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If you take the celbrex and others that cause bleeding you will have to take other medications to reduce the bleeding. PLEASE call your surgeon first!!!!!!

I have added Omega-3 to my diet. It's amazing the freedom of movement and pain reduction that it helps.

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Bottom line is just to talk to your doctor. I've been on NSAID's for years and my knee is down to bone-on-bone, with a replacement coming up in a year or so. Cutting them out completely pre- and post-op for the lapband was excruciating and I was lurching all over the place and in major pain - and this was AFTER having lost 50 lbs pre-op.

My WLS surgeon said I could take an NSAID but it had to be liquid, so I was put on Meloxicam, which is the only one I can tolerate that comes in that form. Now I'm back to my regular Voltaren in pill form and walking like a champ.

I wouldn't have taken either thing without the surgeon's knowledge and approval. I'm watched carefully by my primary care doctor for any complications. At this point, given the state of the knee, everyone agrees this is an appropriate medication. If that changes, I'll adapt but hopefully will be ready for, or have had, the knee replacement.

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I have osteo arthritis in my knees and hips, so it was making it harder to exercise, so that's what started me looking at WLS. I was taking glucosamine and celedrin pills and tylenol or advil before the surgery. Since then I dropped all except the occasional tylenol, and my hip started hurting even more - I never found tylenol to help much with the arthritis anyway. But I started taking a glucosamine liquid and using a celedrin cream and am doing much better now.

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I don't have to take celebrex anymore either since I lost the weight, but if the weather changes suddenly or I overdo the exercise I'll ache a bit. But for me the BIG difference in comfort and flexibility was made when I started taking high quality (from the health food store) Omega 3 fish oil capsules. It is AMAZING the difference it made. I know this sounds gross, but I let the big pill soften in a cup of hot coffee or tea. I squeeze out the liquid and it floats on the top. One big sucking sip off the top and it's gone. Quick swallow. The higher quality caps don't taste quite so awful and it's just one sip. I'm used to it now. It's no big deal. With the improvement I'm experiencing it's a small price to pay. I can scoot up the stairs with ease, I can dance, get in and out of a kayak, and even enjoy "alternate" sex positions with ease again. Remarkable. I highly suggest it!!

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The Doctors took me off the Naprison, and I hurt like no tomorrow. I got on Osteo-Bi-Flex, and it was like someone had oiled my joints, and my knees would move again.

Once I had my knees replaced. Well,, no more aches, and pains. Ask your Dr. if this is OK to take, Mine said yes.

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I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and am taking Celebrex (most smomach friendly of the NSAIDS). My Dr also makes me take Prevacid to help with the stomach problems. You might try that approach.

Even though losing weight has helped, I still go through periods when moving isn't fun.

Any of you on Humira, Enbrel, or Remicade? I'm looking into gettting on one of them.

Bruce

Hey, just found this age appropriate site, I have RA and Spinal Stenos with 3 surgeries on my neck. My doc wanted me to go off Celebrex and I tried but my pain level really increased, my doctor said I could take it as long as I realize it could cause band erosion. Interesting your doctor told you to take it with Previacid. My Rhumatolgist indicated that taking Celebrex and Nexium together would really help prevent stomach problems also. As to all the meds you listed above I have been on all and recently started Remicade since the other two were no longer effective. Remicade has been helpful, started Nov./10 but unfortunately have had allot of recent falls so its not as effective has it had been prior to the falls. I found that both Humira & Enbrel to really help at first but like all meds at some point your body gets used to them and are no longer effective or you get worse. Wish you the best of luck...........Lori :rolleyes:

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I'm pain free now. No longer need my meds so it's not an issue any longer. but I was also told NO NSAIDS. If I do have pain I'm only allowed tylenol. It causes your stomach to bleed, and your stomach is already sensitive due to the band. Not a good mix. After you lose some weight I promise you'll be more comfortable. I couldn't go up stairs, had trouble getting up off the couch, couldn't dance or raise my arms over my head. I even had trouble tying my shoes. I do aerobics now, and up and down the stairs several times a day. No pain. It's HEAVEN and one of the reasons I had the LapBand in the first place.

Know this post is old, but wanted to add that with every pound lost, aches and pain get so much better. I climb stairs much easier, I walk, ride nicycle, everything is easier. Not all done losing, but notice so many good things already after banding. I am 3 months post surgery with 60 weight loss.

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Hey' date=' just found this age appropriate site, I have RA and Spinal Stenos with 3 surgeries on my neck. My doc wanted me to go off Celebrex and I tried but my pain level really increased, my doctor said I could take it as long as I realize it could cause band erosion. Interesting your doctor told you to take it with Previacid. My Rhumatolgist indicated that taking Celebrex and Nexium together would really help prevent stomach problems also. As to all the meds you listed above I have been on all and recently started Remicade since the other two were no longer effective. Remicade has been helpful, started Nov./10 but unfortunately have had allot of recent falls so its not as effective has it had been prior to the falls. I found that both Humira & Enbrel to really help at first but like all meds at some point your body gets used to them and are no longer effective or you get worse. Wish you the best of luck...........Lori :rolleyes:[/quote']

I had AS. I took Enbrel, Remicade, and Humira. Since my lap-ban, I have had no problems! Rheumatologist can no longer find the faulty gene. God is good!

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i was told NO arthritis, i will have surgery to clean out my shoulder....no pills at all!

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My Doc has me on two Arth meds & Iam 3 weeks banded and love it so far !

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I was actually given an anti-inflammatory the day of surgery and after. I am now on Arthrotec and Tylenol for Arthritis which the surgeon said I could take.

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Hi, I have RA and I consulted with my Rheumoidtologist before having lap band in 2010. I have continued to have rituxan infusion semi annually.

Naproxen twice a day, methotrexate once a week, and I've had no problems with my medicine interfering with my lap band.

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i HAVE BEEN ON DAYPRO FOR YEARS. AFTER SURGERY DR. SAID TO NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE. AFTER ABOUT 2 WEEKS I TOLD THE DR. THAT I WAS IN A LOT OF PAIN FROM ARTHRITIS. HE TOLD ME TO GO BACK ON DAYPRO AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. ALMOST A YEAR LATER NO PROBLEMS AND AM STILL ON DAYPRO.

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I had my bariatric surgery for a lap band 7 years ago. A year and a half ago I was diagonosed with R.A. It created quite a probelm. Due to lap band and higher risk of stomach bleeding and sensitivity, I can NOT take NSAIDS of any kind. For pain I am using tramadol for when I have a flare. I was put on methotrexate to control the inflammation but ONLY by injection. It apparently causes stomach bleeding as well. I take my methotrexate injection once a week. I've had some really good response to this method of treatment but at the moment am having a flare. The bad winter weather throws a wrench into the system. But if I get a steroid shot I"m good for months... Be care with everything that can cause stomach bleeding... All my doctors are on board with this and work with eachother.

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