I have five kids. So that means I went through five labors followed by five childbirths (four c-sections) and five increasingly difficult recovery periods. Let’s just say, I’ve had my share of pain relievers.
After the birth of my last child, it took months for me to recover to the point where I could walk normally. Add in the terrible spinal headaches, which I still get sometimes. Then, add the fibromyalgia which developed shortly thereafter.
My friend, Motrin, never left my side. As a matter of fact, when I get done writing this, I’ll have to go take the family-sized bottle out of my purse.
Although the FDA already had a warning on drugs containing NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) due to the risk of heart attack and stroke, further research has revealed that the risks are worse than they originally thought. These over-the-counter pain relievers include ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), and also multi-symptom cold and flu products.
Dr. Judy Racoosin says, “There is no period of use shown to be without risk… Everyone may be at risk – even people without an underlying risk for cardiovascular disease.”
To minimize your risk, stop taking these products unless you absolutely have to due to excruciating pain. In these cases, you may feel that the benefit outweighs the risk.
As an alternative, choose a natural pain reliever as often as you can. I personally recommend the Pain Relief Complex from Shaklee and spices like tumeric, ginger, and cayenne. Also, get a healthy dose of fish oil each day to reduce inflammation.