Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can I Treat My Arthritis Without Drugs?

By    |   Monday, 18 Nov 2013 04:29 PM

Question: I have rheumatoid arthritis and can't tolerate any medications I've tried. Is there a drug-free alternative to managing my pain?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Rheumatoid arthritis is a destructive immune disorder that literally destroys cartilage tissue and joints, and also affects many organ systems. Treatment must be aggressive to reduce painful consequences of this very serious disorder. That used to mean lots of medications.

But now we now have many much more simple treatment options that can arrest this condition, and you should discuss these newer options with your rheumatologist. Pain management alone will likely lead to disability.
 
There is a good chance your pain is indicative of something that can be arrested with good aggressive immune suppression, and not a reflection of permanent destruction or damage that will require joint replacement.
 
Drug-free options are available for pain management, including nerve or spinal-cord stimulators, but all these options require a detailed analysis of your condition, and an analysis of the risks and benefits to you. They should be evaluated in consultation with your primary physician and a specialist.
 
 

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