no nsaids for oa and fibro

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   Posted 4/16/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
My mom just had a second her second GI bleed secondary to nsaids she takes for oa and fibro.
She can't take anti-inflammatories anymore (she was taking Celebrex) and is experiencing alot of pain. She is taking Darvocet at nite for pain along with Elavil,Lexapro,Diovan and potassium. Does anyone have any suggestions for something she can take daily to help with the pain?Thanks.

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   Posted 4/16/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
maybe lyrica? I am not a big fan of it but it works for some. check with the doc, especially good for fibro.

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   Posted 4/19/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
can she take any of the DMARDs or like Joan siad, Lyrica?
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   Posted 4/21/2008 2:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have bleeding stomach ulcers and cant take nsaids. I would also recommend lyrica. I use to be on it and it worked great. Im on neurontin now because of inurance issues. I hope your Mom feels better.

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   Posted 4/21/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I took a flexibility yoga series from Michigan State University that was strictly for OA and fibros. It, along with hot showers, got me feeling better. The instructor who taught it had severe arthritis in his spine from a bad car accident over 20 years ago. The yogic theory is that the movement of the joints increases some of the synovial fluid production in the joints and helps with mobility and pain. It was uncomfortable in the beginning of the series but I started feeling better within two weeks. You could do this with her a couple of times a week and have her take a darvocet about 20 minutes before starting. She may also start out in a chair if she can't get to the floor.

The flexibility series is not a bunch of weird poses or strange postures. It's simply moving things to help them stay flexible. When starting the series instead of 5 reps, try three, then the next time four until she can work up to 5. It's free, it helps reduce stress and pain and there are no side effects. Plus, she gets to show off to her friends and tell them she is doing yoga. tongue This is the website with instructions.

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   Posted 4/21/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You did not say what joints were affected by oa but there are some injectable medications that help with the larger joints such as knees.

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   Posted 5/1/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
cortisone shots can help with joint pain...BUT...they don't always work and the affect may not last very long. I've had both my knees done twice and the most I got was a week of being pain and swelling free.
On the other hand, my boss had the shots over a yr ago and he's doing just great. No swelling.
Is she already taking glucosamine and omeg 3 fish oil?

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   Posted 5/1/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Injections of artificial synoval fluid can help knees. Again, some people get great long lasting relief-some people feel like they should not have bothered.

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   Posted 5/2/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
What about Ultram?
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