I used Celebrex once for two weeks after repetative strain injury. It helped a lot, I was also going to physio twice a week, but the Celebrex definitely gave me emotinal relief from the constant throbbing and intense pain.
Celebrex is a Cox-2 inhibitor, so maybe with the relief of the arthritis, your UC eased up? It does treat inflammation in the body, and you do have a series of issues to deal with that seem connected in one nice little package called Sherry.
Just my take on the possibility.
Regardless...it's awesome you're getting some relief....finally!
Hope it continues.
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!