Lisa_marie54 Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:11 in Living with arthritis

Good afternoon all,

I am new to this site and been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hands and feet and waiting too see if it’s osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in my elbows and awaiting to see a specialist for the severity of my condition,and an x ray on my hips in the meantime I’m now on patches to manage the pain but still in discomfort 😢

Any advice would be very helpful even typing this hurts my hands.


  • noddingtonpete
    noddingtonpete Moderator Posts: 826

    Hello @Lisa_marie54 and welcome to our friendly and supportive Community. I hope that will be your experience as well.

    I understand that you have osteoarthritis in your hands and feet and possible rheumatoid arthritis in your elbows and possibly hips. I understand that this is causing you pain and I've put a couple of links in below which I hope may be of some use.


    Please keep posting and let us know how you are getting on and I am sure others will connect to share their experiences as well.

    With best wishes

    Peter (moderator)

    Need more help? - call our Helpline on 0800 5200 520 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm

  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 390

    Hi @Lisa_marie54

    I've been on patches since August and found they get rid of about 75-80% of pain. I have considered asking for stronger ones but think a bit of pain is manageable and stops me from doing too much when it kicks in.

    I do top up the patches when necessary with my tens machine, red tiger balm and if it's really bad and I need something else I will top up with a tramadol. I take two paracetamol when I go to bed to help me sleep.

    My patches are the lowest dose buprenorphine which I change weekly.

    If it really gets to the point that I can't cope I'll ask for the dose to be increased.

    I am seeing the hip clinic on the 25th and hoping that continued pain in the patches might convince them to fix me sooner rather than later.

    Love n hugs

    Trish xx

  • Jan73
    Jan73 Member Posts: 2

    hi I’m new to this ,

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hip and I’m trying to find out what medicines work best for pain .I’m on naproxen and paracetamol but they only take the edge off . Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you

  • Anna
    Anna Moderator Posts: 873

    Hi @Jan73 and welcome to the online community (sorry to hijack your thread @Lisa_marie54 ),

    I'm sure you'll find some useful information on the forum about dealing with the pain of osteoarthritis - all our members have experience of living with some kind of arthritis and are keen to give supportive advice. Of course, pain and pain treatment is a personal thing, so what works for one won't necessarily work for another, but it's a good idea to see what is about that may be able to help.

    You might be interested in the link below from the Versus Arthritis webpage - it talks about different treatments available for arthritis, including common drugs, alternative treatments and ideas for self help:

    Do let us know how you're getting on,

    Anna (Moderator)

    Need more help? - call our Helpline on 0800 5200 520 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm