24/7 Severe Pain

lynne888 Member Posts: 7
Would anyone have any tips on pain management? What has worked well? Any good gels/creams? I've tried almost everything but nothing is now working.


  • helpline_team
    helpline_team Posts: 3,273
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi lynne 888,

    Thank you for posting on our helpline forum. I am sorry to hear you are experiencing a lot of pain and nothing seems to be helping.

    It may be good to arrange an appointment with your GP to review your pain relief medication and to see what other treatment may be helpful. In addition to anti-inflammatory gels/creams, there is a cream called Capsaicin which can be effective for some people. You could ask your GP about this, as it is only available on prescription.

    The right kind of exercise to reduce stiffness can help you to move more freely and be in less pain. Your GP could refer you to a physiotherapist for an assessment and advice about exercises. Maintaining a healthy weight also helps to put less strain on your joints and reduce pain.

    Our Versus Arthritis website has some helpful information and suggestions for managing pain. Follow this link: https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/managing-symptoms/managing-your-pain/

    For more information about healthy eating and exercise, see: https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/managing-symptoms/

    This link may also help: https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/living-with-arthritis/

    If at any point you would like to talk things through informally and in confidence, you are welcome to call our Free Helpline on 0800 5200 520 weekdays 9am – 8pm. You may also like to post on our Living with Arthritis Forum. This is a very popular forum, so you may receive more responses.

    I hope this is of some help.

    Best wishes,

    Fiona, Helpline Advisor