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3 Months Post-op to Gastritis and New Meds, and Everything in the Middle

I have been so bad about updating this blog!

Mobic did not go well, I only last about two weeks on it, then I switched to Celebrex. Celebrex is supposed to be the easiest on the stomach of all NSAIDs, well cause I am me that is not how it worked out.

About a week or two into taking Celebrex my stomach pain got a lot worse, I actually thought I had an ulcer. It was not fun at all. So I went to student health services and had to see a nurse before I could get a doctor's appointment. Right away it was agreed on I needed to see a doctor as soon as possible, but the next available appointment was not till the next day. When I did see the doctor he was really great and prescribed Protonix to replace Prevacid, but did say if I have anymore stomach issues I need to see a GI specialist which I would like to avoid. He also confirmed that it was probably gastritis and not an ulcer but went over all the signs to look for. The doctor also said he would try to do some reading on NSAID induced gastritis. And he put I have an autoimmune disease on my chart so I can get in faster in the future.

At this point my joints are probably where they were before we started switching all these meds and my stomach is probably worse off then it was (which is ironic because that is why I switched meds to begin with). I do not plan on saying anything to my rheumy until my next appointment in November because I am exhausted from this last go around between the flare Mobic caused and the gastritis.

This week I got a cold but I am on decongestant so even though I slept whenever I was not in class yesterday I am feeling pretty good today and only took one nap. I love being able to nap, that may be my favorite part of college.

I almost forgot to post about my 3 month post op mile stone. It is really nice to be 3 months out from surgery and not having another one on the horizon. Even though I still have pain at times I feel like I may have a chance to reclaim my life back from my body someday soon.

Here are some random pictures I have taken:
Hay Rides and Moccasins While Apple Picking on the 1st Day of Fall!

William Penn is Up There!

City Hall! I Really Love Philly!
Roomisa Take on Eastern State Penitentiary! 

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