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I have been told by my GP that I have arthritis mainly in my hands. All I was offered was NSAIDs, and a self referral to a psysio. I go to the gym which helps. However, I was not told what sort of arthritis I have. I was prescribed antacids due to taking so much ibuprofen. However, I frequently feel nauseaious, tired and have an upset stomach. Surely there must be something else I could have to help with the permanent swelling in my hands, as ibuprofen has so many risks. Also I read that without the proper treatment, arthritis can affect everything, not just the joints. I feel so anxious about it all, and I fear my doctor will just tell me to keep taking ibuprofen

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  • Welsh1
    Welsh1 Member Posts: 88
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    Have you had blood tests

  • GmG
    GmG Member Posts: 5
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    No, I was informed to look at arthritis websites, and told to take Ibuprofen.

  • Robydo
    Robydo Member Posts: 1
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    Hi GmG, I have osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis, along with some other related issues. I was diagnosed with RA 10 years ago, but had my first knee replacement in 2010, and that was after [roughly] 6 years of conservative treatment. I share that only to assure you that I absolutely understand what you’re going through! Also, of course, I am not a physician and rarely do 2 patients share identical experiences; however, I’m hoping you might find my experiences helpful. I find it very interesting that you haven’t had any blood work done! Even before being diagnosed with any type of arthritis, blood tests were routinely part of an appointment with my PCP/GP. I was fortunate to have a caring and supportive friend in my boss, and it was at her suggestion that I went to see a Rheumatologist. I imagine you might also find a rheumatologist to be a welcomed part of your healthcare team. I was referred to a pain management specialist by my [first] rheumatologist because, like you, I was taking a lot of ibuprofen and never found acetaminophen to provide much relief regardless of what pain I was taking it for. The joints in my hands, like yours, are chronically swollen from the RA. Generally, RA causes inflammation and pain symmetrically; for example, in both hands, both feet…etc. OA is the arthritis responsible for so many of us to have chrome plated titanium in our knees! lol I wrap this up saying that if I were you, I would find a rheumatologist who would help me not only with a diagnosis, but also with a treatment plan.
    Wishes for a pain-free tomorrow,
    Robydo