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ask: What is best for inflammation pain over the counter medication

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My shoulders and arms ache most of the time my left pinky finger and the palm is tingly and numb I worked in retail for years so I did a lot of clothes carrying over my arms and a lot of cashiering and stocking shelves . I am 63 years old since being down sized I have managed to put on a lot of weight about 25 pounds I am 5'3" and weigh 157 pounds take no medications other than aspirin. I do take some ibuprofen.My arm rang is fairly limited.My arms are sometimes tender to the touch. It has been waking me up at night sometimes lately. I am of course stiffer in the morning. It does seem to help when I take a warm shower. In my family back ground on my mothers side is arthritis degenerative and osteo

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rfoxxi

I would recommend you see a Shiatsu practitioner or massage therapist for wider movement and to relieve some of the pain you are experiencing. They can do wonders! Also, as a massage therapist myself I have treated a woman with bad pains in her arms due to toxicity from bad digestion- her bowel movements were very infrequent and she had had every test under the sun , including an MRI for chronic headaches! ...before she came to me and I asked her how her digestion was. We sorted out her digestion and the body pains stopped too. Do you swim? A gentle float in your local pool can also help relieve your symptoms no matter what the cause.
I understand the need to take analgesics however we have to bear in mind that those mask the pain and do not deal with the root cause of it.
With warm wishes.

February 24, 2013 - 7:03am
MaryDeb

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs, can treat both arthritis pain and inflammation. Well, you can also try some home remedies also. http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-arthrit...

December 31, 2012 - 4:37am
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Anonymous

Best otc pill for pain is hands down Motrin(ibuprofen)! I think it works better than narcotic drugs, not kidding. I was on prescription level so high dosage but i also am in a lot of pain.
As to if it is arthritis etc...only way to know is go see your doctor, hopefully a rheumatologist but GP usually can direct you correctly. My mom had some like you and just was aging and she was losing range in her shoulders. Which is fastest joint to go..according to my Rheum. So she does some simple exercises in shower daily and now she is fine...no pills nothing just that.
On other hand...my shoulder has been hurting and losing range despite doing the exercises. My husband had rotor cuff problems and my GP doc both think now that is my problem but they still sending me to specialist.
Also never mix anti inflammatory drugs.. aspirin and motrin for example. Tylenol is okay...but if you have prescription anti inflammatory drugs check with doctor before taking Motrin...and eat even just cracker to save your stomach. You should do this with all anti inflammatory drugs period.
Hope it is just some age issues and nothing serious! but try the motrin!! and ask doctor how high you can take...you can take a lot higher than told for otc but do not with out doctor's instructions etc.

December 7, 2012 - 10:35am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Anonymous,

Your symptoms appear to indicate an autoimmune type arthritis, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis. This type of arthritis is associated with symptoms, such as stiffness, that are worse in the morning and improve as the day goes on. With osteoarthritis, symptoms get worse as the day progresses.

The limited range of motion in your arm, your arm being sensitive to the touch, and being awakened by discomfort may indicate fibromyalgia.

Ibuprofen is the strongest antiinflammatory medication available without a prescription. It should never be taken at the same time that you are taking aspirin.

I strongly suggest you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Your symptoms need to be evaluated and a diagnosis needs to be made.

Maryann

December 5, 2012 - 5:20pm
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