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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How Can I Treat My Painful Arthritis?

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Question: I have been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for 25 years and I recently stopped taking Enbrel because of some neurological problems. What is a good treatment for alleviating my pain with low side effects?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Immune suppressants such as Enbrel have stopped rheumatoid arthritis in its tracks. Pain relief comes with disease suppression. Sometimes a more affordable drug, such as low dose methotrexate taken once  to three times a week, is a reasonable option.
 
Potent doses of aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, or even steroids, can produce excellent pain relief, but at the price of a long list of drug interactions. Local joint injections with cortisone are often great at controlling flare-ups.
 
Severe joint pain can be treated with joint replacement, or even surgical resection of inflamed joints.

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