Arthritis - What medications are you taking??

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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 1/15/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Greetings, all.

I know many here endure pain and inflammation of joints. I am about to throw in the towel and go see a specialist. I woke up today and cannot hardly walk or even hold anything due to the pain in all my freakin' joints (fingers, hands, knees, feet... well, almost every joint).

What I want to know is, what medications are available that do NOT cause Lupus, colon cancer, etc. Can you guys throw out some meds that you have had good experience with that do not have extreme risks and/or harsh side affects.

As always, thank you my extended family.


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   Posted 1/15/2009 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
i sometimes get extreme joint pains but my doc says i cant take any arthritis meds because of the cronh´s :S
so please let me know also if there are any meds you can take :)
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Diagonsed with Crohns disease in December 2008..

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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I just use my pain meds (1/2 tab Percoset) 3 x's a day for my joint pain. Tylenol does zero, zilch, nada for me, so all I can use is my pain meds. Sucks huh!!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 1/15/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Celebrex ( which us Crohnies CAN use BTW..), Lyrica, & Tramadol.
But when dealing with arthritis nothing is perfect, there will always be risks.


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   Posted 1/15/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Tylenol Arthiritis takes it away almost immediately. At first you immediately feel better, and then it goes away after a few hours completely.
27m - Dx January 2005 and given 80mg Prednisone to taper off and 12 tablets of Asacol
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily

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   Posted 1/15/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Ask your dr about's a gel that you apply directly to the joint.  I can't stomach most of the arthritis and pain meds and Voltaren has really helped with several of my joints.  The smell isn't bad for an arthritis gel (kind of like lavendar) and it goes away within about 10 minutes (so does the pain). 
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to those who took the time to reply. Trying with great difficulty to wrap my tiny head around this one. Was really hoping that something besides Remicade and Humira are out there. I grumbled a bit then ended up taking three... yes three of my pain pills just so I could walk from the house out to the car this morning. I take the hydrocodine stuff the 10s. I have always said no to anything stronger and only take when needed but today was one of those days when I was wishing I had some of that stuff they give at the hospital. Pain just plain bites the proverbial big one.

I will go in and "visit" with a rheumy doc, see what they've got to say and follow up with you guys. I be gimpin' fo' sure. :) Turning 42 next week but am feeling like I'm 90 this week.


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   Posted 1/16/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been put on a low dose of Nortriptyline as while it is an antidepressant my doctor said there had been some evidence it worked on the pain of arthritis as well.  To be honest it doesn't appear to be helping and I am not willing to go on a higher dose.
Diagnosed with Crohn's 27.10.08. I'm a Kiwi looking to increase my knowledge.  As they say KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!

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   Posted 1/16/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leslie,
Sorry you are going through this. I take Methotrexate (15mg orally) for my AS and although I was thinking it was having a placebo effect on it , when I didnt take it I sure knew about it.
Hope you find relief soon :)

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 1/17/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, guys. Yesterday I found out the guy helping me with a server rack used to be a pharmacists. Poor soul... I was 20-questioning him. Now I am even more confused... too much info, I guess.

Will call my PCP Monday. For the first time with this DD, my joints hurt WAY worse than my gut. I don't do so well with pain. about to go soak in a hot bath with epson salt then curl back up under the covers.

Again, I really appreciate the responses. I always tell everyone who I meet who suffers from this DD about healingwell and all the WONDERFUL folks here. I may not post every day, but I am here reading every day. :)

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   Posted 1/17/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Les, don't know who is prescribing your pain pills, but if the script does not call for 3 at a time, I would be very careful. Self dosing is very dangerous and puts you walking a fine line. I would be asking for a ref to a rheumy if you are having this type of joint pain, they can do wonders for you.


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   Posted 1/17/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I know. This is why I posted. That is not a norm at all... that was the one and only time I did that. I made it through work - I NEVER miss work. I had high priority obligations that had to be met last week. I got through them. I will be in contact with my PCP on Monday. I openly communicate with him (as I do with the folks here) and trust his opinion. Thanks for the reply. Do not worry about medication abuse with me. The bigger concern is successful treatment rather than the "bandaid" I placed on the symptoms that one day.

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   Posted 1/17/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Please be careful with the Hyrocodone meds.., you can actually get too much acetamiophen(sp?) & end up with liver damage. I'd ask my doc for one that had more of the hydrocodone. Or try an Oxycodone medication ( Tylox, Percocet) maybe.
The joint pain is often my worst symptom, at least when I'm stone free..


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   Posted 1/17/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I am careful with ALL medications. I only take pain medication (and/or Benatyla) when in pain (flare), only take nausea medication when nauseated and/or vomiting and only take my dirreha medication when I'm on th john more than 10 times in one day

Again, NO worries about the narcotic stuff especially. I go and explain the extent of this new pain and start getting unnecessary lecturs on narcotics. (No offense) It just goes without saying that moderation is an understatement in my world. Being an ex-court reporter I tend to look up everything and fully understand all the medical jargon. :)

Heading into my second job now. Thanks again.

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 1/18/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Wanted to stop in and apologize for my curtness. The pain is making me very crabby. I haven't taken any pain medication since Friday morning for work... so I should be censoring myself a bit more carefully. I usually do not take any pain or nausea medication for my CD on the weekends, only during work days. This new arthritic stuff is killing me and freaking me out immensely.

My apologies. I'm really a nice person... I promise.

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   Posted 1/18/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   

My pcp and I are trying a new routine for the pain.  I am now on Tramadol 3x/day; Klonopin every 6 hours; and Nortriptyline at bedtime. I was able to wean myself off of my Cymbalta, percocet, and Lunesta.  For now this is working, and I also go to a pain management doc. that gives me the medial branch blocks in my lower back when I need them.  I also tried acupuncture as per my Neuro-surgeon suggested, ( he tried it and got good results!) this past couple of weeks for neck and headache pain, I will see how long the effects last!!

We take so many things, it is nice to give some up once in a while if they just aren't working, even if we add new ones...we are just looking at what is best for each of us.     Good Luck  to you  :-) .

Also taking regularly: Advair, Toprol, prednisone 10mg., Crestor, and Humira

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