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I still have a month before meeting eith a rheumatologist for the first time. Besides tylenol and ibuprofen, what can I do to help ease the pain until the appointment?

A myRAteam Member said:

I agree that prednisone may be the best temporary relief. There are some supplements that can help with the pain, but you will need to see what works for you. I get pain relief from them but it only lasts for a few hours and then I need more. Fortunately the supplements are inexpensive. You may want to try a good Curcumin supplement, there are many reviews on Amazon to help you pick what might work. Also, Alieve (generic naproxen) helps me more than motrin and you only take it every 12 hours. It is a NSAID like motrin, so make sure to take it with food. If you are having issues sleeping because of the pain, you might want to try taking benadryl at night to help you get to sleep. The other thing that seems to help me is to wrap the joints that are hurting the most with an ace wrap. I don't know why this helps me, but it does. hugs

posted almost 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

They put me on predisone right off which helped the inflammation and pain alot, then a month later I tried methotrexate and still in the early stages with it to see if will work. Maybe can ask about predisone, it is a good bridge to be on before you see your rheumatologist and really helps the pain temporarily. Good luck!

posted almost 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Otc, aleve. If you can get a script then prednisone.

posted almost 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

my primary dr prescribed tramidol for me..i take it with two ibuprophen..it takes the edge off enough to get through my work days..ive been taking it for over a year now without any RA meds yet..its starting to not last as long in my body but still takes the edge off. My rheumy has suggested recently though that i start taking plaqenuil

posted almost 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

You can take naproxen sodium (Aleve), pain rubs like Asper cream with lidocaine. You might be able to find natural remedies like turmeric at a health food store.

posted almost 4 years ago
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