I am afraid I haven't got a clue on the OA or alternative diagnoses. I am not a health professional-only a moderator and a health geek.
I just know a lot about ulcerative colitis and Crohn's because I have Crohn's. I am learning quite a bit about pain management from my mother's diabetic neuropathy and her arthritis. Her pain management doctor is super helpful in explaining things and talking about different options she has for pain management.
Ah Elizabeth, you certainly can take a number of pain medications with Ulcerative Colitis. (I have crohn's so I know the ins and outs of that)
Yes, the NSAIDS are out but...there are other choices. Also, you might want to check with your GI doc and Osteo about voltaren gel (sometimes this is ok with UC-even if it is an nsaid-because it is external) and lidocaine patches. Hmmm...there has to be something.
Oh yikes, I see, you have tried the voltaren gel before.
How are your B-12 levels? My feet drive me crazy when my B-12 levels are low related to the Crohn's-very painful, can't have anything touch them, etc.View Thread
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