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I am experiencing hip pain, hip stiffness and leg tingling. Burning pain in hip & buttock area, could it be, Sciatica? Best treatment, family doctor did xray showed arthritis and gave pain med only. Still hurts, what should I do?

I am experiencing hip pain, hip stiffness and leg tingling. Burning pain in hip & buttock area, could it be, Sciatica? Best treatment, family doctor did xray showed arthritis and gave pain med only. Still hurts, what should I do?

SI joint pain: Sounds like SI joint pain. If you are pregnant would tell your gyn that you recently had an Xray. If pregnant, try PT, but no manual therapies. And tell PT about your pregnancy. I can wear Salesian belt. If not pregnant go to PT and try manual therapies as well as other manipulation and modalities as needed ...Read more

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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I had rtc repair, 10 days ago, had a lg spur+ a lot of arthritis, the pain is awful, how long will it take to recooperate? What pain med should I take?

I had rtc repair, 10 days ago, had a lg spur+ a lot of arthritis, the pain is awful, how long will it take to recooperate? What pain med should I take?

RTC Repair: It can take months to recover but the first 3-4 weeks are generally the worst. These issues and concerns should be discussed with your surgeon who knows your situation best and should be able to prescribe you the most appropriate pain meds. ...Read more

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How would you think using hydracodone with heart meds? I don't tolerate this pain med well but need to rid of arthritis pain

How would you think using hydracodone with heart meds? I don't tolerate this pain med well but need to rid of arthritis pain

Don't Do It: Taking narcotics for arthritis pain should be very carefully considered. This is a big and addictive step. Second you do not tolerate it well anyway. Third it is very wise to get out of the western medicine mindset that a pill may help everything and look at yoga, exercise, meditation and other alternative ways to help one manage or diminish pain. ...Read more

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On nabumetone for arthritis in my neck, im having a tooth extracted tomorrow. What pain med can the dentist give w/the nabumetone?

On nabumetone for arthritis in my neck, im having a tooth extracted tomorrow. What pain med can the dentist give w/the nabumetone?

Pain Meds: Nabumetone should help with your tooth pain as well since its a NSAID. I am not sure if you would need anything stronger but your dentist should be able to make that determination post procedure. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take meloxicam for arthritis with lisinopril hctz for hypertension? .My bp is 121/56 on it. Meloxicam is the only pain med that works.

Is it ok to take meloxicam for arthritis with lisinopril hctz for hypertension? .My bp is 121/56 on it. Meloxicam is the only pain med that works.

You may find: That your BP goes up in that combination. Amlodipine (Norvasc) & chlorthalidone may be better choices. H Robert Silverstein MD, FACC. If you wish, I may be consulted on HealthTap. Recommended reading www. Thepmc. Org ...Read more

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Have fibro and arthritis uppper arms muscle spasms would cymbalta help more than lyrica (pregabalin) need pain med?

Have fibro and arthritis uppper arms muscle spasms would cymbalta help more than lyrica (pregabalin) need pain med?

Apples & oranges: While both medications have indications from the fda for the treatment of fibromyalgia, they are very different. Cymbalta is an serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor also indicated for the treatment of major depression as well as generalized anxiety disorder. Lyrica (pregabalin) works through GABA and is also indicated for seizure disorder. Your physician should be able to help you decide. ...Read more

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Period is know to be irregular sometimes. Last one was July 9. Having period like pains (not as bad as actual period pains) and white discharge. 3 negative hpt. I took a ibuprofen and arthritis pain med. And pain went away. I'm 19 years old and always use

Period is know to be irregular sometimes. Last one was July 9. Having period like pains (not as bad as actual period pains) and white discharge. 3 negative hpt. I took a ibuprofen and arthritis pain med. And pain went away. I'm 19 years old and always use

Many options: There are multiple options. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. There are many options for painful periods. ...Read more

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I have MS and trigem neuralgia and have terrible pain. Tried gaba, baclofen, norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) elavil, tegretol, otc, etc...What is the best pain med for this?

I have MS and trigem neuralgia and have terrible pain. Tried gaba, baclofen, norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) elavil, tegretol, otc, etc...What is the best pain med for this?

Trigeminal neuralgia: Sadly trigeminal neuralgia is a poorly understood disease that has an even worse track record for treatment. Most patients suffer from this disease without much relief. There is a growing body of evidence looking into Lamotrigine as a treatment. Ask your prescribing doctor if this is an alternative. ...Read more

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Best tolerated arthritis med that is sulfa free?

Best tolerated arthritis med that is sulfa free?

Many but? Diagnosis: This depends on your diagnosis. Sulfa base azulfidine (sulfasalazine) is used in RA, but there are many other medications available. Your physician can have you see a rheumatologist to help decide the best medication ...Read more

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What is the best med for rheumatoid arthritis?

Impossible to answer: Every patient is different with differing degrees and intensity of disease and differing potentials for long term damage. Varied drugs are used includind anti inflammatory medications and low dose steroids. Disease modifying drugs like plaquenil, azulfidine (sulfasalazine) or Methotrexate are quite helpful the most recent additions, the biologics, like Enbrel or Humira are the most potent and trul;y inhibit diseu. ...Read more

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The only OTC med that helps pain in my knee is ibuprofen. But it is too rough on my stomach. What are my options? I'm in so much pain. (arthritis?)

The only OTC med that helps pain in my knee is ibuprofen. But it is too rough on my stomach. What are my options? I'm in so much pain. (arthritis?)

