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What's the Best Alternative to Arthritis Painkillers?

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 03:53 PM

Question: How can I best manage arthritis pain? I don’t want to become addicted to painkillers.
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
I agree with you. Narcotic medications are actually poor choices for long-term pain control because of tolerance issues and potential for misuse. We now know that we actually have better choices with fewer adverse reactions for most acute pain conditions.
 
Your pain management strategy should be guided by your physician if you have any of the destructive or immune-mediated arthritic disorders such as rheumatoid, psoriatic, or erosive arthritis. Mild osteoarthritis can be self-managed with heat, whirlpool baths, and paraffin therapy, as well as the occasional use of NSAID medications such as Tylenol, Aleve, ibuprofen, and topical ointments.
 
For more severe forms of arthritis that require daily therapy, you should seek your physician’s advice. Some people find relief with oral antidepressants, anticonvulsants and even topical cortisone treatments — usually for short periods of less than seven days. A physical therapist or occupational therapist may be helpful in offering more pain-relieving options.
 
Topical low penetration laser can offer pain relief in some cases. Other good pain-relieving options include joint and tissue blocks or injections. If your doctor is unsure, try consulting a specialist or rheumatologist.
 
 

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Narcotic medications are actually poor choices for long-term pain control because of tolerance issues and potential for misuse, but other options are helpful.
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