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What To Use For Arthritis Pain
Warm baths: Frequent hot baths or hot packs could be helpful. ...Read more
See a rheumatolotist: Depends on the activity of the disease. You may need disease modifiying drugs which can stop the damage to the joints. Sometime the disease becomes dormant and doesn't require these powerful and sometimes dangerous drugs. A rheumatologist is your best bet to get the right treatment. You want to make sure it is really RA that is being treated, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots: Start out with the basics like nsaids such as advil, (ibuprofen) alleve, motrim as these have more of anti inflammatory components. Prescription narcotics are sometimes based on severity of ra. But overall, you want to prevent the flares by immunosuppressants. A rheumatologist would be best person to consult. ...Read more
What can I do to manage pain from osteoarthritis? What medicine (or other means) works best to relieve severe pain from osteoarthritis?
Many things: Even though you have arthritis, you need to find a way to continue to exercise. Non-impact things are the best -- swimming, biking, etc. Depending on where the arthritis is can also tailor your treatment. Even just a little exercise each day makes a difference. Medicine includes tylenol (acetaminophen) and anti-inflammatories. Consult with your primary physician to make sure there are no interactions. ...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
What do you recommned as an alternative to pain medicine for tendinitis? Are there any non-drug remedies for tendonitis pain?
Potentially: There are many foods and supplements with have tremendous antiinflammatory capabilities. You can read about anti-inflammatory diets in general and there are a lot of health benefits to them. Omega 3 is just one of many nutrients that have these capabilities and can be found naturally in fish, flax seed, and also in a variety of supplements. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
Neuropathic pain: First, if the neuropathy is from diabetes, getting your blood sugar under control is very important to prevent worsening of the condition. Medications such as gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) gralise, or metanx have been shown to be helpful in certain cases. Topical creams are also used in some cases. Tens units can block painful stimuli from being interpretted by your brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic back pain: Moist heat to the painful area can help relax tense muscles; stretching exercises can also help relax muscle spasm. Therapeutic massage feels good and relaxes muscles to relieve pain. Osteopathic manipulation or chiropractic can relax stiff muscles as well as relieve pressure on nerves & realign structures. ...Read more
Joint pain: The first thing to do is see your podiatrist and determine why they are swollen. Then you will be directed what - if any -meds to take. ...Read more
What can be another reason for joint pain other than arthritis? What is the recommended test for arthiritis?
Exam by rheumatology: There is no reliable blood test for arthritis.It is a clinical diagnosis based on inflammation of the synovial cells lining the joints that can be seen as joint swelling on exam in RA or a typical pattern of joint pain without swelling in osteoarthritis.X-rays can show some more advanced joint damage but MRI with contrast is most sensitive.Rheum factor & ccp antibody can help confirm suspected ra. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Am waiting for treatment for hip bursitis & osteoarthritis of the hip but i can not sleep due to the pain. What can I do to get relief & sleep?
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
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