Hah! The wonders of medicine...say what you may about the COXIBs but within hours of ingesting the first dose of Celebrex, the pain had reduced by 90%! Hallelujah, I don't have to hobble around the house like an old lady anymore!
One of my pet peeves is the misconception by patients that analgesic drugs (more commonly known as "pain-killers") are bad for you & makes you rely on them (I'm not talking about the opiates even). Some are averse to taking even Panadol, let alone 'stronger' NSAIDS like mefenamic acid, ibuprofen or a COXIB.
More often than not, I have to explain to them that pain is caused by inflammation, & if you make the inflammation go away with the above mentioned drugs, voila! the pain disappears too. So the drug is not PURELY a pain killer, but it acts on the inflammation causing the pain. Of course, at the same time, you would need to elucidate the cause of the inflammation, & address that problem at the same time.
I am not advocating prescribing analgesics or anti-inflammatory left, right & center, but if indicated, the results can be wonderful (as personally experienced recently *GRIN*), & leaves one with a much better quality of life.
Now, back to my softball game......