On Friday the FDA announced that the drug Humira which has been prescribed for various other conditions including rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, will now be be able to be used as an ulcerative colitis treatment. UC is a disease that causes inflation of the large intestine which then in term causes a variety of symptoms in those afflicted. However, it was not approved as a first line treatment and is only supposed to be prescribed by doctors after other treatments have proven unsuccessful. It is remarkable how many diseases are caused by some form of inflation in the body and hopefully last week’s approval will provide some degree of relief to those with UC.
The FDA issued a warning about the use of topical creams and gel pain relievers as new evidence suggest that topical analgesic irritation can be extreme in a small number of people. This could include an intense burning sensation which could also lead to blistering and a skin rash.
Seek medical attention if this happens to you and remember to always use common sense by not using these types of skins on broken or already irritated skin. If you have not used this medication in the past, you might also want to apply it to just a small portion of your skin first to make sure no problems arise.
Of course in my case I will also have to exercise a bit first to have to worry about sore muscles.
The new drug is called Tofacitinib which is part of a new class of drugs called Janus kinases which early research indicates may be more effective at treating rheumatoid arthritis than the current drugs on the market, such as the commonly prescribed methotrexate (MTX). The drug is still not approved in the US but hopefully these early trials will lead to some new and much needed remedy for chronic joint pain.
While there is no cure, there are treatment options for ankylosing spondylitis and the associated pain in the sacroiliac joint which is in the lower back. As with other joint and muscle pain issues NSAIDs are usually the first drug to try given the relatively low number of side effects. Physical therapy or activity has also proven effective at treating the pain in the sacroiliac joint. Plus there is a new crop of drugs that have recently been approved to treat ankylosing spondylitis that only your doctor can prescribe. Finally if you suffer from lower back pain caused by this condition please contact us as to what has helped you.
Most joint pain sufferers have probably tried at least one supplement to try and gain some relief. However, there is a new report that points out the potential dangers and risks of using vitamins and supplements to treat joint and muscle pain. In particular, it is never safe to assume that because it is believed that a pill is or claims to be natural that it is automatically safe. It is still possible to overdose on a supplement or to do some other damage to your body. If you don’t have a vitamin deficiency you probably don’t even need to take anything but if you are going to try a supplement to help with joint pain or another condition, always play it safe and speak to your doctor first.
A new study looks at the effectiveness of the rheumatoid arthritis drug methotrexate in patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis. While the results were slightly mixed this drug did not have any effect on synovitis, or the painful swelling of the joints associated with this disease. As usual however always talk to your doctor before stopping or starting any medication.
Interesting article linking the use or overuse of electronic devices, such as a Blackberry or a video game system to joint pain in the thumbs. While repetitive stress issues or carpal tunnel syndrome are not new, especially to those who type away on keyboards all day, those using smaller devices are not immune from pain as the result of frequent use. The pain can get so bad the the affected thumb joint may even require surgery in the worst cases.
Back pain, especially low back pain affects most people at some point in their lifetimes. It is always important to remember the basics of trying to keep occasional back pain from becoming a chronic condition. As we’ve previously discussed maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important factors in warding off many types of joint and muscle pain. Regular exercise and activity will also help along with the age old advice of bend with the knees and not the back when doing any lifting.
For anyone who has ever had a proper massage from a licensed therapist it will probably not be surprising that massage is an effective tool for treating muscle pain, including the most common areas of the lower back, arms, and legs. It can be particularly useful for frequent exercisers and athletes to help them recover from the stress put on their bodies. So massage should no longer be thought of solely as a spa treatment as evidence mounts regarding its effectiveness in helping with all types of muscle fatigue and pain.
A new study points to yoga as an alternative to drug therapy in the treatment of lower back pain. However, obviously caution must be used and yoga should only be practiced under the guidance of a qualified instructor. The report also points out that a regular course of stretching will also achieve the same results in alleviating muscle pain if you are not into the whole “yoga thing”.
The most important and recurring theme from all these medical studies regarding joint and muscle pain treatments is to stay active and keep your weight under control. However, as many of us know, following that advice is never easy when getting out of bed in the morning is extremely painful.