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    I am taking meloxicam for arthritis. I've been taking it for a few months, and while I think it's a good drug, it's not 100%. I take 7.5 mg daily.

    The pros? I only have to take one pill daily. It's an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It works for a good 10 hours. I'd say the strength is probably close to taking 800 mg Ibuprofen. Best of all, meloxicam is gentle on the tummy. Side effects are minimal if at all.

    The cons? It only works for about 10 hours, not 24. It took awhile for the med to build in my system. It wasn't a drug that I took once and immediately felt better (my doctor said this would be the case, and to be patient, give meloxicam a few weeks to a month to really see the results). Since meloxicam is an NSAID, I can't take any other NSAIDS if I get a headache. This and the fact the drug only works for 10 hours is what annoys me the most. Doctor recommended that I stack meloxicam with acetaminophen, but I told doc I wasn't keen on that idea. I don't like acetaminophen.

    I have a muscle relaxer and hydrocodone for bad days and break through pain. I also have major back issues, hence the muscle relaxer and narcotic.

    What's the ideal drug for arthritis? Is there such a drug? I'm open to trying other meds if they are better, I simply don't know which one could be a better drug for me. Doctor scripted meloxicam for six months. Since it's doing an okay job, I'm willing to stick with it until meds refill time. However, if anyone has suggestions or recommendations, I would appreciate hearing them.

    I should add that I use topical OTC capsicum and menthol/aspirin rubs. I'm thinking the menthol/aspirin rub isn't a good idea anymore since I'm taking meloxicam. I use the rubs when I have a flare or super sore/tight muscles in my back. Of course, exercise and moving around is one of the best things I can do for my pain. Hot showers are also helpful, as is staying well-hydrated and eating foods that are anti-inflammatory.

    How I would love to go one day without pain!
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  2. Have you every doubled up? It was the only way to get relief and then add hydro at night. What muscle relaxer are you on? I also have Lyrica, don't eve accidentally take too many, like retaking your dosage...Whoa that was intense and no fun at all
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    @darwin

    You could try using something like Lodine XL. This is an extended release NSAID comparable to MOBIC with a longer action.
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    @darwin

    in my old world of arthritis Naproxen worked, never used meloxicam, vet gave me that for my dog.

    Only way I ever heard of that was the liquid brand name for vets, the price went up over $100, did a search found generic name meloxicam tabs 7.5mg and paid $4 at Walmart for it

    Warning: any dog owners that 7.5mg need to be cut in 1/2 or 1/4's depending on size of dog.


    The vet is not going to tell you about the generic tabs, if rx-ed for pet, ask for rx tabs.
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  5. I've been off the forum so I apologize for not responding. Busy with multiple work projects.

    Turns out that I began swelling with meloxicam, so I had to stop taking it. Oh well.
    @Reese, I take flexeril once a day, before bed. Hydrocodone for break through pain. My physician suggested Aleve one to two pills daily since I can't take meloxicam, but that drug doesn't work well for me. I'm back to taking 800 mg ibuprofen once a day if I get really achy.
    @H20shed65, Thanks for the suggestion. My doc says that if I swell with one scripted antiinflammatory, I'll do the same with another. Pooh.
    @Nikita, in doing research on meloxicam, I found that it's a commonly scripted for dogs. Never ceases to amaze me how many human drugs are used for off-label purposes for animals. I hope that makes sense. Blah. It's late!

    Thanks for the responses. Last time I checked, no one had responded, so I figured the thread was dead. I'd love to find a way to get rid of the aching, swelling and pain, but I'm not sure that will happen.
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    @darwin

    Is this a Rheumatologist? If 800 mg of ibuprofen does not cause swelling, it's unlikely another NSAID would, although they all have slight differences.
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  7. @H20shed65 no, internal med/family doc. That's interesting what you've said - I will share it with my doctor. I felt the same way about doc saying anti-inflammatories couldn't be scripted for me, when I do okay on 800 mg ibuprofen...

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    @darwin

    Sounds like you are doing a lot of good stuff for your issues. "What's the ideal drug for arthritis?" When and if you find one LET ME KNOW!!! PLEASE!!! For me it is Soma and Tramadol (not to keen on Tram though - weird stuff IMO and I REFUSE to take it daily...My Rhuemy even yells at me about that..it's funny) or depending on how bad the Flare-Ups/everyday pain is/was Oxycodone and Soma with the Naproxen of course. Dilaudid is VERY good as well...Nice shot in the ass or arm while your crying from the pain. VERY kind of some Doctors to do that when they absolutely know you are suffering bad. The way it should be. MMJ is very, very good for light arthritis pain = Gonezo for me.
    I have very painful types of arthritis and Fibro that came out of nowhere a couple of years ago. The 'Specialists' are still scratching their craniums. It's ALWAYS there (pain of some sort) in some fashion, without a doubt and it comes and go's...Pain-Levels....but it's ALWAYS there sayin' HI!! Just letting me know..

