I had gastric by-pass surgery, Rouex -n-y 10 years ago, to loose weight, specifically to help my severly degenerated knees. I have been diagnosed with both osteo arthritis in many joints and related bone spurs on my back and knees and shoulders... etc. Had an upper tibial osteotomy on my right leg ~14 years ago, to postpone replacement surgery a while longer. Both knees are covered in spurs, catch in certain positions... very painful, click when moved, etc. :( The spur(s) on my upper spine have been causing problems with blood flow up the arm... due to pressure on the nerve that controls that particular artery.
I'm supposed to have surgery for the spine and the knees replaced; but have been delaying due to needing to care for my sick husband. He has a recent leg amputation and now a wound on the remaining foot and requires my care. He's diabetic and has Parkinson's Disease... so my plate is very full.
After the by-pass surgery, I was told never to take NSAIDS again... due to the risk of bleeding from the staples that remain in my stomach. And, with the benefit of so much weight loss (170 lbs at my lowest) it was easy. I went from sometimes being in a wheelchair, always needed either a walker or sometimes a cane.... to needing no equipment! :) A miracle!! However... time moves on and so did my disease. Now I'm in constant pain. The internest put me on Meloxicam, because I'd rather walk than be cautious about bleeding when I've done well so far. A risk.
Do you agree that Meloxicam is the best choice for me? Is there new information about how to treat those of us who had to have surgery to loose weight for our arthritis and now need pain releif?