Apart from the medication, what actually works for the relief of joint pain?
Do you have access to a heated pool ? ~ a hot tub? ~
A hydroculator is helpful ~ can get one from a pharmacy ~ I love this as it is a very deep heat ~ I take the hydroculator and put in a pot on the stove filled with water ~ heat thoroughly ~ take it out and wrap good in toweling ~ and sit with it where the joint is hurting ~ The mositure really is deep penetrating ~ you may find relief ~ although temporary ~ it may be helpful ~ much better than a heating pad ~ more intense ~ Just be careful to use plenty of towels it will be very hot and you could burn yourself if not enough toweling around it ~
Hope this may help ~