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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Anti-Inflammatories

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Question: I have had dequaver's tendonitis in my right arm for 12 years and have a 3% permanent disability from this. My problem is that as I get older (I am 50 years old) I find that my wrist is bothering me more and more. I was given Relafen and Voltaren for anti-inflammatories and I have become allergic to these. I break out in a major rash on my trunk, and I started taking Ibuprofen for inflammation and am now allergic to them. What else can be taken to relieve the inflammation? I have a very high tolerance to most medications. What works on others usually does not or takes double the dose to work for me. I have no permanent physician and I'm curious as to what comes next after I have exhausted all anti-inflammatory drugs.

Answer: I'm kind of mystified as to why you don't have ongoing medical care with such a potentially debilitating problem. Physical therapy and local injections are about all that is left if you can't tolerate NSAIDS. See a sports specialist or orthopedic before you can't use this arm. It may need to be casted to rest it.

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