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Hi everyone

Just wanted to share that I decided to eventually take the Celebrex (NSAID) that my rheumy prescribed me. I was reluctant at first (as was my GP) because of my weight and blood pressure problems and he started me on a different NSAID (Relifex) which didnt seem to help the joint pains at all.

Recently I had a bit of a flare up and ended up on 40mg of pred and was dreading tapering back down. I had stopped the Relifex while I was on the pred and about two weeks ago I decided to try the Celebrex to help with the pred taper.

Long story short - Im now down to 7.5mg pred and on one Celebrex a day and I have minimal joint pain. :) Im almost afraid to say it in case the effects disappear tomorrow;)

However if its the effects of the Celebrex then its the first NSAID that has worked for me in almost four years. I was beginning to think that I was sub consciously sabotaging myself but, fingers crossed, I have found an anti inflammatory that works! Yay! I might even be able to get off the pred completely at this rate!

Of course me being me I will test this out at some point in the future and stop the Celebrex for a few days. If the joint pains come back then I will be 100% convinced :wink2:

Just wanted to share the good news
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Hi Joan,

I'm glad to hear that celebrex seems to be working for you.

I certainly found it to be the best anti-inflammatory when I took it before but it isn't prescribed at all here any more and never was reimbursed unless you were over sixty (which I'm not yet even if I have felt 90 quite often :lol:).

Long may it last. I'll send all positive vibes to you so that it does :)

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hi Joan,
That is good news for you and here is to hoping that you have found what works for you. It sounds like you have been looking for awhile now. Just wanted you to know I am here if you need to talk and will support you anyway I can.
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Joan,

I am so happy to hear Celebrex, is helping you. Long may it continue to work for you!

My husband takes it also, and can tell when he forgets a dose..It is always, so good to hear another, is having less pain, with a med that works for them.

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Hi Grandma ;),

So glad to hear this is working for you. i thought I was the only one that couldn't find a NSAID after Diclofenac, Lodine, Indomethacin and Naproxen all failed for me.

I might ask my doc to prescribe this one.

Lots'a'luv,

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Hi Joan,:)

What great news that is.:trampo: It is wonderful that you have found the right med that is giving you relief.

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Hi Joan,

It would be wonderful if you could replace the Prednisone with Celebrex. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

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Joan,

So glad that the Celebrex is working for you and that in time you can decrease the pred enough to be off it completely.

Like you I had problems with NSAIDS and even though the GP and Specialist were going to allow me to try this one they decided not to due to the stomach issues.

Are you able to increase the dose of Celebrex to a higher one soon (not sure if you an with this drug), to help even more with the tapper of pred?

Take care and fingers crossed that long may it last working!

Love and hugs!

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Hi Joan!

I'm thrilled the Celebrex is working for you! I know you've had a tough time finding an NSAID that is effective for your pain.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that the relief continues long-term!

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Wow ! I've read 2 great , positive threads today. Yours Joan , and Douglas's.
That's it I'm not going to read any others today. LOL
So, So glad that something is working for you. I know that sometimes having just moments in the day free of pain is a welcome relief, so am hoping celebrex is definitely the answer for you dear.
All the best in the future.
 

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wOO HOO ! That is great news ! I know that you have been in so much pain lately and have tried different things and I am so glad to hear that you have found something that works (knock on wood)

I hope that it continues and you have more pain free days !
 

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Dear jaon, im so glad that its helping you, i will keep fingers crossed for you, now dont you go stopping it just to see mrs lol:hehe:

take care of you Lin xx
 

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Another Plug for Celebrex

I was hospitalzed in June for pericarditis. I went up to 80mg of prednisone and it still wasn't working. At the hospital they added indomethacin (NSAID), which I never take because I'm on coumadin. They said it was okay for short term use. And, luckily it worked.

Since then the Rheumy changed the indomethacin for celebrex. What I didn't now was that NSAIDs affect your red blood cells and if I was to start bleeding, they wouldn't be able to stop it. Apparently Celebrex is the only NSAID that does not affect the red blood cells. So, I take 2 tablets (200 mg each) daily and I have no inflammation around my heart or lung. First time in almost 3 years.

Now if they could only find something to fix my knees. I'm taking Gabapentin and Amitriptlyne. They help, but it probably won't go away until I'm off predisone, which will be quite a while. I want to walk again!!!:(

Nutty
 
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