Over twenty five years ago my wrist was quite painful and I was eventually seen by an osteo consultant. The x-ray showed arthritis and I was told that I was Knackered - his word - and I had the option of having my wrist bones fused or living with the pain. I needed to be able to use my wrist so I chose the latter.
I asked our doctor to prescribe Celebrex and he was reluctant. I read the report by the manufactures which clearly indicated the adverse side, then wrote to our GP stating that I was taking responsibility for the consequences of taking Celebrex, so he prescribed the medication, warning me not to exceed the prescribed dose. Thankfully, I was able to lead a normal life
Dr Jones has recently expressed concern about the effect on my heart by the prolonged use of Celebrex so I have reduced and then stopped taking Celebrex. I am now wracked with pain in my left shoulder, elbow and wrist and have reduced reduced mobility of this arm. I like to keep active but now have to think twice, so it is decision time. BTW, the alternatives to taking Celebrex come with their risks.
Do I want to live in pain for the rest of my life or do I continue to take Celebrex and to hell with the consequences? Damned if I do, damned if I don't. I would liked to have achieved more with my life, but admittedly, I haven't done too bad so I'd rather be pain free.
BTW, I am a 83 year old male, often mistaken as a 65 year old.