I'm a big fan of arthritis creams that contain bengay type ingredients as well as salicylic acid (aspirin). There are some good horse liniments that are strong and work really good and smell better than some of the creams. Absorbine is one of them. Also, you might want to talk to your doc about take joint supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM. MSM is more of a pain killer, glucosamine increases the fluid in the joint (which is often lost in arthritis) and chondroitin mends the cartilage that lines the joints. There are also shots you can get in the joints that can help alot. I would ask for pain management for it if it is really bothering you and the pain management guy has a lot of non-medicine and medicine related things they can do. Becareful about knee surgery. If you don't really need it, it can cause more problesm than you already have, but if you need it, like my grandfather with RA, then it is a life saver and kept him walking and out of a wheelchair.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments