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Pain Management

Control Arthritic Pain

06/04/2007

Question:

I have rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and might also have fibromyalgia. I am taking a lot of medications for those problems. But I still have pain. I would love to get off some or all those medications. I already use heat and ice, rest and exercise, and trying to trick my brain into believing that I don`t have constant pain.

Is there any thing else I can do to help control the pain?

Answer:

Systemic or diffuse inflammatory pain is difficult to treat. You should have an evaluation with a Pain specialist and may benefit from a Pain Rehabilitation Program or another modality depending on the clinical situation upon evaluation.

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Response by:

Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University