With regards to the thread title and description I am after some much needed advice from anyone in the know.
Just before Christmas I was referred to my GP by my Osteopath for an inflamed back with chronic lower stiffness and bad sciatica. A blood test highlighted that:
i. My thyroid was underactive.
ii. My ESR was high.
iii. My CRP was positive.
iv. Rheumatoid factor was present.
My GP advised me to wait 4 weeks and have the tests repeated. The test results were almost identical.
I was prescribed levothyroxine for the thyroid and 50 mg Voltarol (Diclofenac sodium) 3 times a day and referred to a Rheumatologist for suspected rheumatoid arthritis.
The Voltarol has been a miracle. Resolved the back/sciatica issues in no time at all.
The Rheumatologist took my case history and had me stretch every which way. More blood tests and back x-rays. He concluded my range of movement was above normal, the blood test and x-rays have all came back clear/normal.
He advised me to come off the Voltarol/diclofenac sodium which I have. The back/sciatica problems have returned with a vengeance within a few days of reducing the dosage.
The question I ask (to anyone in the know) is that I understand that the anti-inflammatory drugs work by stopping the body from producing the flammatory's. Therefore, while taking the 3 times a day dosage of Voltarol/Diclofenac sodium a blood test would show a "clear/normal" result or not?
I have been completely off the Voltarol/Diclofenac sodium for 3 weeks now. My GP wants me to have another blood test for the inflammatory markers in another weeks time to see if they have returned.
It just feels like Ground-hog day all over again. And the running, that has had to stop due to the chronic sciatica.
Can anyone shed any light/advice on the above.