Off the Diclofenac

May 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | Leave a comment

Well, after a really horrible stomach upset which, without going into ‘too much information’ in case someone’s eating while they read this, made it pretty clear that the diclofenac was the cause, I came off it and went on to a low dose of another NSAID called Arcoxia. Now I didn’t think I was that fussed about swallowing down the pills, but I can’t even begin to tell you what a great difference it made psychologically to be taking one tablet a day for inflammation instead of three! Oh yeah, and the stomach settled down too, as if by magic.

Unfortunately I felt great for about a week and then the RA started to bite again. So I’m now on an increased dose of Arcoxia, but happily still only one tablet. The inflammation seems to have calmed down again.

This of course begs an interesting question – if I come off the diclofenac for a week and start to get all inflamed again (and I don’t think I’d call it a flare, it was just a steady increase in pain and swelling), then is the m-m-m-methotrexate actually doing any good? That’s one the GP couldn’t answer, so I shall look forward (as far as it is possible to do so) to my consultant appointment at the end of June. Whether I a) remember to ask and b) get any kind of sensible answer is anyone’s guess. Care to guess, anyone?

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