Osteoarthritis in my shoulder

Marje Member Posts: 3
edited 2. May 2023, 07:52 in Living with arthritis
Discussion moved to Living With Arthritis, Peter (Admin)


  • Marje
    Marje Member Posts: 3

    I have oesteoarthritus in my shoulder and X-ray says oesteopenic I’m waiting for a cortisone injection which I have had before which really helped but as I want it by ultrasound so it hits the spot I have a long wait can you recommend painkillers I cannot take ibrupofen as I have diverticulitis and was advised not to take it your help would be appreciated

  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 570

    Hi @Marje i also have diverticulitis and have had two subacromial decompressions, one on each shoulder.

    It's best to speak with your GP - I found a combination (not all at once lol) of Nefopam, codeine, paracetamol and Tramadol helped together with voltarol gel - the stronger version, ice packs and heat packs

    Trish xx

  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,550

    The main thing you can buy over the counter is paracetamol @Marje but you can get the low dose co-codamol from the chemist as well. Either might be enough. If not you'd need your GP to prescribe something stronger.

    With my osteoarthritis pains I find heat best and have several microwaveable wheatbags which I use a lot.

    My youngest had her shoulder replaced at 19 an she swore by her wheatbags prior to the surgery.

    Take care

    Toni x

  • Baloo
    Baloo Member Posts: 427

    I find Paracetamol helps on and off, providing I take the full dose. There are times I can function better, almost normal, and times the pain breaks through, so I am reminded to take care. For that reason I think its a good choice, I don't know what the other painkillers are like.