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I have arthritis in my lower back and am in constant pain. My doctors put me on Mobic last month. I have had some swelling in my ankles, which is one of the signs you are supposed to watch for, but was told by the corpsman at the clinic after going in to have it and my BP checked that I was within normal standards. Well, I also noticed that unusual weight gain is one of the things to watch for and within the past two-three weeks, I have gained almost 10 pounds.... it sucks because I can tell that most of it is fluid.
Anyone else have any experience with arthritis meds?
I also have arthritis and had been on Vioxx and a few of the others. Of course that's not an option now and they weren't working that great anyway. Well, about 5 months ago my Dr. had me try Limbrel and it's worked better than anything else I've tried. It's an imflammetory. He said it's not the same type as Vioxx, Celebrex and those. In his opinion it's very safe and I have had no side effects. It's a little more expensive, I do have insurance but have to pay a larger copay for Limbrel but it's worth it for me. Hope this helps!
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I took prednizone for my rheumatoid arthritis for a while and gained a lot of fluid. They finally put me on diclofinec (sp??) and that helped a lot and the fluid retention went down considerably. Of course now I am pregnant and suffering like crazy, but...only 3 more scorching months to go!!
I take Naproxin (Aleve) that I buy at Costco. I've been out of it for over a week now, and I can really tell the difference. I usually take 2 at night before bed, that way I can get up in the morning. I've got a lot of joint pain, and I have arthritis in my neck, and it really seems to help. I'm afraid of taking anything else, since I have a history of heart stuff in my family.
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After about a year of going through different perscriptions (celebrex, vioxx. . ., which worked great for a couple of months then stopped working) my dr. put me on norgesic (anti-inflamitory, pain reliever) I've been on it for about 2 years and it does a pretty good job.
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis (and Lupus), and took Vioxx for a month when it first came out, it did NOTHING for me. I was on Celebrex for a few years, but lost my health insurance and can't afford it anymore ($400 a month for the dose I was on, and I'm on disability, so I have limited income). I also was on prednisone daily for about 3 years, but it caused osteoperosis, so I had to go off of it (I broke my foot getting out of bed... my doc was a little worried). I did have a bit of fluid retention from it, but it helped the most (and, it's soooo affordable... figures I can't take it). I take Aleve in the morning, and Vicodin for pain when I need it. I'm coping alright, but not as well as when I was on all my meds... they are all SO EXPENSIVE, I've had to stop taking almost all of them.
Okay, I'm done whining now... it's good to hear what others have to say about the meds now, especially since so many are questionable these days.
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I've taken all the arthritis drugs - Vioxx, Mobic (which did nothing), Celebrex, and Bextra (which helped the best, but I got an itchy rash on my hand and then they pulled it). I have arthritis in my low back and neck from whiplash accidents. Now I just take Advil (3 at a time, 2 or 3 times a day). I also had a friend tell me about an enzyme supplement called Serrapeptase which is supposed to help a number of different things including the pain from arthritis. I've been taking it for about 3 weeks and it has helped a lot. I'll probably keep taking it, because since I've been taking it, I can get out of my waterbed easier without a lot of pain.
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I have rhuematoid arthritis in my back and neck. I've had it since I was 14. Unfortunately, I am hypersensitive to medications, so there are few that I am able to take without breaking out in hives, swelling up like a balloon or laying on the couch with my tongue hanging out of my mouth and drooling. (It ain't pretty!) I'm pretty much only able to take Aleve or Advil. It takes the edge off the pain, but there are many more days lately that make me not quite painfree. I'm sort of glad that my doctor had the foresight to not put me on some of the meds that had recently been pulled! Scarey!
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I am somewhat limited on what meds I can take because the Navy doesn't have a fully stocked pharmacy here on the island - you take what you can get. I cut back to just one Mobic instead of two and some of the swelling is down and I have lost 2 pounds - yippee!!! I also take glucosamine condroiton twice a day and have for years. I can definitely tell when I don't take it. And, to sleep well at night, I take a Vicodin before bedtime - rarely do I take one during the day.
I will keep these meds' names handy and talk to my Dr. next time I go in.
I have juvenile arthritis had for as long as I can remember. My pain is all over I mostly do mind over matter. I have tried all kinds of meds and the side effects are far worse than the arthritis I have received no relief. So I take tylenol arthritis which works enough to get me through. Has anyone ever tried bee stings I saw that on tv once--gross. Eventually I guess you'll try anything. I wish all my fellow RA sufferers the best.