I've had chronic joint pain and inflammation for 20 years. Lately it's spread to more joints and become more severe. I am in Mexico, where we can get medications over the counter. I had been on Tramadol and a corticosteroid for several years. I was taken off the corticosteroid when in hospital for pneumonia recently.
Because the pain was severe, I started taking more tramadol, then added in celebrex for the inflammation. I'm now at dosages that keep the pain manageable most of the time, unless there's a flare.
OK- I did ask my doctor who was looking after an injury if it was ok to take this. He said it was better than taking the corticosteroids. I'm on 4 x 100mg of tramadol per day, and 3x 200mg of Celebrex a day. I know I don't have RA. I also know it's not Lupus or Schoegren's syndrome. It's moderate to sever pain in more than 40 joints.
So, what is my question? First, does anyone know specifically of damage these doses could cause my body, liver, kidneys, etc? (I have a doctor here, but since he is the one who told me the corticosteroid could be used forever with no consequences, I don't really trust him.)
I can't currently afford to find and see a specialist. Which is ok, the pain is fairly under control. But I do worry about the meds. I also take tylenol with the tramadol, it's necessary to get the tramadol working. I take 500mg of that 4x a day.
Thanks for listening, I know there will be lots of experience here.