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Pamela asked...

I have arthritis in both hips.

I have arthritis in both hips and I have been taking Naxofen 500mg. plus pain killers. I know I am one of thousands but can you offer any suggestions to help me overcome the pain and to assist when walking? Have only been dealing with Doctor without any referral.

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For most types of arthritis the primary treatment is medication, pain medication with added non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs if you can tolerate these and it appears this is what your GP has started with. The pain medications do need to be taken regularly with the anti-inflammatory medication to control any pain issues and reduce inflammation within the joints. Overtime prescription strength pain medication may be needed. As symptoms often progress over time, referral to a Rheumatologist may be needed and in time possible joint replacements might need to be considered. If you are having difficulty walking I do suggest you request a referral to a physiotherapist to assess your mobility.

Several of the diet and lifestyle changes which are useful for arthritis are also useful for heart and circulation health, including exercise and omega-3 fatty acids. Maintaining a healthy weight will help with symptoms and mobility. If you have any type of arthritis you should try to eat a balanced and varied diet to get all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. You need a more Mediterranean-style diet which includes fish, pulses, nuts, olive oil and plenty of fruit and vegetables and more omega-3 fatty acids, for example from oily fish. You should also exercise regularly. Hopefully this will help you,

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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