[QUOTE]I suffer from fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis and am currently taking Celebrex. It doesn't seem to help much and I would like to find an alternative treatment. Hi Mila,
I also have fibro & osteoarthritis, as well as an autoimmune disease. Miserable combo. I can't take oral NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, etc.) due to gut grief. Here are a few things I've found that help, can't live without them:
1) Get regular & thorough thyroid evals w/lab tests free T3, free T4, TSH & thyroid antibodies, all interpreted according to the most recent (2002) Am. Assoc. of Clinical Endocrinology standards. Thyroid issues are HUGE in fibroM. The majority of docs just screen TSH & eval by old standards. I swear even my osteo-knees are better when my thyroid hormone is optimized.
2) EPA fish oil. The one supplement I can't ever give up. I need one gram per day of the EPA fraction, total (I split-dose). Just any old grocery store fish oil does not do the job. I prefer to take brands like Nordic Naturals (my fave) or Carlson's, which are deodorized, flavored, & tested for impurities.
3) Magnesium & malic acid -- good for the fibroM.
4) OTC topical -- I like Nature's Plus Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Ultra-Rx Joint Cream. Lotsa good stuff, it really helps fast for mild to mod. osteo pain. I prefer it to capsaicin & menthol creams.
5) My ace-in-the-hole rescue med is an Rx compounded topical, Ketoprofen in DMSO. This is a topical NSAID, does not cause gut grief (unless you rub it on your gut; don't do that :rolleyes: ) which I use, just a tiny amt on the affected area if I absolutely am stuck or can't sleep due to pain. It works fast.
Before I had this med, I would occasionally go up a flight of stairs & not be able to get down due to my knee problem. It's humiliating to have to be carried. Now the tube of Keto goes with me instead. Relief is dependable w/in only a few minutes.
6) Some of us find that certain foods affect our fibro. For me, it's sugar, too much high polyunsat veg oil (I'm OK w/olive oil), black tea, and goitrogenic foods. But it's worth keeping a food diary or even making casual observations about what you had a day or two ... in some cases, 20 min., before a flare hit. Everyone is a little diff w/food triggers, and it may not be an issue at all for some w/fibro.