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Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief: What Do You Know?

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The topic of pain relief came up last week in the Twitter #rheum chat. A couple of people Tweeted that their rheumatologists don’t give them pain relief meds.  I hear that from people sometimes, and I wondered…

Whose responsibility is it to provide Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief?

phone linesThe huge pain study by Strand showed 72% of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients live with daily pain even though 75% take daily pain relief medications. Do rheumatologists realize this?

Here’s a typical conversation I had on the topic of Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief with a reader called “Mike.” Like I told Mike, I think many patients seek pain relief from a primary care doctor or a pain specialist when they can’t get it from their rheumatologist.

What more can be done for pain relief for people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis? When we think of how quickly new inventions appear and change our landscape, Professor West seems justified in saying “It’s beyond pathetic” if more cannot be done to bring relief for RA.

Patients also Tweeted: At what point do you ask your rheum doc for pain meds? How do you approach them about it? Anyone had a bad reaction from their doc about it?

Announcing a Rheum Blog Carnival about Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief

Since this topic touches such a large percentage of rheumatology patients, I’d like to expand the conversation about pain relief even beyond the comments pages to other blogs. We’ll have a blog carnival for anyone who’d like to write on this topic. Any type of blog can participate, as long as you email me your link by noon EDT, August 9th  date extended till Aug.12th (the sooner, the better).

Some topics that might be explored in a blog post on Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief:

  • Do people have sufficient pain relief? Are medications sufficiently prescribed? Do they work?
  • Which doctors prescribe medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief? Pain management specialists? Rheumatology practices? General practitioners?
  • Which methods for Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief work? Eastern medicine techniques like acupuncture? Spiritual techniques like meditation? Traditional physical methods like heat, ice, or rest?

PLEASE put RA Pain Blog Carnival in the subject of the email.

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