See details: Hold the Ibuprofen for 1 week, start Prilosec 1 tab daily immediately. After a week try to restart the Ibuprofen and stop it immediately if GI issues return. ...Read more

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What is the best pain med after surgery?

What is the best pain med after surgery?

Depends: What kind of surgery and what have you tried in the past that worked? ...Read more

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What is the very best pain med for shingles?

What is the very best pain med for shingles?

A few things: Since shingles affects the nerves, I prefer anesthetics that numb those nerves.

Consider topical lidocaine. It's like topical novacaine (think dental anesthesia)

talk to your doctor more about it. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to buy otc; for chronic arthritis?

What is the best thing to buy otc; for chronic arthritis?

Meds: Everyone responds differently so there is some degree of trial & error. Nsaids such as alleve or Ibuprofen (motrin, advil) are popular. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is good for pain relief but is not an anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed 9 months ago with chronic pancreatitis I have constant debilitating pain. What is the best pain med for this?

I was diagnosed 9 months ago with chronic pancreatitis I have constant debilitating pain. What is the best pain med for this?

Pain specialist: You will need two specialists & a dietitian to help you.
A pain specialist to guide use of pain medications.
A gastroenterologist to evaluate your pancreas, stomach and liver
certain foods can prevent repeat episodes, discuss with dietitian. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC pain reliever for arthritis?

What is the best OTC pain reliever for arthritis?

Personal choice: Each person may have a different opinion on what works best. If you have other health issues or take other medications, make sure you are allowed to take otc pain relievers. ...Read more

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What is the best pain med for fybromyalga?

What is the best pain med for fybromyalga?

One that helps you: Best is the one that helps you most. Each one responds different. I use a lot of combinations, mostly Nucynta (tapentadol) and Cymbalta combination. I try to avoid narcotics, which are habit forming. Your doctor will guide you thru the choices. ...Read more

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What do you feel are the best OTC arthritis pain pills?

What do you feel are the best OTC arthritis pain pills?

Ibuprofen (Motrin): Or Aleve (naproxen) are the typical OTC meds for arthritis. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can also be used. ...Read more

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What is the best non prescription pain med for knee pain?

What is the best non prescription pain med for knee pain?

Ibuprofen or naproxe: Ibuprofen or Naproxen are over the counter anti-inflammatories that will help with knee pain. Be careful to take with food to avoid stomach upset. Ibuprofen is available over the counter in 200mg tabs (rx is 400, 600 and 800 mg) and lasts 6 hrs. Naproxen is available as 220mg over the counter (rx is 250, 375, 500 and 550) and lasts 8 hours. ...Read more

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What is the strongest OTC pain med?

NSAID's & Tylenol (acetaminophen): Nsaid's stand for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which help reduce pain via decreasing concentration of inflammatory markers. Tyelnol has been used as a pain killer for a very long time but seems to do a better job at reducing fever. Otc these oral medications are your best options. Topical drugs that are applied to skin such as biofreeze have been helpful as well. ...Read more

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Torn Rotator cuff. OTC pain killers and Tramadol aren't working. What is a good pain med I can be on but not make me sick?

Torn Rotator cuff. OTC pain killers and Tramadol aren't working. What is a good pain med I can be on but not make me sick?

Physical Therapy: For a rotator cuff tear physical therapy should be helpful reduce pain and improve function. Occasional corticosteroid injections into the shoulder area also help. For persistent pain topical NSAIDS such as
diclofenac gel or Salonpas might help. ...Read more

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Having a c section can't have an epidural or any thing that punctures the spin like a spinal block what is the next best pain med I can have?

Having a c section can't have an epidural or any thing that punctures the spin like a spinal block what is the next best pain med I can have?

Talk to your OB MD: Your present treating OB MD should mandatorily be consulted, and he/she can discuss all the options available to your specific medical condition as it exists. ...Read more

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What is the best pain med to help with severe chronic back pain when all other options have failed? Have tried trig point inject, phys therapy

Try osteopathic tx: Why not try osteopathic medical treatment by a trained do, or osteopathic doctor, who can do a complete musculoskeletal diagnosis of your condition, and also take into consideration past and recent traumas, medical conditions, etc.? This could be affecting the fatigue from your chronic pain. Go to the aoa. Org website, and look up a doctor in your town, and get a second opinion and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best non-narcotic pain med. To take for herniated disk? My doc says only a narcotic will help but I refuse to take any cause I'm a x-addict

What is the best non-narcotic pain med. To take for herniated disk? My doc says only a narcotic will help but I refuse to take any cause I'm a x-addict

NSAIDs: I understand your trepidation. You may want to discuss nsaids with your physician. Thee are drugs like Ibuprofen and naproxen. Of course like all drugs they are not without side effects like GI ulcers, rectal bleeding.Etc. Talk it over with your physician. ...Read more

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Fell off of truck. Knee buckled. Won't support my weight. Hurts! Can't see dr until tomorrow. On fluoxetine. What OTC pain med can I take?

Fell off of truck. Knee buckled. Won't support my weight. Hurts! Can't see dr until tomorrow. On fluoxetine. What OTC pain med can I take?

Knee pain: Can use over the counter tylenol (acetaminophen) combined with aleve. Take two 500mg tylenol (acetaminophen) and 2 220mg aleve together 2 times a day for pain relieve until evaluation by doctor. ...Read more

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


Analgesic (Definition)

An analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to ...Read more