Celebrex, hip pain, and UC

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Jen O
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 12/30/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all!

I haven't been on in a long time. My UC is doing GREAT. My problem lately, though, has been hip pain. I had asked my PCP to take a look at it about 4 months ago, she said (of course) to see orthopaedics. I saw a general guy who took X-Rays. I told him about my UC and my prednisone use. I told him that I was worried about Avascular Necrosis as that is a possible side effect of the pred use. The X-rays (to him) were normal.

I have basically stopped my running, elliptical use, etc. I hate not exercising, but even stopping my activities didn't help my hip pain. So, off to the hip specialist I went. I ended up getting a MR arthrogram. (FYI that rates pretty close to the flex sig without sedation on my list of NOT fun things to do). Well, I have a tear in my labrum and will need to have it repaired. I have what they call acetabular - femoral impingement, my hip socket is too deep, so my femur keeps jamming into that deep socket and fraying that labrum tissue.

Since I have taken so much time off of work in the last couple of years with the two major UC flares that I had, I have very little (about 3 weeks worth) of Paid Time Off available. The surgeon says I would have to be off work (I'm a physical therapist, on my feet all day) for 6-8 weeks. I will need to wait a few months to build up another few weeks of PTO. The surgeon suggested Celebrex for my pain / inflammation. He wrote the prescription and told me to fill it if I needed it. I called my GI and he said "It's better than a NSAID." Not a real vote of confidence, if you ask me.

What is you guys' experience with Celebrex?


Age 35, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Azathioprine 100 mgs, Apriso 4 tabs
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 3000 mg per day
Rite Aid Probiotic
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa, Prednisone 2 times for about 3 months each

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 12/30/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I take Celebrex for my arthritis and for the most part, it doesn't really bother my Uc much. It IS an anti-inflammatory which is a major no no with Uc and I have tried other anti-inflamm's. Celebrex is the only one that doesn't seem to cause me much issue. Every once in a while though I will see a bit of blood in the morning so then I will skip a couple doses of Celebrex until the blood goes away and then start on them again. I am at 200mg's. Btw, this was all on the recommendation of my primary who consulted with my GI (who gave his approval).
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