No. I finally have a second appointment with the rheumatologist that I saw last year who couldn't label my chronic pain. I do have confirmed OA in my left knee and degenerative disc disease in my thoracic spine. Unfortunately, without a diagnosis for my chronic pain, I'm currently without any treatment. The Arthritis Society in Canada has a medication guide, and one of the drugs used for both osteoarthritis and certain forms of inflammatory arthritis is Celebrex. So I want to see if anyone else has had any benefit from it because I'm going to ask the rheumatologist about doing a trial of it.
I was on it years ago & it stopped working so I went off for probably 5-6 years and recently started taking it again. Like someone said up above, it’s not a miracle drug but it helps some. It’s the only form of anti inflammatory medicine I can take. I’m on 200mg twice a day.
Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences. I went to my rheumatology appointment on April 24th and the rheumatologist agreed to try me on a 4 month trial of Celebrex. Now I just have to fight with my provincial ministry of health to cover Celebrex for me.
My insurance won’t cover it here in the states either, have you heard of Good Rx? Idk if it’s available in Canada or not but look it up online, the regular out of pocket price for one month supply was going to be over $400, but using Good Rx I only pay $37 per month. Is a great savings program and it’s free. Also if that doesn’t work, most of the time if you look up the pharmaceutical company that makes it, they will help with the cost as well. Good luck to you!
I was blessed enough to get my Celebrex covered by my provincial government. I have now been taking 200 mg of Celebrex once daily for 4 days. For the first time in 2 years my back pain from a herniated disc and degenerative disc disease has reduced from 9/10 to 2/10 pain. All of my joints, in general, feel less stiff and less painful. Currently, I'm very happy with this result and I hope the effect continues.
I have now been on Celebrex for 9 days and am still doing well with only mild pain. I do have a question for members who have taken Celebrex before. Did anyone experience constant hunger while taking Celebrex?
I have Both Cervical spinal Stenosis and Lumbar Degenerative Spondylitis and I only take Celebrex when I am out, running errands, working part time because it does not make me feel drowsy but I have noticed it causes me to have a little joint pain from time to time my PT say she thinks that’s a side affect for some people
UPDATE JULY 6 2018: I have continued to do really well and have had a significant pain reduction while taking Celebrex over the past 8 weeks. Unfortunately, I have begun experiencing severe anxiety, which is a known side effect of Celebrex. I have booked an appointment with my GP to discuss either anti-anxiety medication or going off of Celebrex.