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Are You Taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen For Pain?

What you don’t know may be hurting you! Pain can be annoying or down right debilitating. To say the least, it is not fun to live while experiencing it.

I get it! I suffered 20+ years from PMS pain. When that pain came, I was completely dysfunctional for 2 or 3 days! More than that, I was popping 3-4 doses of ibuprofen per day to stay afloat with my daily responsibilities.

Many people use aspirin and/or ibuprofen for pain on a daily basis. But aspirin and ibuprofen can be dangerous. Aspirin has never even been through clinical trials and if it were to go through clinical trials today, it might never be approved due to dangerous side effects.

Did you know both of these drugs are in the top 10 drugs most commonly implicated in adverse drug events requiring treatment in a hospital emergency room? According to a 2006 national surveillance study in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), aspirin was the fourth leading drug on the list and ibuprofen was the seventh. Budnitz, DS et al, ​​JAMA. 2006;296(15):1858-1866. doi:10.1001/jama.296.15.1858

What are some of these side effects, you might ask? Both aspirin and ibuprofen can cause bleeding which can be fatal. Ibuprofen can also increase your risks for a fatal heart attack or stroke, especially in the event of long term use or when taking high doses, or if you have heart disease. These conditions can occur without warning while using ibuprofen, especially in older adults.

In addition to all these side effects, there are the nutrient deficiencies caused by these drugs that nobody talks about. Aspirin can lead to melatonin, and vitamins C, B5, B6, B9, K, and iron, calcium, sodium, and potassium deficiencies. Ibuprofen can deplete melatonin, folate (vitamin B9), and iron. So you see, long term use even if just occasionally, can lead to serious medical problems.

Given all the facts, these meds should be used only as a last resort or for special situations, under the care of a physician. However, being so available, these meds are thought to be safe.

Do you still think they are safe?

BUT what else can you do to improve pain? Depending on the nature of your pain, PMS-related, joint or muscle pain, neurological pain, or pain caused by inflammation, etc, the course of action might be slightly different. First and foremost, together with your healthcare provider, discover the root cause of your pain. While you figure that out, consider taking safer “pain-killers”. The beauty of some of these safer “pain-killers” is that they might actually address some of the root-causes.

 

Here are my top safe “pain-killers”:

Frankincense essential oil or Boswellia supplements:

These have amazing anti-inflammatory properties, in other words, they work similarly with ibuprofen; they decrease pain by reducing inflammation thus helping with healing, too. Never apply essential oils directly on wounds, only around the affected area. If you prefer to take a pill instead of an essential oil, this is the brand I recommend:

Curcumin found in Turmeric supplement:
These possess anti-inflammatory properties as a result of inhibition of cyclooxygenases (COX), just like ibuprofen, and other enzymes involved in inflammation. I recommend this brand:
CBD or hemp seed oil:
These work on the endocannabinoid system [link to a definition?] and thus decrease pain, including neuropathic pain often present in diabetic people.
Magnesium, various supplement forms:

These can be used to promote muscle relaxation and if you want more information on Magnesium go to: https://naturopathicpharmacist.com/magnesium-do-i-need-more/) I recommend this brand:

Peppermint essential oil: The fresh energizing aroma of this essential oil helps with feelings of vigor and vitality. This oil contains menthol which is cooling thus easing tension and pain. PEA or palmitoylethanolamide is another supplement that helps with pain. It is a substance made in our bodies that seems to have anti-inflammatory activity, but also works on the endocannabinoid system, thus lowering pain. I recommend this brand: 

If you want more information on how aspirin and ibuprofen might be making you sick, download my free ebook from www.drugnutrients.com.

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