Some advanced cases of osteoarthritis may require higher strength pain killers than can be offered over the counter at a drugstore. In some cases, a doctor may give a patient prescription strength pain killers, such as NSAIDs or acetaminophen. Prescriptions should be taken only when prescribed specifically by a doctor and, in the case of osteoarthritis patients, should be combined with long-term lifestyle changes.
"My knee feels stiff when I sit for a long time and it hurts to get up. But, after I walk for a few minutes, the pain eases up." "My hands are stiff in the morning or after I take a nap during the day. After I have been awake for about twenty minutes, the pain is completely gone." "My lower back is very tight in the morning and it hurts to…