I'm really on the fence about Celebrex and desperately seeking opinions from folks who might have experience with this medication.
My rheumy gave me samples of Celebrex (200mg) last month, and wouldn't you know it worked like a charm on my severe costochondritis pain, which hasn't responded to much else the past two and half years. (I have exahusted all natural/home remedies. Trust me!)
So, we moved forward with a prescription (still 200mg, once a day), and a plan for me to continue taking Celebrex for at least two to three months -- to fully calm the inflammation in my chest wall, ribs, cartiledge, etc.
I'm pretty freaked out about the risk of heart problems, heart attack, and stroke. During my stint with SLE and MCTD, I've had a bit of trouble with my heart (abnormal EKGs, enlarged chamber, pericarditis), but my rheumy seems rather nonchallant.
I'm about 21 days into a 2 to 3 month treatment, and over the moon about the immense pain relief, but really worried about the risks.
Any and all responses greatly welcome!!!
My best regards to you all,