jano...I can totaly relate to joint and hand pain...the throbbing is horrific.
I'm wondering if part of it could be the entocrt...although it could also help inflammation and pain..hard to know.
If you're flaring, could you consider to do the rectal meds?
This is only a small suggestion...have you considered to try the digestive enzyme bromelain?
The other suggestion for pain would be Robaxin...it is a muscle relaxant, however.
You could also consider l-lysine. It is used to help herpes outbreaks, in humans and in cats (upper respiratory infection), but it does also help with joint pain.
There is a new cream out called voltaren that I just saw advertised...could that be an option?
Vent away...I do hope you find relief and that this doesn't last long.
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!