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Old 06-13-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
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Smile Two questions.

I have two questions for you all.

1. Has anyone else here developed RA when they stopped smoking?
2. Can the Rheumy prescribe narcotic pain meds along with RA meds?

I developed symptoms of RA when I stopped smoking, but I believe I have been developing it for awhile. I think the nicotine acted as a type of pain control, or atleast my doctor believes so. It is a very strange case. Since I started having symptoms in February, my pain and symptoms have gotten steadily worse.

Also, my regular doc prescribes Nsaids and Tramadol for pain, which does NOTHING, so I need to know if my Rheumy will work with me to prescribe me a stronger med.

Any input is appreciated, and thank you!!
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Re: Two questions..

I don't know about the smoking link but yes, rheumies can prescribe narcotics. The combination of a low dose narcotic along with a muscle relaxer I find helps more than one or the other alone.


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