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Pain management tips

Hi everyone. I don't see my neurologist until 27th and have everything crossed that I may have a diagnosis at that point (or not, if what I have read here is anything to go by!) Anyway, the joint pain that I am experiencing has increased a lot since I last saw my consultant, especially in my knees and wrists. Because I have no firm diagnosis, I also have no meds to take. I have tried Ibruprofen and topical gel but still in pain especially at night. I'm finding that this is disturbing my sleep and adding to the daily fatigue that I have anyway. Should I go to see my GP? Any advice would be gratefully received.

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Yes, I'd see your GP, who may well be able to offer other meds for pain relief, particularly as the pain is disturbing your sleep. I hope you get some relief.

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Thank you Lupiknits. Went to GP today and have some Naproxen now, let's hope this helps.

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Hi MoyaP,

I am sorry to hear you are experiencing joint pain and sleeping difficulty. I would advise you to consult your GP about the symptoms you are experiencing whilst waiting for your upcoming appointment with your neurologist.

Although you have not had a diagnosis for lupus; around 90% to 95% of people with lupus will experience muscle and/or joint pain. To find out how lupus flares of joints and muscles can be treated, you may wish to read our factsheet on ‘LUPUS: The Joints and Muscles’ here: lupusuk.org.uk/wp-content/u...

We published an article on our blog about pain management which I hope you will find useful: lupusuk.org.uk/pain-managem...

Please keep us updated, wishing you all the best.

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Thank you for your help, it is much appreciated.

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