Posted 4/2/2019 7:03 AM (GMT -7)
Hi, Graygirl! I have ankylosing spondylitis which is like rheumatoid arthritis of the spine. I was in abject misery. My rheumatologist wanted to put me on Remicaid infusions and I refused. I didn’t like the possible side effects...especially when my family history was considered. I had taken ibuprofen for years for pain but developed bleeding ulcers. So I stopped the ibuprofen and that’s when I went downhill fast. The doctor said I probably have had AS for years but kept it under control with ibuprofen.
I decided to start it up again and my Internist had me start a medication that helps prevent ulcers called misoprostol. I was feeling somewhat better and did some searching. On a National Institutes of Health site I saw that Robaxin (methocarbamol) helped some with AS so I asked my rheumy if they would prescribe it and they did. This, along with the ibuprofen, has made a significant difference in my pain.
The prescription said to take two tablets four times a day but I decided to try one tablet four times a day because I didn’t want drowsiness. It worked! Then, as I improved, I was able to backdown on both medications. I now take ibuprofen (3 tablets) and Methocarbamol (1tablet) twice a day...before breakfast and before dinner. I have no side effects from the methocarbamol taking it this way and have had no ulcers with the help of misoprostol. I’ve been doing this for seven years.
I just wanted to share my experience with you...just in case it might work for you. Before I took these, I could hardly walk and had to use two canes. Now I do not need canes. I’m happy!
I hope you do feel better soon.