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Dp has arthiritis of the spine

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nutcracker Mon 08-Aug-05 18:54:37

Dp has suffered for years now with his kness and his back. Typically being a bloke he never does anything about it until it gets to the point where he has to lean on Ds's buggy when we are out for support and can't roll over in bed.

Anyway he has been and seen his doc and he has arthiritis in his back and has been perscribed anti inflamatories. The doc was very concerned about the job he does (driver/dreyman) as he has to lift kegs on and off lorries etc.
The doc said the tablets will help but that basically if he continues to do that job, he will get worse.

How bad can it get does anyone know ??

Twiglett Mon 08-Aug-05 18:59:26

nobody can tell you how bad arthritis can get .. and it also depends on type of arthritis .. did the gp refer him to a rheumatologist . has he taken any blood tests

the right medication and an exercise programme can help significantly (unless osteo-arthritis in which case exercise is not as advisable)

nutcracker Mon 08-Aug-05 19:02:13

As far as I know, the g.p wants him to try the anti infmatires first and then will go down the route of blood tests etc if dp is still in pain.

Dp had anti inflamtorys a few years ago though and they didn;t work.

nutcracker Mon 08-Aug-05 19:02:47

He told him bonking was good for a bad back.

Twiglett Mon 08-Aug-05 19:04:06

you need to take anti-inflamms regularly even if not in pain .. is it ibuprofen? that's quite a common initial one

nutcracker Mon 08-Aug-05 19:06:36

No it's CELECOXIB

Twiglett Mon 08-Aug-05 19:09:55

Celebrex brand name .. DH uses that .. its very effective .. can give you medical info if you're interested .. assuming no history of heart conditions in family

nutcracker Mon 08-Aug-05 19:13:01

Oh yes if you don't mind .

No history of heart probs as far as i know.

Twiglett Mon 08-Aug-05 19:18:57

BRAND NAMES

Celcox (Israel); Celebra (Israel); celebrex (Australia, New-Zealand; Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory-Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra-Leone, South-Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Republic-of-Yemen, Saudi-Arabia, Syria, United-Arab-Emirates, France, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Hong-Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand); Celib (India); Coxid (Philippines)

DRUG CLASS

celebrex is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent.

MECHANISM OF ACTION

Celecoxib, a diaryl substituted pyrazole derivative containing a sulfonamide substituent, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent (NSAIA).Celecoxib is a selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and is structurally and pharmacologically related to rofecoxib (Vioxx .. now recalled)

USES

Rheumatoid arthritis, dysmenorrhea, familial adenomatous polyposis, osteoarthritis, and pain.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Significant - NSAID induced duodenal ulcer, ASA (aspirin) allergy, pregnancy, undiagnosed GI bleeding, GI ulcer, peptic ulcer, duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer, renal disease, bronchial asthma, dehydration.

Possibly Significant - ACE inhibitors, anticoagulants, luconazole, lithium, loop diuretics, triamterene, amiloride, hepatic disease, congestive heart failure, anemia, fluid retention.

SIDE EFFECTS

Less Frequent - abdominal pain, back pain, diarrhea, dizziness, dyspepsia, flatulence, headache, insomnia, nausea, peripheral edema, pharyngitis, rash, rhinitis, sinusitis, upper respiratory infection, aggravated hypertension, allergic dermatitis, allergic reaction, allergy aggravated, alopecia, anemia, angina pectoris, anorexia, anxiety, increased appetite, arthralgia, arthrosis, asthenia, blurred vision, bone disorder, breast fibroadenosis, breast neoplasm, breast pain, bronchitis, bronchospasm, cataracts, cellulitis, chest pain, conjunctivitis, constipation, coronary artery disorder, cough, cystitis, depression, contact dermatitis, diabetes mellitus, diverticulitis, dry mouth, dysmenorrhea, dysphagia, dyspnea, dysuria, ear abnormality, earache, ecchymosis, generalized edema, eye pain, epitaxis, esophagitis, face edema, fever, accidental fracture, gastritis, gastroenteritis, gastroesophageal reflux, glaucoma, hearing loss, hematuria, hemorrhoids, abnormal hepatic function, Herpes simplex infection, Herpes zoster, hiatal hernia, hot flushes, hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia, hypertonia, hypoesthesia, hypokalemia, bacterial infection, fungal infection, soft tissue infection, influenza-like symptoms, laryngitis, leg cramps, melena, menstrual disorder, micturition frequency, migrane, moniliasis, genital moniliasis, myalgia, myocardial infarction, nail disorders, neck stiffness, nervousness, neuralgia, neuropathy, otitis media, pain, palpitation, paresthesia, peripheral pain, photosensitivity reaction, pneumomia, prostatic disorder, pruritus, renal calculus, skin disorder, dry skin, skin nodule, somnolence, stomatitis, increased sweating, synovitis, tachycardia, taste perversion, tendonitis, tenesmus, throbocytosis, tinnitis, tooth disorder, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection, urticaria, vaginal hemorrhage, vaginitis, vertigo, viral infection, vomiting, weight gain.

SOURCES

http://www.medscape.com
http://www.mdconsult.com; Mosby's Drug Consult

Twiglett Mon 08-Aug-05 19:20:49

There was a recent scare btw .. a research programme carried out on old patients at high dosage noted some issues with heart problems. The NHS have sent out a directive that GP's shouldn't repeat prescription without discussing with patients

DH and I read the research and felt that it was nothing to be concerned about btw .. much older group / much higher dosage than DH was on .. and felt the benefits from the drug far outweighed the potential risks

nutcracker Mon 08-Aug-05 19:26:02

Thanks for that. I remember now it is the same one my mom is on too.

I agree the benefits will outway the risks i think.

Dp has to go back in a month or before if the pain continues, so i spose it's just wait and see now.

Thanks for you help Twiglett

Twiglett Mon 08-Aug-05 19:27:49

good luck nutty .. hope it works

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