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Side effects from meds

Hi my name is Annie I am 67 years young and have osteoarthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica. It has taken me a very long time to realise I am not going to get better, I cannot take any of the meds on offer because I suffer from the side effects real bad. You name the meds I have had them. I have ended up in hospital many times through the side effects of them, even to the extent of having a camera put in my wrist to my heart as the docs thought it was bad. If you ever have to have that done please do not worry. It did not hurt at all, it was not even uncomfortable, I just felt a tingle in my shoulder. Co Codamol gives me bad headaches and paracetamol gives me symptoms of very bad period pains. So I'm very limited. I do use a lot of ibuprofen gel, I also have gastritis, a very thin stomach lining. I have yet to meet or talk to anyone who cannot take the meds.


  • AnnaAnna Posts: 43 mod

    Hi @Anie and welcome to the online community,

    Living with osteoarthritis and polymyalgia rheumatica has been made more challenging for you since you experience bad side effects from much of the medication. I'll let other members get in contact about what meds they take and how they affect them, but before I do, I'll link you to a page from the Versus Arthritis website about dealing with pain and possible alternatives to medication:

    I'm glad that your experience of having a camera inserted in your wrist was a positive one - thanks for sharing it as I'm sure it will reassure others who may be worried about having to go through the same procedure.

    Do have a look round the other forums and join in whenever you want to.

    Best wishes,


  • AnieAnie Posts: 2

    Thank you Anna I am going to have a good look round x

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