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Sore joints

Sore joints

I have athiritis in my joints, can anyone recommend painkillers I can take. In 2016 I had a DVT in my left leg and in January 2017 with a pulmonary embolism in my left lung. I’m now on apixaban for life, I’m still not sure of what your allowed to take because of this drug. My joints are very sore. I got Co codomol 30/500, but they make me feel ill. Thanks in advance. X

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Did you mean to join this forum, are you an AFibber?

We can't advise about treatment here I'm afraid.

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Do not take any NSAIDs as these promote AF. Please discuss with your doctor as we can't advise on medical matters.

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Many thanks.😊

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I have PAF and osteoarthritis, I take tramadol slow release every 12 hours and normal tramadol throughout the day with paracetamol. I am on Flecainide and Atenelol with Riveroxiban as anticoag. I cannot advise you as I am not medically trained so best to ask Cardiologist. I cant tolerate co codamol as it makes me sick.

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Thanks, yes the co codomol usually make me sick, terrible feeling.

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I also have arthritis and am on apixaban. Can’t take nsaids because they irritate stomach and with blood thinners you can have bleeds. It’s also not good for heart. My doc gives me co codamol 8/500 and 30/500. I buy straight paracetamol. Doc says aim is to take paracetamol Four times a day to keep low level of pain relief. On a good day that might be just paracetamol. More usually it’s 8|500. The next step up is to take one of those and one 30/500. Doesn’t make me sick then. On a very bad day I might resort to two of the big ones. But no more than 8 tablets in 24 hrs, no matter what dose. You can use voltarol gel if your doc agrees, and I am trying another one called capsicum which is prescribed. I alternate the strengths according to my pain. Taking lowest dose possible as you do get used to it and it stops working. It might be worth asking your doc if this would suit. Been doing this a few years now. Don’t get me wrong, I miss not being able to take diclofenac, but only other option is tramadol, which is morphine based. No way do I want that.

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PS this is all with doctor ok. Always check as your condition could be quite different.🌷

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Thanks, I’ve been told I’m not allowed to use voltarol gel. I use bio freeze gel thinly there is no ibrubrofen in it, that takes the edge of it. My doctor has told me to take the co codomol with different dosages to see if that helps. So fingers crossed!! 😊

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Yes, it’s a trick getting it right. Have been absolutely crippled last few days after a relatively ok period. I sympathise. Today sore feet and AF together!

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A pharmacist told me not to take voltarol gel if I have afib

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My GP said I could. Maybe I should check with pharmacist. Sometimes they know better!

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