and ended up with black tarry stools and constant stomach pain!! She now wants to take tylenol, but I think it's just as bad. Of course, her gastro doc told her to stop taking aleve, but didn't suggest anything for her pain. I think she needs a mild pain med. (darvocet is off the market) and she is allergic to codeine! Sorry folks, this a tall order, but it's my mom and I can;t stand to see her in pain anymore. I know one of you incredibly intelligent people will come up with something! God Bless, Sweetpea
Since she is having stomache problems most nasids are out of the questuion. I would suggest you take her to a Rheumaologist to see if she could take some of the newer meds for RA that are our out there. That would be my best suggestion. Other than that tylenol would be only OTC that may help, & if she really is in pain she needs to be seen by a doctor... .
She really needs her general doctor to evaluate the report from the gastroenterologist and decide the best approach. If she has had a bleeding episode then NSAIDs maybe out of the question. There are NSAIDs that are less harmful to the digestive system such as the cox 2 inhibitors but again that needs to be determined by her doctor. I take Celebrex, a cox 2 inhibitor, for arthritis but don't know if that would be appropriate for her given her history.
Best to seek the advice of her regular doc,
your 82 y/o mother had black stools because she had an Upper G.I. bleed.
Let me tell you the story of aspirin and NSAIDs (Aleve).
At least 30 years ago the only medication to treat arthritis was Aspirin; there were a few others but they were removed from the marketplace because of side effects.
Then along came the NSAIDs and the drug companies promised that there wouldn't be any G.I. problems with these. Now here we are 30 years later and guess what the leading cause of G.I. bleeds in the elderly are? You guessed it, NSAIDs!!
If your mother can take Darvocet it is still available
Hey Sweetpea, did your mom get help for her RA? Haven't heard back from you. Your friend
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