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The truth about NSAID: pain reliever medicine

The truth about NSAID: pain reliever medicine

So you’re in pain… and you start checking your medicine cabinet for a pain relief medicine.


Because you just can’t stand being in the state of pain, the best solution to “treat” and relieve it- can be achieved with the help of NSAID.


Facts about NSAID or “pain relievers”.


While nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, known as NSAIDs, have been widely and successfully used to ease back pain, it is important to be aware of potential drawbacks, including greater risks of serious cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and kidney problems.


Risks and complications are typically greater for those taking the medications for a long period.


NSAID can fight the these everyday pains:

  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Strains and sprains
  • Arthritis and back pain
  • Menstrual cramps


They also ease


  • Ease inflammation and redness
  • Lower fevers


What is NSAID:


  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • naproxen


You should take these with food and important points no alcohol.

Here’s what you need to know… this is pseudoscience , this is facts:


Taking NSAIDS for a long time? Here are the side-effects that you didn’t know about:


Recognize the risks of NSAIDS drugs:


  • Liver or kidney problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Heart-related riks
  • Bleeding

NSAIDs affect the different tissues in the body uniquely, so it is important to understand and differentiate what kind of tissue is injured in order to know if NSAIDs will be effective for it.

We will go through the main tissue types that NSAIDs are commonly used for. The studies available for review are a mix of human and animal trials.


Let’s delve deeper into each tissue.


Muscle: NSAID’s use with muscle soreness has been shown to help with short-term muscle pain, but it does not have any effect on long-term pain and muscle healing [1]. Many people talk about using NSAIDs to help their upper shoulders feel less painful after a long day at work. The shoulders feel better for a while, but then they go back to where they were before. This is because NSAIDs are a short-term way to mask the pain, but they are not helping the underlying problem(s).


Bone: If there is a fracture, it is wise to avoid long term NSIAD use. Patients who used NSAIDs during the first 3 months after a fracture had a 4-fold risk of their fracture not healing properly [1]. Further animal and human studies found that even taking NSIADs for only 1 to 2 weeks can delay fracture healing [1]. In a study of 42 patients with Colles’ fractures (a type of wrist fracture), 6 out of the 21 patients who took NSAIDs had a non-union. Out of the 21 patients who did not take NSAIDs, all had their fractures unionize [2]. Out of all of the tissues tested with NSAID use, bone has the most conclusive research that NSAIDs have a negative effect on its healing.


Ligament: No significant differences have been seen with ligament healing in animal studies over long term follow ups [2].


Tendon: Tendon attaches a muscle to a bone. This is important to know because sometimes an injury happens on the tendon body itself, and sometimes it happens where the tendon actually inserts on the bone. One aspect that was postulated by physicians was that NSAIDs actually improved tendon regeneration during an injury. The thought behind this was that neutrophils and macrophages (the ‘Pac-Man’ particles that clean up an area) can exacerbate a tissue injury, and using NSAIDs to reduce the number of these cells in the area would lead to less degradation of the tendon. Marsolais et al. found in 2003 that this was actually not the case. Though neutrophils and macrophages were fewer after taking NSAIDs, there was no improvement in tendon regeneration. If an injury is on a tendon, most evidence states that NSAIDs have little effect on the tendon healing other than decreasing pain


Experience powerful healing- through treatment of what is the underlying cause of the pain.


Do not rely completely to treat your pain and take long term medication with the help of pain reliever pills.


The word itself, “RELIEVE”.


Okay folks, I really appreciate your time reading out my articles.


Remember stay healthy, well and be informed! Chronic pains can be succesfully treated with the help of physiotherapy and acupuncture! Face all those pains eye to eye. Treat it, don’t just relieve it!


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Works Cited[1] Patel, D., & Adrian, B. (2011). Do nsaids impair healing of musculoskeletal injuries? – see more at:[2] O’Conner, J., & Lysz, T. (2008). Celevoxib, nsaids, and the skeleton. Drugs Today, 44(9), 693-709.

[3] Marsolias, D., & Frenette, J. (2005). [inflammation and tendon healing]. Med Sci, 21(2), 161-168.