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Posted by Dennis on November 16, 1999 at 19:09:34:

I'm a 38 year old male with RA. I was diagnosed with the disease 8 years ago while I was in the Air Force, which forced me to retire on disability. The first bout of RA was severe, but with prompt treatment at Walter Reed Hospital in D.C.(5mg prednisone, plaguenil, and NSAIDS) got the disease activity down to a minimum in about 2 years, allowing me to eliminate
all the meds except plaquenil. Unfortunately, I had another flare up of RA last FEB. The doctors at the VA Hospital in Richmond put me back on the steriods and NSAIDS. The meds were helping somewhat, but I still had plently of stiffness and the ibuprofen was beginning to cause the formation of stomach ulcers. The VA doctors and I decided to try CELEBREX.
BIG MISTAKE: I took the celebrex(200mg twice/day) for about 10 days. It help the arthritis quite a bit, but it made my entire digestive tract so inflamed I had bloody diarrhea and nausea for a week and ended up having to go to the ER to get IV fluids. The ER at the VA hospital put me on a high prednisone intake(40 mg/day) for a month to repair the damage. Luckily, after 4 days now, I'm feeling a little better and headed for recovery.

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