I have been diagnosed as having palindromic arthritis which can effect my joints almost at random but has a few favourites like my right shoulder and right middle finger!
My treatment for the last year or two has comprised Hydroxychlorquinine plus roughly 6 - 12 monthly steroid injections IM and a prescription COX2 NSAID to counter flare ups. I have tried both Arcoxia and latterly Celecoxib.
I don't think the Hydroxychlorquinine is effective and typically when my joints are getting bad I take Ibuprofen in increasing doses until that is no longer effective, and then take the stronger prescription COX2 NSAID.
Now the odd thing is that on four occasions I have taken the COX2 NSAID for a flare-up I have not really had much improvement, and indeed have tended to become generally unwell to the point where I have stopped taking medication all together. And lo and behold on each of these occasions my arthritis flare up has stopped!
So it seems that COX2 NSAID withdrawal stops my flare-ups. This isn't what's supposed to happen is it? Does anyone have the same experience or an explanation?