Just being nosey!

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But first:  Merry Christmas and a healthier 2018 to all fellow sufferers.

1:  What pain killers have helped most with your pain?

2:  Have ANY creams relieved your pain?

I can’t take any pain killers except cocodamol (stomach problems) but it is advised not to take them over long periods.  I must!  I’ve been taking them for over 4 years.  I limit them to 3 per day as I also have PMR and Osteoporosis (also BP & high colesterol) which all need tablets (I rattle)!

 I feel guilty taking so many tablets but I can’t cope otherwise.  Any natural remedies anyone?  I follow quite a strict diet, am not overweight, but my general health is getting me down.  I’m not depressed, thank goodness, but would just like to cope better.

Any comments would be appreciated.



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    I find Ibuprofenis  the only painkiller that helps . However, 2 weeks ago I had a cortisone injection in my knee - I walked out of the surgery painfree . It's been amazing , I've still got to be careful but after 4 years of my body going out of alignment due to the left knee  I feel reborn ! My posture is coming back I've started doing strengthening exercises . Life is feeling good again .  I wish they'd done this 4 years ago . 

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      I’ve been taking cortisone tablets for over 5 years.  I don’t know whether injections would help!😏  I also don’t know where they would start as I have polyarthritis (hands, wrists, elbows, hips, knees and ankles)!!  Very aggressive!

      Still, good to hear you are feeling so well.  Keep it up!🌲🍾🍸

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    I can't tolerate any codeine (I faint!) so I now take Naproxen twice a day with stomach protector and up to 8, though usually 6, paracetamol. At night I take a small dose of Amitriptyline. My pain is manageable on this. Sometimes I use Ibuprofen cream on my foot which helps. For my back I have Lidocaine patches which I wear if I know I'm going to be sitting a lot. They have been a lifesaver for me. Happy Christmas to all 🎄🎆🎉

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       Hi Constance,


      Merry Christmas to you and your family too!  You are not being nosey--you are just looking for suggestions from fellow sufferers which is what we all hope for.   Sorry to hear you have to deal with so many conditions that need treatment.   I liked biofreeze  gel in the past.    

        I couldn't tolerate MTX --I have RA and crohn's disease so that drug and my intestines didn't get along at all.  Jumped to a biologic since I live in US and we have an insurance that will pay.   So pain is minimal now but the drugs have scary side effects but I chose to proceed with first Humira--had bad reaction on that and now tolerate Cimzia quite well.   I can't take NSAIDS due to age and crohn's .  Trial and error for everyone re. pain control .  Best of luck to you and may 2018 hold promise of better pain control


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    I have OA everywhere EXCEPT my elbows! I have a THR and need the other one done and have had 2 cervical surgeries because of OA. I currently take Ibuprofen 800mg 3x daily, 7.5-325 mg Vicodin 2x daily and I've tried the usual Ben-Gay, Icy Hot, Biofreeze and Tiger Balm which currently seems to be working a little bit.

    I also use ice packs  (heat doesn't help me I don't know why).

    I refuse to get injections but in order to get something stronger than Vicodin, my PCP has to refer me to a pain clinic where you have to practically get down on your hands and knees and cry and kick and beg for pain meds.

    I will also be trying a salve called CBD 500mg Salve. It has some extracts of marijuana plant but not the medical strength. 

    It's a shame that because of the widespread opioid addiction that plagues this country that people who desperately need pain medication, in order to have somewhat of a life, have to cry for it.

    I wish you a healthier New Year!

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    no painkillers help really if its acute I have taken Codiene ones but you can only take them for 4 days as they are addictive, ibuphrofen cream is good, also if you want a break from drugs, olbas oil is a good rub, also use the hot and cold treatment, so a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a teatowel, followed by hot water bottle, finishing with the frozen peas again.
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