Let me start this by saying I have been taking Diclophenac for joint pain for 11 years and it has worked well. It also almost killed me. I developed ulcers from it that caused a stomach blockage. Little did I know this was happening. On Sept 9th, I had a total hip replacement done and came home from the hospital 2 days later. I never felt right, loss of appetite, stomach ache, etc.. In early October, I couldn't eat. Basically, I'd try to eat, and the next day I'd throw it up. I figured I had a stomach bug. What I had was a combination of things, the ulcers as I said earlier, and a nasty infection called "C Diff" which the doctors figured I picked up in the hospital during my hip surgery. Towards the end of October, I wasn't eating or drinking enough to keep a person alive. My doctor sent me for a stomach scope. When I woke from the scope, the doctor and my son were standing there and the doctor said I was going to the hospital to be admitted. I had a blockage in the tube that all food passes through to the small intestines.. The plan was to do these stomach scopes, removing what was blocking it. If they couldn't unblock it, I'd be sent to a Boston hospital for surgery. After three more scopes, still no success. Than it happened, my stomach ruptured. Thank God it happened in recovery after the last scope. So I was rushed into surgery, had a tube put into my stomach and a feeding tube put into my small intestines, and a tube down my nose. Talk about pain. My stomach was on fire along with my back because I had to remain on my back, eventually for 5 weeks.
I am home now, the tubes were recently taken out, and I am eating solid, bland food after being on a feeding tube for 7 weeks. Diclophenac is a thing of the past for me and has been replaced by Percocet, at least until the doctors can figure out what will help with the joint pain and not destroy my stomach again. My back pain is as bad as it was before my spinal fusion, all due to being immobilized for 5 weeks. Needless to say, my holidays sucked big time. If it weren't for my sons helping me, I'd surely be in a nursing home.
Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.