My GI prescribed a couple different NSAIDs to deal with not only the pain but the inflammation in my joints. He had me try each one in an attempt to see if there was one I could tolerate. He said that depending on the problem, the benefit my outweigh the side effects. My response to the NSAIDs was not GI prblems but lots of swelling in my legs. Some Crohnnies can tolerate NSAIDs - in terms of their guts.
Perhaps that is your GI's approach - seeing if you can tolerate them. If you can, then you have a relief for your joints without using a more potent medicine.
Moderator Crohn's Disease Forum
CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, lupus, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, peripheral artery disease, degenerative disc disease, and a host of other medical problems.