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.

15 January 2015

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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