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Is it normal for doc to give Aleve (naproxen) for TMJ arthritis pain that's severe? My doc refused stronger mess even though i told him nsaids don't help.

Is it normal for doc to give Aleve (naproxen) for TMJ arthritis pain that's severe? My doc refused stronger mess even though i told him nsaids don't help.

Get to the source: Meds often mask the true source of the problem or the trigger points that are causing your pain. Many of my new patients come into my office already heavily medicated (anti-depressants, pain meds, anti-anxiety, muscle relaxers;) with no real solution to solving their constant pain problems. You should have a thorough exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Which is better for arthritis pain relief, Aleve (naproxen) or Advil?

Which is better for arthritis pain relief, Aleve (naproxen) or Advil?

Both are good: Both Aleve (naproxen) and Advil (ibuprofen) are anti-inflammatory medications and either can be used to treat arthritis pain. Aleve only needs to be taken 2 times per day (every 12 hours) where as Advil can be taken 3 times per day (every 8 hours). Do not take them both together but try them both separately and see which is more effective for you. ...Read more

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Hello. I have to take naproxen for arthritis pain, what can I do about constipation? does it slow motility? I am a 63 year old female. Thank you.

Hello. I have to take naproxen for arthritis pain, what can I do about constipation? does it slow motility? I am a 63 year old female. Thank you.

Diet first: fruits, vegatables, , more water , walk alot , then add mirilax[polyetheline glycol] 1-2x/day for softener, thenstimulant like senna or bisacodyl to squeeze it out. naproxyn rarely cause this but can be overcome with above ...Read more

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Motrin Aleve or celebrex (celecoxib) for arthritis, which is better?

Motrin Aleve or celebrex (celecoxib) for arthritis, which is better?

Celebrex (celecoxib): Because the chances to develop gastric discomfort/pain with Celebrex (celecoxib) is much lower and also because you can take it once or twice a day only, Celebrex (celecoxib) would be better. ...Read more

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I take Mobic 15 mg for arthritis. can i take 2 Aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) together. ?

I take Mobic 15 mg for arthritis. can i take 2 Aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) together. ?

NSAIDs: U should not mix Mobic and Aleve as this may cause troubles with kidneys, blood pressure, stomach etc. On the other hand combination of Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Aleve or Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Mobic is acceptable and some times advisable. Hope u feel better. ...Read more

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What is better for arthritis inflammation and pain?I have been taking 3250 mg of Bufferin(aspirin) and Dr. suggested Aleve (naproxen) 2 at night 2 at morning?

See answer: I am hoping you meant to place the # 325mg NOT 3250! The latter would be way too high. I would take your doctors advice as s/he is caring for you and can best deliver advice to you situation. Generally speaking aleve (naproxen) is a good medication, but as stated, this needs to be addressed with your treating Doctor. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Enter data entry for 40 hrs week, concerned may be arthritis in my middle finger I am on a computer everyday and use the 10key the majority of my day. Recently i've been concerned about middle finger;since with Aleve and motrin and ice and heat packs it i

Enter data entry for 40 hrs week, concerned may be arthritis in my middle finger I am on a computer everyday and use the 10key the majority of my day. Recently i've been concerned about middle finger;since with Aleve and motrin and ice and heat packs it i

First: : First: rest assured that the idea that computers can harm your hands is overstated and likely a myth. The symptoms are nonspecific and it's not clear what you mean by "crack". There are some common finger conditions that your primary care doctor or a hand surgeon could check you for, and the vast, vast majority are benign. Remember, pain makes us prepare for the worst because it was an evolutionary advantage to have such a "pain alarm", but just like the smoke alarm in the kitchen, most pain alarms are false alarms. You're going to be able to rely on your hands! ...Read more

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Can taking Aleve daily over a long period of time (years) cause sharp and gnawing pain under my left rib cage? Had blood tests recently, doctor said some level was higher due to my taking Aleve (which he prescribed for my arthritis). Should i stop taking

Can taking Aleve daily over a long period of time (years) cause sharp and gnawing pain under my left rib cage? Had blood tests recently, doctor said some level was higher due to my taking Aleve (which he prescribed for my arthritis).  Should i stop taking

Ask your doctor: Aleve (naproxen) can cause a number of problems that can show up as pain under the left rib cage. These include peptic ulcer and coronary artery problems. Don't know which blood levels would be affected, but you really should press your doctor for an explanation of your symptoms and of the abnormal blood test. ...Read more

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Is it better to take Meloxicam (15Mg) or Aleve for arthritis (have history of A-fib and currently taking Enalapril, Baby Aspirin, Atorvastatin)?

