I need advil, please advise, i was told to stay away from it.

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bellski
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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I have not had any ibuprophen since Feb, when they told me not to take it.  That was when I was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis.  My knee is acting up, It has done this in the past, advil will help, I know.  I'm afraid without it, my knee will get worse.  Don't you think I could take it for a day or two?  I think I'm going to, let me know.  I took extra stregth tylenol, that does nothing, I need the anti-inflammatory.  I do not want to go to the doctor or call.  I'll gamble on this one.  Thanks, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
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bellski
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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
guess i should elaborate why i think my knee hurts, can't bend it too much or it hurts. Years ago I was diagnosed with (condro malatia patella) no idea how to spell. Basically, underneath my knee caps it is rough where as most peoples are smooth, this will once in a blue moon cause a problem, I just feel the beginning of the problem coming on. If it got real bad (years ago), I would use crutches it swelled so much, I would take naprosen and it worked. I have a bunch of stuff in my med. cabinet (hydrocodone, flexeril, darviset, valium, acetaminophen w/codeine) I think the best would be advil. Again, if you have an opinion, I'd love to hear. Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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ediekristen
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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Lori, I would say if you think it will help then taking it for a day or two probably won't hurt. Some people are more sensitive to it, but I know I still take Ibuprofen more than I should because I get such wicked headaches and migraines that Tylenol won't even put a dent in, and when you get desperate you just have to take the chance.

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bellski
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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you, here goes......i'll keep you posted.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I was in your position yesterday. My neck was all cramped up from 2 days of 9+ hours in the car. I could barely turn my head to the right. I knew if I took 2 advil it would feel better. If not, it would get worse, and I would end up on muscle relaxers. While the relaxers are non NSAID they knock me out and I can't work on them. I took the 2 advil and felt fine. I think the problem is if you take them for a couple days or even multiple times in one day. For me it was worth it. Also, aspercreme has topical anti-inflamatory properties.
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bellski
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for that advice. Do muscle relaxers help with inflammation? Because I do have flexirel and it helps when i throw my back out, i just didn't know if it applied here. I don't mins being knocked out tired occasionally. Also, I will keep in mind the aspercreme, I never thought of that.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
My regular doc gave me Celebrex for pain. I'm not sure how much better it is as compared to ibuprofen or aleve, because it's in the same drug family, but they seemed to think it's less of a risk for bleeding. (I never really took it, so I don't know how well it works.) It's an anti-inflammatory, though.
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it's an individual choice and sometimes we have to choose between the lesser evil. If you are prone to bleeding then no I would highly not recommend it but if you don't bleed or don't bleed easily then a few doses may not cause any harm. I am a bleeder so my GI has said a major NO to any anti-inflammatories for me. I will keep my fingers crossed for you and hope the Advil doesn't give you too much grief.
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   Posted 7/16/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
you never know, I was always fine taking aleve and advil when I was dx'd w/proctosigmoiditis, I took it monthly for my menstrual cramps. After my major flare on 10/07 I have not taken any of it and I took 2 tablets of aspirin for two days and went into a flare, this is after my dx of pancolitis.

I had never in my life taken aspirin before, so who knows, maybe i'd be ok w/advil again but I will never try it.......only b/c of my experiences

Why did I take the aspirin? My other Doc told me to and honestly, I never gave it a second thought b/c I had never taken it before and for some reason it just did not 'click' I know not to take it.

Hope you will be ok, not sure if my post was helpful.
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   Posted 7/16/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I take naproxen regularly, because if I stop taking it I can't walk withing 24 hours because of the pain and stiffness. Fortunately, it has never bothered me and I always take it with food. My GI is aware of this, said while he doesn't recommend NSAIDS for UC patients that being able to walk is pretty important, so take it as long as it doesn't bother you.

Try it, if it bothers you call the doctor to check on other options. It's really hard to replace NSAIDS for those of us with inflammatory musculoskeletal problems.
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bellski
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   Posted 7/16/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Judy, I'll keep that in mind. Do you have arthritis? Is that why you take naproxen? It is h--- getting old. lol I guess I have to get used to this. The advil I took helped a little. I'll need more though.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


jujub
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   Posted 7/16/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have some sort of arthritis, plus bursitis in many joints and frequent tendonitis. I've been told it's related to autoimmune disease. I've had it for 20 years, so pretty much used to it by now.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
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   Posted 7/16/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always taken aspirin and neither my GI nor my doctor have had much to say about it.
 
The recent series of articles on UC in the NYTimes mentions that the caution against NSAIDs with UC had been discredited.  I've looked at some of that information, and it seems the biggest beefs (beeves?) with those studies is that the sample size is way too small and some of the science behind it isn't particularly stringent. 
 
NSAIDs can cause gastric upset and may promote bleeding, and they're not particularly good for you in the long term or in high doses.  But it is likely that they do not cause a flare.  That's my take on what I've read recently.
 
 
 
 

bellski
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   Posted 7/16/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, at least now I don't feel too guilty, and the knee is a little better. (O:
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
If bleeding alot is one of your typicaly symptoms from having UC I'd avoid any NSAIDs products because it promotes bleeding in the bowels (and that's really the only issue with an IBDer taking NSAIDs), otherwise use it as a last resort and as short a term as possible (max a couple days in a row).

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bellski
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was first diagnosed I was bleeding, that's why I went for a colonoscopy, but haven't bled since I've been on UC meds.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


Hans C
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi - got another related question: I know codeine is not an NSAID but can it also promote bleeding during a flare (had a couple last week and it seemed to have this effect)?
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Red_34
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   Posted 7/17/2008 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hans, I have had codeine in the past and it has never caused bleeding in me - I'm an easy bleeder too. It could be though that you are sensitive to it or it could be a coincidence. Too bad I'm allergic to that stuff now! :(
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Hans C
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   Posted 7/17/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes codeine is nice for me otherwise :)
 
Hope you find relief Bellski

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   Posted 7/17/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   

 Recently hurt my back and was in some pretty bad pain. Went to my Dr. who is aware of my UC condition. She gave me Naproxen. I questioned her on this and she said taking it for a short while would be fine. I was a little hesitant but I could no longer take the back pain so I took it. 2x a day.

 Well it not only helped the back but also (I assume) reduced the inflamation in my colon. My BM's passed much easier (constipation is my problem) and my narrow stools returned to "normal" size. I only stayed on nap. for about 5 days and now will occasionally take a tablet when the back acts up.

 Remember now we all are different so I would not advise anyone to try this without Dr's. advise.

 


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bellski
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   Posted 7/17/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much. We are all different, I think I can handle it when needed. I will not overdo it though.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


beanie6421
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   Posted 7/17/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
While I don't want to play doctor, they always tell me not to take Ibuprofen but I live on the stuff for sinus pain ... so ... I haven't seen it cause me too many problems, I just really try to limit what I take.
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