Wednesday, June 22, 2011
As I posted last week, I have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. One of the obvious issues with RA is pain. There are quite a few medications for pain, here's why I can't take them:
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) are medications like asprin, ibuprofin and aleve. There are many different prescription strengths of these medications. These trigger asthma for me.
Stronger Stuff: I am allergic also to hydrocodone (Vicodin). This causes my whole body to itch. This breaks down into morphine when you take it, so chances are I'm allergic to morphine.
There is a prescription analgesic called Ultram / tramadol, but I cannot take this due to increased seizure activity.
I used to be able to take darvocet but they took that off the market. :(
Percocet may be an alternative, but is highly addictive and I really don't want that!
So... what's left? Tylenol. uh, yeah, sure.