    How I would love to go one day without pain!
    I feel your Pain.

    I was on Mobic for awhile. Your lucky it works for ya'. It didn't do squat for me. Careful with it. It can kick the crap out of some folks livers..Like a lot of NSAIDs can..Luckily I had Lortabs or Oxy for the Big-Flare-Ups and basically threw the towel in with the Mobic. Zipola help for me in any way whatsoever. Basically Useless. They put me on 500 MG's of Naproxen Twice a day (?) Now they have me on 75 MG's of Diclofenac/Voltaren (75 MG's twice a day) IMO and for the pain that I have just about everyday - they all suck, unfortunately for me. The Naproxen was the best one - to a point and you can't keep taking the Big-Guns (Narcotics) everyday either (not me right now anyway). I suck a lot of the Pain up. Until it gets to that "Point". Very, Very awful thing to have and people just do not understand the pain that is involved and BS. Not a Clue. Until it happens to them.

    I Mountain-Bike a lot, Hike, and swim in the Ocean during the Spring too the Fall - A LOT - (Great Medicine! Unbelievable for me) and go to a Physical Therapist weekly. It is just a weird, Rotten Disease that rears it's ugly head when it wants. Period. Except the Rhuematoid Arthritis...I'm like a walking Barometer with that crap. With the painful Fibro on top of it all, it makes things even better for me and just Great. Good Times I basically suck a lot of it up and deal with it. I go for weeks/days without taking the Chemicals. What am I gonna' do. Eat Correctly and Exercise. It's/they are here to stay until there is a cure and Big Pharma doesn't want any cures. Have you seen many lately? Maybe it's me.

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  9. Thanks for all you've shared, @harryirene! Pain's a bitch, that's for sure. I never thought I'd be in this much pain at my age. This is supposed to happen to old people (like late 80s and into the 90s)!! Well, that's what I thought. This winter's been a bad one, not the worst I've had, but definitely a creaky achy one. Winter 2013 was really, really good. The good part is spring will be here soon.

    I stopped taking meloxicam about 8 or so weeks into it because my face swelled. I take 800 mg ibuprofen once a day if I'm really hurting, and I've also got hydrocodone to fall back on for break through pain. flexeril at night.

    I took Soma a long time ago pre and post surgery for a shoulder issue. It was a great drug and it helped me to endure the pain pre and post surgery. Made me loop as all get out, tho. Flexeril doesn't doesn't do that to me. I get sleep a couple of hours after I've taken it, which is okay, because I take it at bedtime. I can't afford to be loopy. :-)

    Thanks again for sharing your experiences and wisdom. I need to see an orthopedic surgeon because my shoulder's acting up again, and I need to get more xrays of my spine to see what's going on there. Ugh. I keep on going because I enjoy my life and it's a gift but it's harder to do when everything hurts. I know everyone here understands that, which is comforting.

    Thanks for the support, everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darwin View Post
    Thanks for all you've shared, @harryirene! Pain's a bitch, that's for sure. I never thought I'd be in this much pain at my age. This is supposed to happen to old people (like late 80s and into the 90s)!! Well, that's what I thought. This winter's been a bad one, not the worst I've had, but definitely a creaky achy one. Winter 2013 was really, really good. The good part is spring will be here soon.

    I stopped taking meloxicam about 8 or so weeks into it because my face swelled. I take 800 mg ibuprofen once a day if I'm really hurting, and I've also got hydrocodone to fall back on for break through pain. flexeril at night.

    I took Soma a long time ago pre and post surgery for a shoulder issue. It was a great drug and it helped me to endure the pain pre and post surgery. Made me loop as all get out, tho. Flexeril doesn't doesn't do that to me. I get sleep a couple of hours after I've taken it, which is okay, because I take it at bedtime. I can't afford to be loopy. :-)

    Thanks again for sharing your experiences and wisdom. I need to see an orthopedic surgeon because my shoulder's acting up again, and I need to get more xrays of my spine to see what's going on there. Ugh. I keep on going because I enjoy my life and it's a gift but it's harder to do when everything hurts. I know everyone here understands that, which is comforting.

    Thanks for the support, everyone.



