November 26, 2005 2:07 AM Subscribe
My mother is developing severe arthritis in one finger, and can't take most anti-inflammatories. Options?
posted by Malor to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Just thought I'd see if the collective expertise here extends to arthritis. She was showing me her right index finger yesterday, and the joint at the tip is actually becoming deformed... it looks terribly painful. Medications like Celebrex seem to work well, but even Celebrex gives her stomach problems. (I gather that one is supposed to be easier on the digestive system.) Ibuprofen is right out. I think the other mainstream ones all give her trouble too. I believe she's taking a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement, but I'm not sure how much that's helping.
I'm thinking she'll perhaps have to go to some kind of topical remedy... or, if there's some medicine out there that will improve digestive tolerance of anti-inflammatories, that would be good too. I don't think all that much of her doctor, from what she's told me, so I'm hoping for good ideas here.
As an aside, we easily forget what a blessing the modern painkillers are. What an amazing improvement they make to quality of life. If you're short on things to be thankful for, aspirin and ibuprofen definitely rate up there.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.