Diagnosed 1 year ago, taking Anti-Depressants, Advil, doesnt help inflammation or pain
I have never tried voltaren.,but if you have a strong stomach, NSAIDS are you next choice, There are so many. Advil is consider a lighter one, but you could try excedrin, OTC. Other prescriptions choices would be celebrex, a really great one. I tried it & helped my OA pain, but really upset my tummy, but all nsaids upset my tummy even aspirin! Have you ever tried capisacin?(sp)It's OTC also, but if you try it (very expensive too)use gloves like latex or vinyl to apply as it stays on the skin & if you were to rub you eye or somthing it would be terrible! Other scripts & out there are Mobic,and dozens more. Go to WEB MD.com & type in the search Osteoarthritis. They will ask on right side what you are looking for & have a great support group there too, but don't leave us either. I do both, especially when I am looking for something in particular & can't find it on this site, then I go to WEBMD.com. Good luck & welcome to the site if you are new. I have ben incognito for going on 3rd week so sorry if I have missed any of your questions...
Voltaren Gel 1% Is really awesome. I have OA and RA as well as fibro among a lot of other painful ailments. I use Voltaren for relief and it works. Just rub it into your joints and it helps to relieve the worst of the pain.
I also take tramadol for my knees. I have OA in my spine, knees, and Ra in my hands.
If you have a tub, soak in it in as hot a water as you can stand with epsom salts. That will help. If you can get to a YMCA pool, try some water exercise. Sometimes they have arthritis classes to help keep up the functionality of your knees.
I go to physical therapy that has a hot pool and exercises to help me recover from surgery. I had a meniscus tear last year and arthoscopic surgery to repair it. Well, the other knee has a tear that needs the same surgery. So it will be fixed next month... a year after the first surgery.
But if you can find a warm pool to exercise in, it will help the functionality of your knee. And use Volteran afterwards to help with the pain.
Just a few thoughts.
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