An interesting look at the risks that come from taking anti-inflammatory medications.
The article quotes one doctor as saying, “If these drugs are making your life a lot better, that may be worth the risks. But a lot of people will tell you, ‘I can’t tell if they’re doing anything, I just take them every day anyway.'”
I think a lot of people with chronic pain are told by their doctors to take these medications. They are considered by most doctors to be a lot safer than some of the alternatives, which carry a risk of dependency and have a potential for abuse.
But NSAIDS have never really done much for me. They help if I’ve strained a muscle in a very acute manner, or when I’ve had a specific injury such as an ankle sprain. But for ongoing, chronic pain where the original injury happened a long time ago, NSAIDS don’t seem to do much.
Don’t take NSAIDS just because your doctor recommended them. Make sure they are actually producing a reduction in pain before subjecting yourself to the risks.