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?
Oxycodone and arthritis, been taking oxycodone 15 mg for break through pain, my question is?
Question posted by Anonymous on 22 Jan 2013
Last updated on 17 September 2016
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!
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.
With rheumatoid arthritis you almost always need an anti inflammatory med to get rid of the pain. Things like advil or aleve. Try them along with your pain meds and it may help you out.
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