    I hear ya' I was only 41 when it came out of NOWHERE!! This winter hasn't been too bad for me. Achy, but that is just a given for me. I've learned to put up with it. Very dry. I guess that helped....I think, along with Movement. Although it was cold as a Witches Tit. But here comes the Spring and Summer - Can't wait actually (((The Beach)))) But unfortunately Humidity, rainy, etc, weather can wreck me. I roll a few MMJ Bones for those days with some Big-Guns. I have too.

    Flexiril is a Rotten Med IMO. Made me like I was sloshed and I was straight as an arrow, but the words coming outta' my mouth was like...HUH? Ir works great for some folks. Did NOTHING for Muscle-Relaxation for me or any type of help with sleep or pain of some sort....It was a Joke for me..

    My Sister and BIL are on it. I told my Rhuemy, I would rather Suffer than take that crap...He scripted me Soma....I was prescribed Flexsit for awhile, never took it, once in a Blue Moon (still have some)....Doc kept trying to Push it on me every time I saw him...The Legal Pusher...I have tried ALL of the Muscle Relaxers that are out there (I believe) and the only one that nails it for me is carisoprodol...3-5 times a week and two week vacations from it. I've seen orthopedic surgeon's, Rhuematologists, 'Specialists', Physical Therapists, Neurologists you name it. Lots of head scratching Doctor-Style..Answer for everything. It started in my knees, now it's in my lower-back, shoulders, elbows and of course the pain radiates to other parts of your body. I just keep on keepin' on On my Good days other people would be in the ER..in a weird way you kinda' get used to the achiness (it gets Old quick though) and work it off, suck it up (except Flare-Ups of Course) and feel Good Pain. The Best Kind!

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    @darwin

    What type of arthritis do you have - rheumatoid, psoriatic, osteo, septic, etc.?

    That can/does make a difference as to what medication is "best" - I put the word best in quotes because I don't think there is a one size fits all drug. I am not an MD - I write this post from a patients perspective only:

    I had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis from age 9 - went in to remission at age 13, I have a bit of ongoing psoriatic in my fingers, and am newly diagnosed with osteo as I've had fairly severe pain in my knees for a year but absent the fever in the joint that comes along with rheumatoid.

    With all of these different types of pain, I've had different various medications and therapies (such as steroid injections into the joint).

    I'm of the opinion that unless you're only dealing with minor pain due to inflammation in the joint, that a general practioner isn't gonna get you to where you need to be, but rather you should be dealing with a specialist.

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    @darwin,

    Sorry you can't take Meloxicam. I started off taking 7.5 mg up to 2 times a day, and now I just take 15 mg every day. I think it helps me out a lot as I can definitely tell if I haven't taken it.

    I haven't heard of an NSAID causing swelling, although I have had a flare while taking an NSAID, it wasn't the med that caused the flare. Just my arthritis.

    Even though I am taking the maximum dose of Meloxicam, I also have a topical NSAID called Voltaren Gel. My rheumatologist told me that as long as I'm not using the topical on a daily basic, I should be OK. It's really helpful when the pain/flare is focused on a small area (for instance, my wrist). And it works really well.

    Maybe Voltaren Gel might work for you??
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    What about adding MSM and glucosamine (at least 3000 mg) daily? This will support your ability for your body to distribute synovial fluid and promote connective tissue.

    Wheat grass is also alaklizing to the body. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in some bacteria, algae and plants. It’s an extremely important biomolecule that is critically necessary for plants to absorb energy from sunlight. Consumption of liquid chlorophyll has many health benefits, mainly because its molecular structure is absolutely identical to haemoglobin except for the centre atom. In haemoglobin this is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium. Liquid chlorophyll helps to do the job of haemoglobin by replenishing red blood cells, boosting energy and improving well-being. It also cleanses the body, fighting infection, healing wounds and promoting the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune and detoxification systems.

    Green drinks are an excellent, dense source of alkalizing, chlorophyll rich greens that are easily assimilated by the body.

    Also, green food in general, such as salads, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, Asian greens, green capsicum, asparagus, peas, beans, kale etc. contain chlorophyll - so eat up and empower your health today.


    I think what @Watershed65 and @Harry Irene is spot on.

    Therapeutic movement (gentle) will also greatly aid you, if you are willing.

    Just my suggestions, based on my own experience on how I live, and what I teach my students in workshops that I give for students who have RA, OA and the like. These things to help greatly, if you are willing.

    Wishing you all the best. RB
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    In addition to Meloxicam, I do also take Vitamin D and Magnesium and try to walk at least a mile to two miles a day. I don't always make it to 2 miles, but it does help my joints a lot! Especially my ankles, knees and hips, or that has what I have noticed thus far.

    I hope you find something that works for you!!
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    What about adding MSM and glucosamine (at least 3000 mg) daily? This will support your ability for your body to distribute synovial fluid and promote connective tissue.

