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A 39-year-old female asked:

I have joint pains in the shoulder, elbow and wrist not sure what really to use for pain medication?

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Dr. David Ellis
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Upper extremity pain: Usually movement of the joint helps keep it functional and helps pain. If the pain is in the muscles or tendons, moist heat can help along with over the counter capsaicin or Voltaren gel. Oral ibuprofen or Aleve is OK but irritates the stomach and affects the kidney.
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