I just started to have problems with arm and shoulder pain no nasid"s
Are you able to take tylenol? If so, there are many meds in the opiate/opioid family that can work wonders for Arthritis. Many of these meds contain tylenol though, but they are available in generic form.
Please stay with us and you will recieve some great advice from other members that know much more than I about Arthritis meds, OK?
I guess I really don't know too much, if you can't take any of the NSAIDs at all. What about good ole' Aspirin? I take them from time to time. Way back before Tylenol existed, everyone took Aspirin for all kinds of things, and pain was one of the #1 things.
There is also something called the Lidoderm patch. You place it where the pain is and it works directly on the pain. It doesn't go through your stomach or bloodstream like other meds do at all. I use them mostly for lower back pain, but I have placed them else where, and they have worked. You can cut them in whatever shape or size necessary to get them where you need them. They are fairly big, about 4 x 5 inches. You wear them for 12 hours and leave them off for 12 hours. I have forgotten and left them on up to 20 hours and nothing terrible happened, but you should remove them after 12 hours. Since you have a problem with NSAIDs, I say try them. The only other thing I know of are all real steroids, and I wouldn't want to be taking them.
Good luck and best wishes. I hope the Lidoderm patches can help you too.
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