Saturday, July 12, 2008 debbie, Community Member, asks

Q: arthritis and coumadin

My mother-in-law is in some serious pain with arthritis, but also on coumadin.  She is so bad that she doesn't want to get out of bed.  It runs from the elbow up the arm through the back and neck.  I don't know what to do for her.  Could you suggest anything to do for her.  I'm not so sure of Celebrex.  Thank you.

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Mary, Community Member
7/15/08 5:13pm

I have R.A. and am a lifelong Coumadin patient.  When I was first diagnosed in the ninties, I was told by my doctor that all of the medications for arthritis contained aspirin which because of the Coumadin I could not take.  However, now I am on Plaquinil which my doctor has said is safe for me to take.  My suggestion would be for her to see a rheumatologist (if she has not already done so) and discuss the various meds that are available that will not interfere with the Coumadin.  I can understand the pain and her not wanting to get out of bed.  My R.A. stems from Sjogrens" Syndrome which is a connective tissue disease.  When I get flare ups of R.A., I have to take both Flexoril (a muscle relaxer) and Loritab(a strong pain killer)  Naturally, I have to stay in bed while I am taking this combination of medicine.  Between these flare ups, I am fine as long as I take my Plaquinil. 

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