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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. Celebrex causes my stomach to bloat and makes me miserable!

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what might help with the pain and inflammation?

Thanks!
Mila
You might try Mobic. They switched me to it when Vioxx went off the market. I can't take Celebrex because I'm allergic to sulfa drugs. Mobic is not a Cox 2 inhibitor. It also will take several days to get up to speed in your system. You might also try Aleve...but I imagine you've tried the OTC meds at this point.
Titchou, does Mobic have the same side-effects as Celebrex? I took Vioxx also, and for me it was a wonder drug! Nothing has worked since. :o
[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.

Best wishes.