A 40-year-old female asked:
I was diagnosed with RA. I have pain 24/7. I'm allergic to NSAIDS. Is Norco or Tylenol (acetaminophen) 4 better for pain? What is the difference between those meds?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Mitchell Cohn answered
34 years experience in Pain Management
Better is relative: Some patients have improved RA pain with opiates, but they do nothing to actually treat the condition.There are several other potential treatments-pharmacologic & natural alternatives that may help incl. avoiding inflaming substances like table sugar.NSAIDs decrease inflammation, thus decreasing pain.Opiates do nothing for RA but, in some cases make the pain more bearable.
Answered on Mar 28, 2015
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