Anyone here take Meloxicam? Did it make you feel worse?

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Eiren
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   Posted 2/10/2018 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
The rheumy who thinks I probably have fibromyalgia prescribed me meloxicam (brand name Mobic). NSAIDs don't really do much for me, even high doses of ibuprofen only take the edge off my tendinitis/arthalgia/etc. for a few hours.

Started it last tues., on wed. noticed pain in a finger knuckle. On thurs. got some swelling in the knuckles of both hands. I feel okay right after I take it in the morning, but in evening I feel worse than ever.

Drugs.com says a rare side effect is aggravated arthalgia and joint swelling. Great, just great, my pain reliever might be causing pain. Fan-freakin-tastic.

Anyone else have the same issue? Now it's the weekend, and I don't want to see an urgent care doc. And the internet is not telling me if this side effect will go away or if it's a reason for immediate discontinuation. I can try to get a fast appt. with my GP on mon., but not sure what to do till then. Maybe keep taking it and lay on the couch watching the olympics?

This is really bothersome as I'm running out of non-opoid options for pain relief. Tramadol gave me serotonin sickness, so that whole class is out. Now NSAID is either ineffective or comes with worse side effects. Ampitryptiline 25mg is okay, but doesn't do that much and higher doesn't work better and gives me side effects.

Maybe I should x-post on the fibro forum, I think maybe some over there have experience with Meloxicam. But I perused that forum the other day and I don't think my lyme-caused-my-fibro story is very welcome over there.

Eiren
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   Posted 2/10/2018 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, and my sleep this past week hasn't been good either. "Trouble sleeping" is another rare side effect.

And I have rather low ferritin, should I be taking something that can cause anemia?

I think this one is going to get crossed off my list, too. Sigh.

And before anyone asks, I do take a lot of natural anti-inflammatories and detox things. But I'd like some (insurance-paid) extras for bad days. I do have good health insurance (comparatively) so my OOP is quite low. Pretty sure I've already sailed past my low deductible for the year.

Girlie
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   Posted 2/10/2018 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Eiren - when my first lyme symptom sent me to the ER back in 2013, I was given meloxicam (a few days later by my regular Doc) and it did nothing for my pain.

I have recently been prescribed Gabapentin plus Trileptal. The Trileptal is off-label - it's an anti-seizure medication.

I am supposed to slowly titrate them until it helps with my pain.


My pain is nerve pain...so not sure if it works on all pain.
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LilyPanda
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   Posted 2/11/2018 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I was given a prescription for Meloxicam and have so far tried it only once. (I've been having joint pain/swelling and general allover pain/discomfort recently, and my rheumatologist prescribed it. I also started taking Plaquenil about 4 weeks ago, but that can take many weeks to take effect.)

I am wary of NSAIDs generally because they can mess up the stomach lining, and I believe that leaky gut has been an issue for me. But I was feeling so terrible a couple of days ago that I decided to try it.

My prescription was for 15 mg, but I took only half a dose the first day. I am very small, and I though 15 mg just seemed like a lot to start with. I'm not sure how much it helped with the joint pain and the overall pain. I still felt pretty uncomfortable, but assumed that maybe its effect was modest because I'd taken only half a dose.

I took the pill in the morning. In the evening, and continuing into the next morning, I had an unpleasant, sporadic feeling of chest pressure. (It was unpleasant enough that I called my doctor to ask about it.) It eventually subsided. I do not know if that was a side effect of the Meloxicam. It's also possible it was a side effect of the Plaquenil (which can take time to build up to therapeutic levels in your system, so I suppose it's also possible that side effects might also appear weeks after starting it.

I haven't taken it again since then. I don't know the answer to your question about the low ferritin. (I tend to have low ferritin as well.)
Started herbal treatment for Lyme in early 2017. Did 1 month of doxy Aug. 2017; started doxy again Jan. 2018. Uncertain about diagnosis b/c tests have been iffy, and my symptoms (dry eyes/mouth, finger joint pain/swelling) look like classic autoimmune issues. Different tests at different times have shown Lyme, babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia -- most recent tests show only Lyme (IgM bands only).
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