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How Do I Help Pain During A Jra Flare
I have pilonidal disease and my cyst has begun to flare up, what can i do too resuce the flare up and pain till surgery? Please help
What can I do to help with the pain of polymyalgia rheumatica? I take prednisone 15mg a day but I am still in pain.
PMR: Given your young age & poor response to Prednisone it is extremely unlikely you have polymyalgia rheumatica(pmr). The key characteristics of pmr are that patients are almost always over 60 years old & those with pmr, respond dramatically to corticosteroids with rapid near to complete elimination of symptoms. I recommend seeing a rheumatologist to clarify your diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Plz help (disabled with arthritis)? What can I do to alleviate the pain and do my daily activities?
Controlling RA: Do you have RA? Work with your physician. The current paradigm is treating to target, that is, we can achieve remission of joint inflammation and limit damage and at the same time keeping the patient active and well. Explore the many disease modifying options with your rheumatologist. I also encourage patients to explore dietary changes and include omega-3 fish oils. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have myofascial pain syndrome i will not do trigger point injections or cortisone shots and muscle relaxers knock me out what else can I do for pain?
Paraffin: Hi gemini, various measures can be taken to keep your hands warm in colder weather. There are, of course, obvious things like wearing gloves. Any pair of comfortable gloves will do, but if you want something tighter, protective and easy to function with, try isotoner gloves. Another measure is paraffin baths, a wax that is heated. Try it with an ot or purchase a unit for home use. ...Read more
See Your MD: Firstly, your "sciatica" as you are referring to is a distinct medical term that refers to compression of the nerves that make up the largest nerve in the body known as the sciatic nerve. Many people use this term to explain back/leg pain incorrectly. I would see your doctor for a thorough work-up that should include a MRI if you have having leg pain/weakness/numbness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treat the lupus: And make sure you don't have a coexisting problem like rheumatoid arthritis. Oddly, autoimmune disease can be comorbid and cross over into the spectrum of other discreet autoimmune disorders. So lupus patients can also develop rheumatoid arthritis. It defies the usual medical logic. See rheumatology and get on a disease modifying treatment. It is life saving and spares your joints too. ...Read more
Tips: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through die) with your doctor’s approval. Non –steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help with pain. If you desire non-med approaches you can discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also disipate pain. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt. Heat. ...Read more
Prolotherapy: Prolotherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for si pain. Si pain is most frequently due to sprains of the si ligaments, although occasionally it is due to inflmmation of the joint. The latter is effectively treated with fluoroscopically quided injection with cortisone. ...Read more
Probably you cannot: There is no telling why or when rheumatoid disease gets worse. It is extremely rare for the disease to spontaneously go into remission. You need to speak with your rheumatologist and plot out a treatment plan ...Read more
I think I have a thrombosed hemorrhoid. How can I relieve the pain associated with it? How can I help it resolve to avoid surgery?
I have a herniated disc that needs surgery. I am taking 6 Advil (ibuprofen) a day to help with the pain. How long can I do that before I do damage to my body?
Need monitoring: Generally, only 6 a day is not usually a problem, but potential complications include stomach ulcers that may bleed or perforate, kidney problems and hearing problems if you take more than your body can handle. You need to coordinate with your doctor regarding blood tests to monitor your kidney function and meds to help avoid stomach ulcers. ...Read more
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