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Question: Any safe anti-inflammatories/pain relievers for asthmatics?

 dacubster - Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:55 pm

I am a 24 year old female with a history of severe asthma, bronchitis, hyperthyroidism, IST, and depression.

I recently reinjured my shoulder (from a preexisiting injury) and the doctor suspects a labral tear. I am currently waiting on physical therapy and then possibly surgery.

However, since the reinjury occured I have been unable to straighten my arm and have been in significant pain. My primary doctor and orthopedic surgeon have tried numerous drugs which have either not worked or I have had bad reactions to.

I have been on many doses of steriods to no avail. I have been on the anti-inflammatory Etolodac, which caused a severe asthma attack. I have also been on PROPOXYPHENE which I also did not have a good reaction with. They will not try most pain relievers because I have had severe breathing problems in the past with even small doses of Vicodin and Morphine. I have tried over the counter relievers (tylenol, etc), but they do little to help.

The problem is that the doctor does not want to try anything (especially anti-inflammatories) else because they are worried about setting off another asthma/breathing problem. This has left me in severe discomfort and stiffness. Are there medicines that I could safely take without having an affect on my breathing?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:54 pm

User avatar Hi Dacubster,

This is difficult. If you are having worsened asthma symptoms with some non-steroidal anti-inflammatories the risk of having problems with others is high. For pain, I would recommend talking with your doctor about other pain medicines that are not in this category of meds.

You may also want to consider seeing a pulmonologist to help get your asthma under better control so that you may be able to use the non-steroidals.

Best wishes.

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