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Old 04-18-2001, 03:00 PM   #1
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Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

I've been suffering from back (primarily lower back)pain for a long time off and on, but the pain has never completely gone away. I just went to my family dr. yesterday. (He doesn't want to send me to a specialist at this point). He prescribed 200mg of Celebrex to take twice a day. If anyone else there has been on this prescription, please let me know what your experience with it has been...please send e-mail, because I don't check the boards too often. Thanks.

 
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Old 04-18-2001, 04:37 PM   #2
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Re: Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

I was put on celebrex and it gave me a big case of the runs if you know what I mean.I told the doctor and he took me off them.I dont know if it effects everyone that way but I didnt want them if that was what I had to look for.Earl

 
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Old 04-18-2001, 07:01 PM   #3
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Re: Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Earl:
<B>I was put on celebrex and it gave me a big case of the runs if you know what I mean.I told the doctor and he took me off them.I dont know if it effects everyone that way but I didnt want them if that was what I had to look for.Earl</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Earl, well, I've only been on Celebrex for 2 days...so far it only mildly upset my stomach, but I seem to be tolerating it okay.
I guess everyone reacts differently to different medications. Robin

 
Old 04-18-2001, 08:57 PM   #4
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Re: Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

robste
i was on celebrex for awile it did'nt give me runs but it did'nt relief any of my pain.
i don't think it really helps bad pain but if you only have mild pain it will probably help i have had a l4-5 laminectomy/dicectomy
and now i'm concidering a fusion

 
Old 04-18-2001, 09:13 PM   #5
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Re: Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

I tried Celebrex. My experience was no runs and no pain relief either. Of course, that doesn't mean it won't work for you. Give it your best shot and good luck.

achey

 
Old 04-18-2001, 09:58 PM   #6
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I think Celebrex and Vioxx are both the same. They are suppose to be easier on the stomach, they are DAMN expensive, and do very little for pain. I have better luck with Naprosyn for a anti-inflammatory.
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Old 04-19-2001, 08:00 AM   #7
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Re: Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

Elaine, I was on Vioxx the last time I had bad pain...it didn't help at all. My dr. says he uses Celebrex for his bad back and that it's gentler on the stomach & seems to help him. I've only been on the Celebrex for 2 days now. I've started doing some stretching exercises, so I'm feeling rather achy from those...so, at this point I can't tell if the Celebrex is working yet.

Thanks everyone so far on your input!
-Robin

 
Old 04-19-2001, 10:51 AM   #8
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I have taken this also! It helped a bit with my arthritis but aften a month my stomah hurt so bad I doubled up with pain. Had to stop it. The ad on television says it can cause stomach bellding! Be careful. I take motrin ,and it helps as much as all the fancy priced ones can. kathryn2

 
Old 04-19-2001, 11:14 AM   #9
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Kathyrn, so sorry to hear that you had problems taking Celebrex. Yes, I've read about possible side effects. So far, I've had no real stomach upset or anything, but I will watch closely for any signs.

 
Old 04-19-2001, 01:32 PM   #10
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Hi Rob - sorry I don't have good news regarding Celebrex either - it did nothing for me. There are 9 different classes of anti-inflammatory drugs though, so if you can get your doc to let you try various ones, it's worth a shot. Ask your doc if he/she has samples of some of the different ones (could save you a lot of money), and you should give each one a good 2-3 weeks trial before deciding it doesn't help. Unfortunately for me, none of them gave me any relief, and many of them caused lots of stomach pain, so my doc pretty much decided that I will just have to keep taking the other pain meds and using TENS unit. I have had fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1, but it didn't help the pain very much. Best wishes to you

God bless your day!
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Old 04-20-2001, 09:58 PM   #11
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Re: Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

I have taken Celebrex off and on for about 1 1/2 years. Can't tolerate regular NSAIDS or most other pain meds. In my opinion Celebrex isn't a real pain relief type drug - you don't take it and say "Wow, this is great".
When I have stopped taking it though, I did notice a significant difference - an increase in achiness, numbness etc... SO, I am a believer in Celebrex (so is my Mom). Vioxx didn't work for us at all, but Celebrex has given us some relief. Don't expect miracles, but it may help you to some degree, it did me.
Good luck!!

P.S. I didn't have any side effects!

 
Old 04-23-2001, 12:10 AM   #12
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Re: Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

robste:
Have you ever tried Chiropractor's or
Acupuncture? If you find the right one,
you would really be surprised with the results.

 
Old 04-23-2001, 01:09 PM   #13
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Bare, unfortunately (in my experience), I went to a chiropractor about 10 years ago...out of desperation basically. I should have never gone! Talk about extreme pain. My current doctor has told me to never go to a chiropractor...if you have any kind of muscle, nerve problem, etc. it can really mess you up.

 
Old 04-23-2001, 10:32 PM   #14
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robste:
Just because you go to one bad Chiropractor does not mean there all bad. I've been to a few bad one's too, and then had to find another one to fix the damage. Acupuncture can be very helpful as well, I personally do not like the needles, but the overwhelming benefits are well worth any discomfort. I prefer the Chinese doctor's that learned their art in China over doctor in this country that don't truly believe
in what they are doing. I use Chiropractor's when I need an adjustment, Acupuncture when the pain is so bad I can't move. And no, I don't believe in cover up pain killers. When there's an upset in the body, then it needs to be dealt with, not cover up. Modern medicine has a one side look at healing treatments unfortunately, surgery on the other hand should be a last choice, in my opinion. I know people that had surgery and their lives are worst now then it was before.
Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, you will find in time to be feeling better.
Also learning to breath into hurt area of the back will be beneficial.
I know there are people out there that feel drinking water is the same as drinking soda and beer, and other that feel breathing into
hurt area is a load of bull, but then I'm healing and there on pain killers. So, who knows what for sure?

 
Old 04-24-2001, 07:23 PM   #15
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Re: Celebrex For Lower Back Pain

Bare, thanks for the suggestions. I'm not trashing all chiropractors, I'm just saying that after my experience years ago, I'd really be afraid to go to one (just my personal opinion). I have thought about acupuncture. I start physical therapy on Friday, so we'll see how that goes.

 
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