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Suggest a medication for pain and stiffness in the joints

62yr.old female....have pain in my joints,mainly hands. They are stiff, sore and swollen. I try to keep them stretched out but they go right back to the stiffness and pain overnight. When I soak or run hot water over them they feel nearly normal. Wondering if I might have RA. I m not one to take many drugs but I was wondering if there was a low dose medicine I could take to help control the pain and stiffness. I have low thyroid, take Synthroid. Have type 2 diabetes, take metformin, keep A1c under 7 and I use Prevecid for gerd.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hi mam. Thanks for the query.
As by your symptoms. RA must be ruled out.
Early morning stiffness of joints is one of the important symptom of RA.

You need get a panel of tests done before you diagnose RA. Those are
Complete blood counts
RA factor
ANA indirect immunoflorescence to rule out other connective tissue related joint problems.

Once these tests are done you can get a diagnosis. Based on these treatment will be started.

For treatment of RA, medications help 50% and physiotherapy helps 50%.

Both medications and physiotherapy must go hand in hand to relieve your problems. Till you consult doctor, you need to do you simple exercises like walking and others.

Thank u
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