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What remedies ease back arthritis pain?

What remedies ease back arthritis pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...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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What is the drug of choice of arthritis & back pain?

What is the drug of choice of arthritis & back pain?

No such thing: There are many good arthritis drugs and the drug of choice is more individual than anything. I use Mobic (meloxicam) and Duexis the most due to less stomach upset. ...Read more

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A dr on here is concerned im on morphine at 27, why? I have ms, arthritis, back pain, and am disabled. Whats the problem?

A dr on here is concerned im on morphine at 27, why? I have ms, arthritis, back pain, and am disabled. Whats the problem?

Dependence: The concern stems from use of opiod narcotics have short and long term complications. You do seem to have many medical issues, yet there are many non narcotic alternatives without the problems of addiction/dependence. Querry your physician about other non narcotic alternative which could help just as effectively. ...Read more

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Which type of anti inflammatory drugs would be the most effective for treating my arthritis back pain? I've been diagnosed with arthritis, and i'm in constant pain along my spine. Are the newer anti inflammatory drugs a safe choice to relieve my symptoms,

NSAID: Not all anti inflammatory medicines are the same. Celebrex (celecoxib) (a cox-2 nsaid) has less GI side effects than Motrin and other nsaids. Naprelan is also an NSAID with less GI side effects. There are also NSAID patches (flector) and ointment preparations (voltaren gel) that i prescribe for patients with high blood pressure and/or GI ulcers/bleeds in which oral NSAID could be harmful. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have fatty liver disease. I also have severe knee and back arthritis. I need pain relievers but my doctor said I cannot use them. Can I use any?

I have fatty liver disease. I also have severe knee and back arthritis. I need pain relievers but my doctor said I cannot use them. Can I use any?

Listen to your Dr: Fatty liver disease without evidence of cirrhosis is usually not a contraindication to analgesics. However if there is evidence of advanced liver disease (cirrhosis) or significant inflammation of the liver(steatohepatitis) analgesics like Tylenol(acetaminophen) and NSAIDS(ibuprofen, Aleve, (naproxen)Advil) need to be avoided or used in reduced dosage. Follow your physicians advice. ...Read more

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Can anything other than sitting or straining prolong or inflame hemorrhoids? Stress? Back Pain/Arthritis? Even if you drink water and fiber, why stay

Can anything other than sitting or straining prolong or inflame hemorrhoids?  Stress? Back Pain/Arthritis? Even if you drink water and fiber, why stay

STRAINING: Hemorrhoids are a normal part of our anatomy. We are born with 3 primary hemorrhoids all with an internal and external component. Anything that would cause us to strain or puts downward pressure on pelvis (pregnancy) can cause the tissues to engorge and cause symptoms. Internal component would bleed PAINLESSLY and external component causes irritative symptoms such as itcing, burning, stinging ...Read more

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Left leg &foot pain redness swelling warm to touch. Use flector patches cymbalta (duloxetine) morphine tizanidine &norco 4 chronic arthritis &back pain. Causes?

Left leg &foot pain redness swelling warm to touch. Use flector patches cymbalta (duloxetine) morphine tizanidine &norco 4 chronic arthritis  &back pain. Causes?

Leg modification: Complex regional pain syndrome. It is difficult to explain and to understand. Usually follows a major injury, operation, foreign materials to fix a fracture, etc. Has a sympathetic component (this is why the increased temperature and redness) unilateral sympathetic nerve block might help along with hot.Cold, tens, physical therapy, spinal stimulator. Prevention of bone loss is indicated. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Quality: It really has to follow a detailed conversation about the risks and benefits of such in light of your quality of life and the severity of your condition. You should be an active part of the decision making process. ...Read more

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Is Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol) better than Meloxicam for arthritis and back pain?

Is Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol) better than Meloxicam for arthritis and back pain?

Somewhat different: Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that taken long term may require a proton pump inhibitor such as prilosec to prevent G. I. Problems such as ulcer. Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol) contains diclofenac, also an N SAID but also misoprostil an older drug to protect the G.I. tract. You should try diclofenac separately without and Mexican to see which is better. Long term u need pump inhibitor separately. ...Read more

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My mom gets back pain from arthritis.Drs prescribe painkillers but she won't take anything addictive or NSAIDs.What other prescription meds could help?

My mom gets back pain from arthritis.Drs prescribe painkillers but she won't take anything addictive or NSAIDs.What other prescription meds could help?

The only things left: R Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin. These R OTC meds. There are drugs such as neurontin or lyrica. Whom ever she is treating with needs to be up on her past medical history as well as taking note of any comorbidities. The older a person becomes, they need close supervision. ...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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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