Is it better to take Meloxicam (15Mg) or Aleve for arthritis (have history of A-fib and currently taking Enalapril, Baby Aspirin, Atorvastatin)?

Arthritis Medication: Better to take Meloxicam or Aleve for arthritis. Have history of A-fib, taking Enalapril, Baby aspirin, atorvastatin. Meloxicam is a prescription med. Aleve(naprosyn) is OTC does not need a doctors prescription Meloxicam does not upset the stomach as much as Aleve but maybe not as strong an antiinflammatory as Aleve. Follow label directions or med guideline sheet in your pharmacy pick up bag ...Read more

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early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. has me taking 2 Aleve (naproxen) twice a day no other drugs yet. Is it safe to get flu shot without making joints ache more!

 early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. has me taking 2 Aleve (naproxen) twice a day no other drugs yet. Is it safe to get flu shot without making joints ache more!

Flu shot safe: The flu shot is safe and MUCH safer than not being protected against the flu. Hope you are seeing a Rheumatologist because if you really have Rheumatoid Arthritis, even if early you need more than Aleve (naproxen) twice a day. If you are not seeing a Rheumtologist, please see one. ...Read more

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How to manage arthritis pain?

See Physician: See rheumatologist for evaluation, work up and treatment. Exercise and ice/heat/massage may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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What foods help arthritis pain?

What foods help arthritis pain?

Foods for Arthritis: Cauliflower contains several anti-inflammatory nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and vitamin k. Vitamin k helps regulates the inflammatory response, and omega-3 fatty acids is a type of fat believed to have anti-inflammatory abilities. Cauliflower also contains selenium, a substance that helps strengthen the immune system, and indole-3-carbinol, a molecule to prevent inflammation. ...Read more

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Why do I have so much arthritis pain?

Why do I have so much arthritis pain?

Need information: It depends. I cannot say without more information. Many people are susceptible to developing osteoarthritis (wear and tear) at an early age. Genetics definitely plays a part, in my experience often associated with one's mother's degree of arthritis. There are autoimmune causes of arthritis such as lupus, rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. Start with your family doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best thing for arthritis pain?

Big Question: If referring to over-the-counter, assuming that there are no health problems or contraindications, i usually recommend tylenol (acetaminophen) extra strength 2 twice daily. Have liver function checked if continued long-term basis. ...Read more

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Which is the optimum solution for arthritis pain?

Which is the optimum solution for arthritis pain?

Multi-Modal approach: Here are many non surgical options of things to try to reduce pain or improve function before moving on to surgery. -ice -nsaids -nutritional supplements that reduce inflammation -good hydration -reducing caffeine -knee braces -knee compression sleeves -physical therapy & exercise -cortisone injections -lubricant injections (hylauronic acid) -avoiding lots of stairs or ladders -accupuncture. ...Read more

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What should I take for excruciating arthritis pain?

What should I take for excruciating arthritis pain?

Depends: Based on the world health organization step therapy, the first line is tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen), second line is nonsteroidals like Motrin or naprosyn, and third line is opioids. It depends on the training of the physician on whether or not opioids will be offered since there is differing point of view of the use of opioids in chronic non malignant pain like arthritis. ...Read more

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How to ease arthritis pain, using minimal pain medications?

Mixed modalities.: Take 3-omega fatty acids as fish or flaxseed oil (my preference!). You should take enough to take 1500-2000mg per day. Regular flaxseed oil is less expensive and has more omega-3, which is antiinflammtory! take adequate vitamin d3, at least 2000/day with calcium. Gentle atraumatic exercises like yoga, cardio-dancing, pilates helps. Take ibuprophen or naproxen. These will help, but not remit! ...Read more

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What kind of injections are used to treat rhuematoid arthritis pain?

What kind of injections are used to treat rhuematoid arthritis pain?

Specific joints: You can also have cortisone with a local anesthetic injections into a joint that has flared up. This is a temporary fix but gives fast relief. ...Read more

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How effective is sam-e in relieving arthritis pain?

How effective is sam-e in relieving arthritis pain?

Minimal: There have been several studies recently examining the effect of sam-e versus control or traditional nsaids. There was no appreciable benefit from sam-e therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Naproxen (Definition)

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It inhibits cyclooxygenase thus reducing ...Read more