I spent many years on meloxicam. 5+. My mother did too and experienced some dramatic problems due to her own overuse (at times she unwisely doubled her own dose). After my mother’s hospitalizations, I have stopped using anything except Ibuprofen for the past 18 months. And it is no longer helping. Well......my pain levels have ramped up on my right hip that needs replacing. And I am in a quandary......anti inflammatory or prescription pain meds? Or maybe crutches, lol? No shots because I am just getting the new joint and start recovering. I have been taking the steps toward full bionic babe status. (Future double hippie here). Until then, are there anti-inflammatory meds that are gentler on your intestines? Have some had relief with prescribed pain meds? I am having a bunch of trouble sleeping at night. My doctor seems to be dismissing my worries about the anti-inflammatory. However, I am new to this doctor and find her general tone dismissive about lots of things. (New HMO insurance, ). Gotta manage some young kids 4&7 with this ridiculous hip. And I work on a college campus with quite a bit of walking. Any experiences with specific medications or pain management are welcome. My physical therapist taught my husband how to gently pull on my ankle to create some temporary relief at night, and I am very familiar with ice packs. Thank you in advance!