Bextra and Fibromyalgia

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mariac2000, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. mariac2000

    mariac2000 New Member

    I saw my rheumy yesterday. He is the 2nd I've gone to from a "Good Doc" list. I have taken anti-inflammatories before;Relafin,Naprosyn,vioxx, and celebrex. None of them did a thing for my pain. I am currently taking Ultram for pain and I have also been on Ultracet. They are also not controling my pain. I am getting worse by the day and am to the point where I can barely make it up my stairs or pick up and hold my baby. My right leg hurts so much that at times I feel like I need a cane. Just typing this is giving me severe back pains. I have undergone tests to see if I have any inflammation, and they have all come back negative. My doctor knows this. He decided to prescribe Bextra for me. When I asked him why he would give me an anti-inflammatory he said that "maybe" the pain reliever in the Bextra would help me along with the Ultram. So I did some research on Bextra and it scared the wits out of me. I left a message with the doc saying I won't take it and am waiting to hear back.
    Has anybody out there had any success with Bextra for Fibro?
    Has anyone with no inflammation ever used Bextra in conjunction with other pain meds? Does it work. I am too afraid to take the Bexrta unless I know it will work.
    Thanks,

    Maria

    PS for some reason I could not post any messages here the last few days and I just got it straightened out and I am so relieved to be back!
  2. mariac2000

    mariac2000 New Member

    I saw my rheumy yesterday. He is the 2nd I've gone to from a "Good Doc" list. I have taken anti-inflammatories before;Relafin,Naprosyn,vioxx, and celebrex. None of them did a thing for my pain. I am currently taking Ultram for pain and I have also been on Ultracet. They are also not controling my pain. I am getting worse by the day and am to the point where I can barely make it up my stairs or pick up and hold my baby. My right leg hurts so much that at times I feel like I need a cane. Just typing this is giving me severe back pains. I have undergone tests to see if I have any inflammation, and they have all come back negative. My doctor knows this. He decided to prescribe Bextra for me. When I asked him why he would give me an anti-inflammatory he said that "maybe" the pain reliever in the Bextra would help me along with the Ultram. So I did some research on Bextra and it scared the wits out of me. I left a message with the doc saying I won't take it and am waiting to hear back.
    Has anybody out there had any success with Bextra for Fibro?
    Has anyone with no inflammation ever used Bextra in conjunction with other pain meds? Does it work. I am too afraid to take the Bexrta unless I know it will work.
    Thanks,

    Maria

    PS for some reason I could not post any messages here the last few days and I just got it straightened out and I am so relieved to be back!
  3. karen55

    karen55 New Member

    I have been on and off the Bextra for a few months. The first month or so I noticed it helped slightly, and I do mean slightly, then my doc doubled the dosage, which my insurance company wouldn't cover - they would give me 20 days for one copay of $45 instead of a month - but the increased dosage didn't make any difference after 6 weeks, so he cut me back to 10mg daily. I've taken Celebrex, Vioxx, Mobic, Flexeril and Naprosyn in the past. The Naprosyn I cannot take, Celebrex I was on for 2 years and it stopped working, and the others did nothing for me. What I think is happening with me is that when I am having less severe pain overall, I *think* the Bextra has helped, but during the times I have more severe pain, my opinion is that it doesn't help at all. And I have a lot of swelling in my knees and thumb joints and it's not touching that at all.
    Have you talked to your doc about prescribing something different for pain along with the Bextra? Maybe that would work for you.

    Karen
  4. Stormy214

    Stormy214 New Member

    and you've scared the bejesus out of me! What's up with Bextra? My rheumy told me there wasn't a pain reliever in it; it was only an anti-inflammatory. I have Darvocet for pain, zanaflex muscle relaxer, and Trazadone for sleep. But now I'm worried about the bextra!
    Peace,
    Stormy
  5. karen55

    karen55 New Member

    Which one of us scared you?? I should clarify, the swelling I have in my thumbs and knees is NOT caused from the Bextra, the Bextra was supposed to help that. However, my ankles and feet have always swollen a little on any anti-inflammatory, no matter which one, or whether or not it worked on any of the other symptoms. I have just not had very positive results from anti-inflammatory meds, but that's me, doesn't mean it won't work for you. My mom also has FM and arthritis, and she claims that the Bextra does help her quite a bit.
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    For the most part, our illnesses are not inflammatory in nature, so these meds are usually of limited use to us. Despite this, for some reason, rhumies seem to want us to take them. They are afraid of opiods and are comfortable with anti-inflammatories. Find a pain specialist.

    Love, Mikie
  7. shell

    shell New Member

    I am new to fibro, 3 months bad. My doc gave me bextra first month and I took them for over two weeks, no noticeable changes, just got worse. I didn't see any side effects though.

    My grandma also has arthritis/fibro combo and says they help her more then any other med's she has been on, she even pays extra as insurance doesn't cover this 'new' med for her. She told me that I needed to stay on them over two weeks faithfully before I started seeing any good. Sometimes when she is on them she will decide that maybe they aren't really helping much, until she goes off of them and notices a big difference!!
  8. bre_ann

    bre_ann New Member

    the one that worked best for me was Vioxx but I developed a weird feeling in my chest after being on Vioxx for an extended period of time and decided to stop taking it. I agree with others that it is only an anti-inflammatory and doesn't do a whole lot of good since fibro doesn't cause inflammation. BUT, my rheumy continues to push the anti-inflammatories. I am taking a generic form of Lodine at the moment but it does very little. But, when I get up every morning to pain and stiffness, I go ahead and take it. At least I'll keep taking it until I run out and then I will not refill it.
    What have you heard about Bextra? I'm curious.

    Brenda

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