Hi Austen...I have been taking Advil three or four times a day for years and years. I don't take any prescription NSAID's. I have been getting digestive discomfort after upping my dosage just recently, something I have never had before. I tried just taking Tylenol but that didn't touch the pain. Geez..I thought NSAID's were good for the heart, but the medical profession changes their minds about these things every other day.
Austen, I take both ibuprofen and Tylenol. This is how I've controlled the pain for over two decades. Because I have Crohn's, I have to be careful about ulcers so my doctor has me taking Prilosec daily. He said it protects the stomach 70% of the time. I thought those were good odds. If I don't take ibuprofen, I can barely get out of a chair. But, be sure to take it with food...every time. That helps protect your stomach, too.
When I'm in a flare, I take 3 ibuprofen every six hours around the clock. In between the ibuprofen doses, I'll take 2 extra strength Tylenol...if I need it. I'll do that every six hours around the clock but usually I don't have to take that much because I stay active and that really does help with the pain.