My wife has had this joint (wrist and elbow) pain and some unexplained itchy rash over her body for several days. She will see a rheumatologist for the first time, probably in a couple of months or longer. But we did a self-diagnosis during the meantime and she appears to have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as she had joint pain when she was a child and the pain has come back to her.
She used Tylenol for pain, which helped a a lot. But once she stopped taking Tylenol, the pain reappeared. So she may want to try OTC NSAID such as Motrin or Advil. My question is:
(1) Will Advil or Motrin induce remission for at least a couple of months so that once she stopped Advil, the pain will not come back. How long will she have to take Advil to have a remission?
(2) From your personal experience, once you take NSAID to get into remission (pain free), how long will it last?
Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.
P.S. I have Crohn's Disease so I don't know much about RA.
Diagnosed with CD in 1994;
In 1994 I was treated with Pentasa of no avail. Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.