pain meds for OA...get another rheumy. I had it long before getting lupus and took celebrex which gave excellent pain relief and reduced the inflammation. Never took any straight pain meds. If something like lupus is flaring your joints which is a common symptom of lupus, it is lupus that needs treating, not just the pain. If you have to take pain meds do it on a short term basis, not as a primary treatment.