Pain is inevitable in every person’s life. Whether caused from prolonged sitting in front of a computer screen, a sports related injury, arthritis, heavy lifting, or just twisting your body the wrong way, pain is guaranteed. But what causes it?
Inflammation is the culprit — the manner in which the body heals itself through focused immune activity on the area of injury or infection. Common forms of inflammation include
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Frequently suffers find relief through anti-inflammatory drugs whether by prescription or over-the-counter. This article explores some considerations in the selection of anti-inflammatory agents.
Common Pain Relievers
Most people are accustomed to NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), a pain reliever commonly found either by prescription or over the counter. Recognizable over-the- counter brand names include Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ecotrin, Bayer, and others. Among some familiar generic names are aspirin, naproxen sodium, and ibuprofen. Inflammation reduces with prescription doses. Commercials for quite a few of these drugs are a common occurrence, but the audience tends to either leave the room or zone out by the end of these commercials.
Unfortunately, towards the end of these commercials is typically where important facts are revealed in order to make an informed decision on its use — the possible side effects. All NSAID labels include warnings of potential risks of stomach bleeding, heart attach, and stroke. There are other potential side effects which may include liver or kidney problems, allergic reactions, stomach ulcers, leg swelling, heartburn, headaches and dizziness. These are just some of the typical side effects, it’s not all inclusive.
Natural Pain Remedies
Natural pain remedies are an alternative to NSAIDS. There are quite a few of them on the market in the form of creams, gels, and tablets. Please talk to your health care provider concerning your health care practices, especially before trying something new.
What is your preferred natural pain remedy?