Had an ascending aorta replaced along with a St Jude mechanical heart valve three years ago. I'm 62 and in pretty good health. I have quite a lot of arthritis in my hands, feet neck and back. Question; does anyone know of a safe pain medication I can use while on Warfarin? Meloxicam works wonders on my arthritis but my primary physician says I shouldn't take it because of the blood thinner. Any suggestions?