Hello, newbie here hoping for some advice. My 85 year old grandmother, who was always extremely active even in her older years, is suffering from arthritis (all over, but her spine is what is causing the most suffering). She is in constant, severe pain and is now suffering from extreme depression because the pain is non-stop and she can't do even the simplest activities anymore. She is limited in the types of medications she can take because of other medical issues. Corticosteroids are out because of glaucoma, NSAIDs are risky because she has had ulcers. Opioids seem to be the only other option but when the doctor gave her a scrip she refused to continue to take them because she felt "funny" when she took them.
Are there any other options besides these three categories of drugs? She has gone to physical therapy and it did no good at all, her pain is beyond that point. Also, would she eventually get over the "funny" feeling she experienced with the opioid medication if she took it regularly? Can you get used to those enough to both manage pain and function normally?
If anyone has any suggestions I would be extremely grateful. I am heartbroken seeing her suffer so badly. She is a completely different person than she was just 2 or 3 years ago. Thank you.