Meloxicam 15g. Works great. I stop and 10 days pain

I was on meloxicam, I have had the best 6 weeks. No problem at all. My results were great so I waa stopped, now 10 days later I feel pain in knees and ankle. I know I'm going to be bed ridden again. I'm 45, do I just keep going on the meloxicam, or perhaps week on 10 days off. Can I take meloxicam for say 5 or 10 years, or will I have other problems