is I see a holistic doctor that gives me natural supplements that greatly reduce my misery. I mean like you wouldn't believe. AND for muscle pain and tension she has a class IV laser she uses on me. Works miracles!! Forget the thousands of dollars for MDs and expensive tests. They will get you nowhere. Find someone who has a class IV laser, gives nutritional support for adrenal burn-out, and is well practiced at applied kinesiology. that's the key.
Natural supplements that help: licorice root, Spanish black radish, organically bound minerals, drenamin, magnesium, celtic sea salt - a tsp or so melted in water that you gag down. Keep hydrated, eat well, avoid caffeine as much as possible, yoga. Also Rescue Remedy. And the Class IV laser will greatly reduce muscle tension.( look for those who own them at k-laserusa.com)
No, I don't rep any of these things. They have all worked wonders for me for years. Without an applied kinesiologist/naturopathic doctor, you won't be happy. MD's cannot do a dang thing for you.
22 Aug 2014
Just got my vyvanse dose upped from 20 mg to 40. My butt and thighs don't hurt they just have the weirdest tingling/hard/numb sensation. And I almost feel high like fuzzy. But to totally contradict that this is the only dosage that has been able to properly help me with my attention issues which are severely ruining my grades so the meds are necessary. Any tips on how to lessen the symptoms?
24 Aug 2014
It amazes me how I find the right information at the right time. I am currently on my second day of not taking Adderall . I am scheduled to see my doctor soon but I suspect I will not be refilling the prescription. Adderall is very helpful but since starting over several months ago I have been experiencing gradual increase in stiffness and soreness in my neck,lower back, hip, and inner thigh near groin. The pain radiates from lower back, inner thigh , down to the knee. Since I have not been on the medication for 2 days the pain is improving. So I will let you know if it is completely gone in the future because this happens on and off and I suspect it is Adderall but not sure. I am scheduled for physical therapy Sept 2 and will see my doctor soon on the 28 of August. The weird part is that there has been no recent injuries and like mentioned above it gradually increased during Adderall use. Maybe we are on to something but I will still get it checked out by Doctor.
29 Sep 2014
I would agree. The Stimulants I have tried cause muscles issues, mainly in my neck. We've tried 4 meds..At first was on adderall.. Severe neck pain developed on about week 2... Went to ER pain was unbearable (not knowing it could be from meds)Tests showed extreme muscle spasms. Stopped meds on my own and was pain free. Saw doc& explained issues.. He
switched me to concerta same day within an hour muscle pain started... We stopped that one& tried vyvanse.. now I'm on focalin and wouldn't you know... Neck pain is still an issue, headache& sometimes swallowing an issue ! This is even on low dose( 10mg)
On days I don't take meds I never have any of those issues. So I know it's the stimulants I'm reacting to. My Doc thinks it's really uncommon but he agrees that these stimulants are what's causing my issues.
It stinks because I'm a mom of 3 kiddos& a full time college student. The add meds help me focus& complete tasks but this neck pain isn't worth it! Also, no pain meds or muscles relaxers help much.. But once the stimulants have worn off I'm good.
My 15 yr old son has been on add meds for almost 2 years and it has helped him tremendously with his add &thankfully he has never had any issues but if he did I would let doc know& we would take him off.
20 Nov 2014
I have been on adderall for 5 weeks now. 15 mg of immediate release, twice a day. I am 32 in good health and moderately active. Since I started taking adderall I'm happy to say that my mind is finally able to focus. I am very happy with the drug, BUT I started experiencing muscle spasms in my legs and back after 2 weeks of taking it. Also, when I physically pushed myself harder than I normally would (raked two large yards full of leaves), I blew my back out the next day so severely that I was bed ridden. Normally I would just be sore. It took me about a week to recover when it would have only taken a couple days before. Adderall just seems to leach something out of my muscles that makes them prone to spasms and strains. I have been eating less so there could be a protein deficiency. I have increased my protein significantly to see if that helps.
30 Jan 2015
I wanted to comment that I get the same impression as the person above regarding hydration. I'm a 44 year old male I've been on various doses from 10mg to 30mg 3 times a day after having my hyerparathyroid adenoma removed to help with the severe fatigue(15+ years tumor) the ache and weakness reminds me of the muscle fatigue and ache from lactic acid... For those of you that work out no doubt you're accustomed to this feel from morning after workout soreness. It reminds me of almost the same overall feeling as when you have a layoff from exercise/workouts and start back the second day soreness which seems the peak after a workout. Recently Im back to exercising to aid recovery(slow to start) and am walking about 5-6 miles a day every day since I got my Fitbit a week ago.
Honestly it's far worse I've noticed after I actually get a good/regenerative sleep so I am assuming that's when the body is trying to acting on the muscles.
It would be interesting to see if someone got their lactic acid levels measured when they are feeling this ache. Most days I can deal with it after my first dose when I wake 2-3 hours though to seemingly grind past the ache and get moving freely...
Last night I walked twice to make my second fitbit goal of 15000+ steps in a day which was 7.5 miles and right now as I write this I've been up about 2 hours and can barely walk took my aderall, ibuprofin and a extremely hot shower and am having a gatorade to see if the potassium and electrolytes help I assume if gatorade helps pedealite or similar would as well..
Not sure if this helps anyone else or your aches are similar to mine but I wish I had better answers because it is horrible having that "First day back in the gym ache" every single day... It becomes hard some days to have the will and drive to get up and grind through it and get out and walk for an hour to loosen it up..
One last thing as I know this has been wordy. Once I'm past it, an some days I admit I don't sleep much from the high doses of adderall I take but I have definitely noticed that if I only sleep a few hours and don't sleep well i.e. regenerative sleep I wake and don't feel the ache nearly as bad... Just something I noticed..Glad I found this as I was just chalking it up to my body being out of whack after 15+ years of extremely elevated calcium which plays a huge role in many of the neuromuscular functions of the body..
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