Swift Reply Please: NSAIDs, are they safe?

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   Posted 4/7/2009 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a terrible foot inflammation and would like to take an NSAID, namely diclofenac potassium.

I know that they can (debatably) cause flare-ups when taken by IBD sufferers, but does this problem only arise from long-term use? Would it be safe for me to take a couple over the next few days? I can't stand not being able to walk!

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   Posted 4/7/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
     I would stay away from any NSAID if you have UC.  Isn't there another option?  I fell about four years ago and fractured my lumbar spine.  This happened at a campground in the middle of the night.....long story....but the guard at the gate gave my husband Ibupropen for me to take until the morning.  I should have gone straight to the ER but didn't realize my back was fractured. We had our two grandkids with us too.  Well, shortly thereafter I suffered a very bad UC flare.  When I went to the GI doctor he said that the NSAID probably caused the flare or contributed to it.
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   Posted 4/7/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
You should not take this medication without consulting your GI first.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 4/7/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Definately call up your GI and ask. I have taken sporadic amounts of Nsaids and even with one dose I get an increase of symptoms, mainly bleeding.
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