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Arthritis

Question
Posted by: | 2019/09/19

Q.

Pain

Yes sir. I have arthritis. They recently did a blood test for RA and the result was on the high side. I don't know what to do. I love my physician. I have been seeing him for 35 years. My problem is because of the opioid crisis he is very reluctant to prescribe pain meds. My pelvis and hands and knees hurt constantly. I take tramadol and 3 advil every 4 hours but it is not working that well anymore. I don't know what to do. I feel I need stronger pain pills now but I don't believe he would prescribe them. What do you suggest?

Expert's Reply

A.

Arthritis expert
- 2019/09/24

I suggest you get to see a rheumatologist

If you have RA, we need to consider DMARDS and anti-inflammatories, not analgesics.
You may also benefit from local cortisone injections.

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