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Difference Between 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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Conservative care: Chronic back pain can be difficult to treat but for most patients at your age, conservative treatment will work - physical therapy, regular exercise, core strengthening/stretching, smoking cessation, improved diet. Keep in mind that if your imaging studies have not shown anything severe, it is ok to push through some pain in order to acheive the improvement that you want. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I keep reading about doctors prescribing glucosamine for arthritis. Will this medication help my back pain?
Facet Arthropathy: You do have joints in the back called 'facet joints' that can become arthritic & cause pain. The pain patients generally complain of when they have arthritis in their spine is when they lean back & the pain increases. If you have this pain you could have 'facet arthropathy'. It's something that can be treated symptomatically first with cold/hot compresses, nsaids, activity modification & rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several ways: Be proactive in terms of lifestyle changes including: weight control, regular exercising & not smoking. Have adequate sleep & good vitamin d/calcium intake. Most remain functional without spine surgery for back pain. You may need additional treatment including physical rherapy, medication as well as possible pain management techniques. Back support can help. ...Read more
Leg symptoms: The degenerative process can allow the spinal canal to become narrow. This in turn could affect you legs. You could develop sciatic type symptoms. You could also develop symptoms where you only walk for a short distance and then have to rest up and lean forward. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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