Meds for all but the arthritis. Pain meds help some, but not very much for the arthritis part. Help!
Asking your Dr to increase the dose of pain meds may be of help. I also have OA and can tell you that gentle exercise of the affected joints will help. Even when you think that it will hurt too much, you'll find that the pain just increases when you let your joints stiffen up. Applying moist heat and/or ice packs also help. Just use whichever feels best to you. Try using a topical rub like Mineral Ice or Icy/Hot. Hope this helps!
I agree with Lisa01, ask your Dr to increase your pain meds.. I have fibro, osteo and depression too and of all the medications I take, Ibuprofen is my best pain med for joint pain.. I also swim each week as regular gentle exercise really does help keep your pain levels down, just start on something easy you like to do and build on that.. I swim as it is easier on my joints and not weight bearing in the water.. I also find heat helps too, especially moist heat and I just love a good hot spa/hot tub.. Keep warm as possible, eat a good healthy diet and try keeping stress at a minimum helps best.. :)
Great answers from all the other members.
I have a couple of other suggestions to add.
The swimming is a Great one.. But if you go to the Arthritis foundation website or just call some hospitals or workout places they have what is called Arthritis approved warm exercises they offer.
I have found personally that the warm water aerobics are the best... It is a smaller pool that they keep at a warmer temperature per the arthritis foundation rules. And since the aerobics are done actually IN the pool you come out pain free & so refreshed that will help so much.
Plus I use a product called BIOFREEZE for my topical pain relief that helps so much. You can buy it as a spray on or roll on bottle & can find it on line or at most pharmecies. It works GREAT & works for the DEEP DOWN ache. They also have it in the Genetic form now.
Best of luck &i hope that everyones suggestions here help you. Kathy
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