One year ago I developed an inflammatory arthritic condition in which I still have had very little relief. I took some ibuprofen and experienced the best relief in the past year, without any stomach discomfort. Couldn't believe it. I was at my GI guy's yesterday and he said an occasional ibuprofen would be ok if you did have any GI symptoms.
I just have to do something. I got off the percocets because they were starting to effect my breathing. I went down to 7.5 vicoden which was ok and lasted me about 6 to 8 hrs. Now my GP guy took me down to 5mg vicoden and it's not cutting the tip off the pain.
The Rheumatologist cut the prednisone down to 2.5mg and it is barely working for the swelling. For the last 6 mo. since he cut it down I wake up at 4am with swollen, painful hands, knees, hips, back, shoulders and feet.
The last flare I had was in Sept. The day I left on vacation and it lasted for two weeks of the vacation. Including getting ulcers in the throat and down the esophagus. Diarrhea 15-17 time/day. Just couldn't even slow it down. Great vacation even though, caught a lot of Big Fish!
Thanks for listening.