why doesn't it help arthritis? This drug WORKS but will not help arthritis pain. I also take morphine sulfate 15 mg er every 12 hours. My pm told me not to use ibuprofen for it, which I don't understand because it's not a narcotic. I have to wait to take the morphine because it's not time for it. My elbow is in a flare. Any suggestions?
22 Jan 2013
Arthritis is often due to inflammation and while opioids do treat pain, they dont treat the inflammation. There are many anti-inflammatory drugs out there. Did your pain doc explain why they dont want you to use ibuprofen? Perhaps another anti-inflammatory would help. Have you consulted a Rheumatologist? Seems strange your PM doc told you not to take ibuprofen. If I were you, I would want to know why. You might try some OTC topicals like Icy Hot or Bengay, Aspercreme, Capsaicin cream etc. These may help with the elbow discomfort.
7 Feb 2013
That's really strange your doctor told you not to take ibuprofen with no explanation why! Do you have a history of stomach problems, like ulcers, intestinal problems, or heart problems? If so, that may be why he wants you to not take it. If not, I'm at a loss! I say, if you don't have those problems, and you're having pain, take the ibuprofen as needed. Arthritis is mostly treated with anti-inflammatories, so I don't understand that reasoning. I'm allergic to all NSAIDs,so I'm prescribed prednisone for the arthritic pain that the opiates don't touch (it's a corticosteroid). I think your doctor has confused me just as much as he's confused you LOL!
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