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postal2
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   Posted 3/10/2005 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
The Dr prescribed me Arthrotec 75. Anyone heard of it? He said it is a very powerful anti-inflamatory, and if it doesn't work, none of them will. I start with 1 a day and work up to 3 if needed. I go back in one month. He also gave me a novacane/cortisone shot in both hips. He said I have pretty substancial bursitis in each hip. The bed in the hotel was horrible, so maybe tonight I will get a good nights sleep. He also took about 6 x-rays, bloodwork and urine test. Not quite sure what all that is for, but I feel he is thorough! I liked him. If this arthrotec works, I think I'll marry him!! LOL! Oh wait, Lou might not agree with that! Oh well, I guess a big hug will have to do =)
Thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers. I will let you know if it works. L&H, Gail


 It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.   Elisabeth Kubler Ross

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sdearing
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   Posted 3/11/2005 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, sending hugs and prayers that this does the trick for you. Glad you got there and back safely. I think you need to stick with the hug for the doc. LOL

L&H
Sara
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claramels2
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   Posted 3/11/2005 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, this doc sounds like a gem.  Like that he's so thorough.  Hope this med works wonders for you...it's not easy living in constant pain.  Gentle hugs hon, Libby


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gma
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   Posted 3/11/2005 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
It sure does sound like you had a thorough going over. I will add my prayers with the others that this medicine works and you get some relief. Hugs MK


ardee
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   Posted 3/11/2005 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back, sweetie. Glad you got something besides Tylenol for your efforts. I'm praying that this one is IT! (Not the doctor, the drug!!)!

Love you,
Rita


DiVanDyke
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   Posted 3/12/2005 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Hugs Gail,
Hope it works. Maybe I should change to this anti-imflammatory instead of Celerex. It's probably not a Cox-2 inhibitor is it?
I think Lou is really nice too. He doesn't mind if you travel. Love, Di P.S. Tell him Hi from me.

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   Posted 3/13/2005 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, I'm so sorry you're suffering like this. Hope the new medicine works and you get some relief. Sending you hugs, Luci
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DiVanDyke
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   Posted 3/13/2005 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Morning Gail,

A girl in my Sunday school has horrible arthritis. Her brother lives near the Mexican border and she just got a new prescription from Mexico that she says is nothing short of a miracle. It is Vengesic. There are a number of things in it: I think one is cortisone. I told her I would tell her what medicine you got. Prayers for both of you. She may still need surgery, but now she is at least out of pain enough to get a good nights sleep. Hugs, Di


postal2
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   Posted 3/13/2005 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Di, no, Arthrotec is an anti-inflamatory, not a Cox-2 inhibitor. It also has another drug in with it to make it easier on your stomach, but you still need to take it with food. I have now had 1 tablet each day since I got home, and so far it has made a BIG difference! If this keeps up I am a happy camper!!! It has only bothered my stomach alittle, and you cannot lie down for 30 min after taking it. I do have some reflux, but it has never been too serious. I'd like to keep it that way. Hope you are doing well, sweetie. Love you, Gail
 It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.   Elisabeth Kubler Ross


Cathi
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   Posted 3/14/2005 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Gail...so glad that they found something to help the pain ! Hope it continues and that you are painfree..

Love and hugs

Cathi

 

 


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cupycake2
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   Posted 3/14/2005 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail,

Sure hope that your new meds do the trick to that arthritis!

Thinking of you sweetie.

Hugs,
Debbie
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   Posted 3/15/2005 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, hope you are getting some relief and that the new medication is working. Uncle Arthur is one of those 3-day relatives.

Love and hugs to you,

Candy

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Frayda
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   Posted 3/15/2005 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gail! Sounds like you found a great doc! The Arthrotec is a NSAID - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.  All these drugs take time to build up an optimal blood level, sometimes 6 weeks until it reaches the peak effectiveness. So be patient; it's a good sign that you have gotten some relief already. Hope this really helps. Good luck! Frayda
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