If NSAIDS interfere with the fusion process, what drugs can be taken for arthritic pain? My 77 year old mom has developed arthritis so bad in her hands lately that it's hard for her to grasp things. It's in her arms/shoulders as well, and she also has rotator cuff issues. These things prevent her from being able to push herself up in bed effectively to get out and walk as much as she should. The pain keeps her from even wanting to try.
It's really dampening her progress and she's depressed. What do the rest of you with arthritis take after fusion surgery that doesn't interfere with the fusion process? I have a call in to her doctor, but it's not been returned yet.