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What is risk of further damage to arthritic joints by using pain killers?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: None

There is no damage to your joints from taking pain killers.
They don't affect your arthritis negatively. Narcotics work on the brain, non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications actually contribute to reducing inflammation, thereby promoting slowing of the arthritic process.

In brief: None

There is no damage to your joints from taking pain killers.
They don't affect your arthritis negatively. Narcotics work on the brain, non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications actually contribute to reducing inflammation, thereby promoting slowing of the arthritic process.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not Clear

It depends on the pain killer. Old studies have shown that indocin, (indomethacin) an anti-inflammatory could increase joint damage by masking the pain.
Films showed progressive joint damage. Using narcotics could in theory cause a charcot like joint - a joint that can be damaged by neurologic loss of protective sensations which we can sometimes see in diabetes and other illness that affect neurology.

In brief: Not Clear

It depends on the pain killer. Old studies have shown that indocin, (indomethacin) an anti-inflammatory could increase joint damage by masking the pain.
Films showed progressive joint damage. Using narcotics could in theory cause a charcot like joint - a joint that can be damaged by neurologic loss of protective sensations which we can sometimes see in diabetes and other illness that affect neurology.
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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