I remember reading an article about a link between arthritis and asthma. I have well controlled asthma and now in my 60's have developed pain in both hips and lower back. There is a history of osteoarthritis in the family. I have not had a definitive diagnosis of arthritis yet but the pain is definitely musculoskeletal. I get a 'shock' in my left hip if I put a foot in a rut in a field say and struggle with inclines. 20% of my cartilage has gone in the right knee but I have no problem with that. When younger I would hike long distances with a 20lb pack. I take 256mg of Ibuprofen long acting morning and evening and following medication, can walk a mile or so before soreness stops me. My lower back is often worse in the morning but improves considerably with mobility and exercise.
I would like to relate my experience with other medication.
I have sometimes needed to boost my pain relief and have found that Paramol (paracetamol + dihydrocodeine), has little effect but Lemsip Flu Max capsules (paracetamol, caffeine, phenylephrine), has a marked effect on my pain to the extent that it becomes very mild. I also remember taking a Piriton (chlorpheniramine), before bed and woke up feeling great. I repeated that medication but did not replicate the effect to that extent again.
I also had a period of anxiety when the pain disappeared almost completely. I felt young again. Adrenaline effect?
My question is this: Could joint pain and inflammation be linked to histamine production and therefore respond to medications used to treat asthma, eczema, hay fever and other allergic responses?
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