Just wanted to welcome you to the forum here, you've already gotten some great advice from some of the best people you'd ever "meet". Glad you found us, and feel free to ask any question you want....everyone here will do their best to help.
Like Erin said, you b/f is blessed to have you!! Your support will be invaluable to him while he tries to wait out the med treatments. I used to be on the methotrexate, but now I take plaquenil, celebrex, and enbrel injections. Sj was right, he needs to stay away from any of the over the counter anti-inflammatories....but he should be ok with Tylenol. There is an arthritis-strength type that lasts 8 hours...I use that when I need something extra for pain. However, if is pain is real intense...you might want to consider a walk-in clinic or the ER if he doesn't have a primary doc. Like Erin said you have to be able to get the pain under control, I can't even imagine waiting six weeks to get relief from the new rheumy.
Bless you both, and let us know how things are going.
Must really ask you to forgive me!! I thought your boyfriend was already on a anti-inflammatory, that's why I said to steer clear of the advil, motrin, etc. I must have read your post too quickly...sorry.. I can't use them because I take Celebrex. However, Erin is absolutley right...ibuprophen or advil, etc those type of meds are great IF he isn't already using something like that. best bet is to listen to Erin, and not to me...., she is our resident rheumy/on-call ask-a-nurse, and she has the med education to back her up....I'm just a dumb patient, learning as I go!! So sorry...BUT...as far as the brandy goes...I will differ with her on that haha!! I was on methotrexate, and the doc said no alcohol becuse of stress to the liver... you could always check with a doc as to how much of the advil is ok for him to take, and a pharmacist will become your best friend in guiding you through what meds are ok to mix with what...
Wow sj..never heard that...thanks! See Crystal? One more proof that I should not be listened to! I think I will stay away from anything medical..I'm just here for moral support....Too many people here that really do know what they are talking about, and I am not one of them lol.
Hugs to you all..and I pray your boyfriend gets feeling better fast.