    Wheat grass is also alaklizing to the body. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in some bacteria, algae and plants. It’s an extremely important biomolecule that is critically necessary for plants to absorb energy from sunlight. Consumption of liquid chlorophyll has many health benefits, mainly because its molecular structure is absolutely identical to haemoglobin except for the centre atom. In haemoglobin this is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium. Liquid chlorophyll helps to do the job of haemoglobin by replenishing red blood cells, boosting energy and improving well-being. It also cleanses the body, fighting infection, healing wounds and promoting the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune and detoxification systems.

    Green drinks are an excellent, dense source of alkalizing, chlorophyll rich greens that are easily assimilated by the body.

    Also, green food in general, such as salads, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, Asian greens, green capsicum, asparagus, peas, beans, kale etc. contain chlorophyll - so eat up and empower your health today.


    I think what @Watershed65 and @Harry Irene is spot on.

    Therapeutic movement (gentle) will also greatly aid you, if you are willing.

    Just my suggestions, based on my own experience on how I live, and what I teach my students in workshops that I give for students who have RA, OA and the like. These things to help greatly, if you are willing.

    Wishing you all the best. RB

    My BIL swears by the glucosamine...I should give it a whirl. WTH. Yoga classes on the beach this summer outta' be interesting...My mind runs a Million miles a minute and I'm a pretty High-Stung guy, Old Hood and Beach Bum...Never the Yoga 'type' shall we say.....But stretching is so good. I like it, I like it A LOT...I think it would be good for me. Especially early morns on the Beach breathing in the Ocean Air. I'll try anything that might be positive at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Irene View Post
    My BIL swears by the glucosamine...I should give it a whirl. WTH. Yoga classes on the beach this summer outta' be interesting...My mind runs a Million miles a minute and I'm a pretty High-Stung guy, Old Hood and Beach Bum...Never the Yoga 'type' shall we say.....But stretching is so good. I like it, I like it A LOT...I think it would be good for me. Especially early morns on the Beach breathing in the Ocean Air. I'll try anything that might be positive at this point.
    @Harry Irene, very few people (myself included!) ever see themselves as 'yoga people' until they tried it. (I was an avid runner, rock climber, back packer, etc -- anything but yoga). Stilling the mind (not by forcing your thoughts to stop, but just allowing them to come and go without engaging them) is a incredible journey.

    So it the physical side (Asana). Even gentle/restorative classes (practise) can be very challenging.

    It all depends on you, and what you are willing to allow yourself to experience and how much you are willing to put into the practise.

    That is not to say every yoga teacher will suit you.

    You may not like some, so move onto another, until you find some subtle (or overt!) identification with teacher.

    In the States (I am just going to presume this is where you are, don't worry if you're not -- this is only an example) Yoga Alliance is BIG. Let me caution you that Yoga Alliance is a only registry of names that was started by a business man to make money (he never practised yoga in his life -- up until recently when this fact was exposed). Most YA cert teachers have very little experience and YA does not certify them; they simply charge a fee to compile names and then publish those names. 200 hour certifications are small beer.

    I have been practising and teaching for almost 37 years. I'm what's referred to as an EYT.

    Look for a teacher with EXPERIENCE -- years of their own practise and a background in anatomy and physiology!

    Best of luck on your journey! I hope you'll keep us all updated!

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    My older sister takes this. Helps with her bone on bone knee pain. Although she has has one successful knee replacementment this year and is scheduked for her 2nd this July.

    She swears by it. But it's supposed to be (like everything right?) bad for your liver.
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    I've most likely said this before but while distance lap swimming in an olympic sized pool, the absence of earhtly sound, timely regulation of controlled breathing and the near mindless effort of just keeping track of lap count allowing as @ravenousbird put it "stillness of the mind (not by forcing your thoughts to stop, but just allowing them to come and go without engaging them) is a great thing. Sometimes I find that my mind solves issues better when I'm not invovled!
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    My older sister takes this. Helps with her bone on bone knee pain. Although she has has one successful knee replacementment this year and is scheduked for her 2nd this July.

    She swears by it. But it's supposed to be (like everything right?) bad for your liver.
    There have been ISOLATED accounts of liver damage when combined with other herbs like skull cap and St. John's Wort. But these were isolated and inconclusive.

    HOWEVER, if you don't take at least 3,000 mg a day, it merely passes through the digestive tract.

    It's also (like many supplements for these conditions, even for those of use during the natural aging process get them) only as good for as long as you take it.

    I personally love MSM. I've never found anything like it. We used to get it in abundance in our foods, but ....well we all know how food is grown these days (I'm including animals here),

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