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Arthritis Pain Relief Medication
A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more
Menthol, capsaicin: If limited to over the counter ointments, some options include counterirritant products(menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil), capsaicin, or ointments with salicylates. Some of the above ointments include icy hot, tiger balm, bengay, aspercreme, capsaicin. There are other perscription options that should be discussed with your physician such as lidocain based patches, anti-inflamatory based ointments. ...Read more
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
See below: Here is a link to a number of things you can try: http://www.Webmd.Com/rheumatoid-arthritis/guide/rheumatoid-arthritis-natural-treatments. ...Read more
Why are doctors so hard on prescribing pain medication if it seems to be the only thing getting through day by day with psoriatic arthritis pain?
Psoriasis pain: The issues is the type of pain medication. With a chronic condition a long acting steady state drug is the best as this avoids the ups and downs that a short acting agent will do. Using a short acting agent for a long duration is a very bad idea. Taking a short acting agent infrequently is not a problem. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
I have heard that ural (citrotartrate) medication (for urinary tract infection) also helps with arthritis pain. Is this so?
My psoriatic arthritis pain in the spine and fingers is mild. Doc has decided not to use any medication yet. When should he consider using DMARDs?
Ac joint arthritis pain for 9 months. No relief from nsaids. Temp relief from 3 cortisone shots. Doctor says surgery is next step. Sound right?
Arthritis medication: There are a number of different types of arthritis and the type of arthritis you have will determine which class of drugs would be appropriate. I would recommend getting in for a good evaluation from a rheumatologist and letting them guide you in what medications are appropriate. ...Read more
Arthritis Drugs: Drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis include Leflunomide (arava) and the "biologic" medications Etanercept (enbrel), Infliximab (remicade), Anakinra (kineret), Adalimumab (humira), Rituximab (rituxan), Abatacept (orencia), golimumab (simponi), certolizumab pegol (cimzia), and tocilizumab (actemra). Each of these medications can increase the risk for infections but are very effective. ...Read more
Several things!: If you have inflammation, for example from rheumatoid arthritis, pain relief may be important, but reducing the cause is probably more important. Mechanical appliances, orthotics, and bracing can help. You may need surgery. Certainly the use of drugs which work like Naproxen should be tried. Prednisone may help. Narcotics are absolutely the last resort! ...Read more
Rest: Initially a short course of rest, ice, compression, and elevation will usually calm the pain down. If this does not help your physician may prescribe anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. Therapy may include the use of heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and exercise. Sometimes injections can be used to help decrease the pain and facilitate therapy. ...Read more
Depends on whether: arthritis is general or a single jt.Meds could incl.NSAIDs (but I feel the may make things worse in the long run),prescription meds like methotrexate, gold salts, etc.For a single jt, prolotherapy, prp, surgery incl replacement are all options.Osteopathic manipulation sometimes helps & some 'arthritis' is actually nerve pain. Discussing options w/ a dr trained in Integrative Pain medicine may help ...Read more
LOTS of things: Exercise and stretching can improve arthritis pain. I recommend alternating resistance and aerobic exercise 6 days per week with stretches every day. Aerobic exercise should be moderate intensity and low impact (elliptical). Losing weight can help. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Aleve can help, but discuss with your doctor before taking. Glucosamine, chondroitin and 5-loxin can help symptoms in some as can topicals. ...Read more
See a rheumatologist: You can go a long way to eliminating the pain by controlled the underlying inflammatory process. See a rheumatologist. There are several medications which can be dramatically beneficial. ...Read more
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