Currently I am suffering with numerous joints being painful and stiff with weakness in my tendons of the wrists and hips, amongst many other symptoms which are causing me a great deal of personal stress. I know I may sound in control,but at times I wonder how I can get through the day; I have had a very distressing couple of weeks.
The rheumatologist has written to my GP advocating the use of gabapentin with the introduction of meloxicam (or a totalic ....whatever that is).
Firstly, after my shoulder operation in October, my GP gave me NSAIDS without a stomach protector and since I have had horrendous acid reflux with the possibility of a stomach ulcer. Now I am on omeprazole(helping a little), I am terrified of irritating an already sensitive stomach by using meloxicam - another NSAID.
Secondly, I have read many reports on the use of these drugs and quite honestly, they scare me to death. I wonder how anyone can function at all with all the nausea and dizziness they produce with some even slurring their speech and being incoherent. I have gone back to teaching - albeit supply teaching as I have to earn some money, though to honest, I am struggling even teaching 2 days a week at the moment with all the pain and fatigue.
Does anyone take the meloxicam on its own without the gabapentin? Will it create further reflux?
Are these standard treatments for UCTD?
Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions,