I'm back to an "old" wonderdrug ~ ASPIRIN!

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/14/2010 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Came home from a long shopping trip with DD and Grandbubby and was in a lot of pain. Don't usually do so much walking, but I needed some new clothes and the little one needs something to wear that fits her. They sure do grow fast! Anyway, Daughter reminded me to take something when we walked in the door and suggested aspirin. She is 27 and just discovered it herself. She had never had it growing up because of the possibility of Reyes Syndrome.

Anyway... (I do babble on, don't I?) I took two aspirin and twenty minutes later I was able to sit and read to Granddaughter with NO pain... none... at all. I was astounded. I haven't taken aspirin for anything other than a headache in years! I've been using ibuprophen, darvocet and a bunch of other new fangled pain stuff and here I have aspirin sitting in the cabinet... Hubby takes it for his back pain so we always have it.

So, I started taking it with a bit of food or milk regularly and it's helping with my fibro, just as much as the stronger and more expensive meds. I believe I've found a new tool to fight this disorder. smilewinkgrin
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GSDgirl
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   Posted 3/14/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
asprin is great but it kills my stomach.  My fiorinol has asprin it so I have to watch how much I take.  Glad you found something that is helping for now.
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day, soma, fioronal, tramadol, zoloft.
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 ****We grow most of our veggies and freeze, buy 1/2 of a grass fed cow, buy a 4-H pig at the county fair, raise my own chickens for their eggs and overall eat as well as we possibly can****


puppylover
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   Posted 3/14/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad it is helping you Jeannie. For years I took asprin or ibuprophen for my undiagnosed pain. It really helped me, but I was starting to bruise a lot. Then I had a scare with some bleeding. Doctor said I shouldn't take asprin or ibuprophen anymore. But for years it really made me feel better.

GSDgirl, welcome! I take fioricet for my headaches. It's fiorinol with tylenol instead of asprin.
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crazykitty
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   Posted 3/14/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I'm glad that you have found something that helps with the pain and is so
affordable and covenient. I am one of those easy bruisers too, so aspirin therapy isn't
an option. Hoping you have continued success with it!

Welcome to our family GSD girL!

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college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/14/2010 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Just be careful - I take Excedrin because it is the best thing for my headaches. Aspirin can hurt your stomach, but Advil is even worse. Try to take a Tums or something when you take aspirin to help your stomach. I have an ulcer and nsaids can really do a number on your entire gastric system. Glad you found some new relief (and quite cheaper I might add)
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GSDgirl
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   Posted 3/15/2010 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
puppy lover---because of a probable compromised liver I don't take anything with "cet" in it.  I am honestly afraid of it.  Afraid of most OTC pain relievers, some kill your liver, some kill your kidneys and most kill your stomach (not yours per say but overall).  I don't take any really heavy duty pain killers because I am afraid of what they will do, I honestly don't care about addiction because if one thinks about it, we are basically addicted to our anti D's.  I pointed out that I don't take any heavy duty (opiates) pain killers so folks don't think I am a druggie but still.......think about, people get addicted to nasal spray, cold meds ect, ect.......BUT If we need something addictive for pain we are looked down on.  I dunno, rambling I guess, one of those days.
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day, soma, fioronal, tramadol, zoloft.
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 ****We grow most of our veggies and freeze, buy 1/2 of a grass fed cow, buy a 4-H pig at the county fair, raise my own chickens for their eggs and overall eat as well as we possibly can****


Marlee2
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   Posted 3/15/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Denise and welcome.
 
Jeannie, I'm glad the aspirin is working for you.
 
I haven't been able to take aspirin for almost 40 yrs cause of tummy. I have tried baby aspirin and even that burned my stomach.
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/15/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I started taking aspirin when I was first diagnosed but then my ears started ringing badly.  That's when my doctor switched me to ibuprofen.
 
My doctor has me taking Prilosec, too, to help protect my stomach from the ibuprofen.  He said it protects the stomach 70% of the time so those are good odds for me.  I also always take it with food.
 
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solar powered
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   Posted 3/15/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, taking enteric coated aspirin such as Ecotrin (i think that's the name) or the store brand may help protect your stomach some. They are coated for that reason. That's what I take when I go to bed and have no trouble with it. I sure hope it continues to help you. Lisa
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Nanners
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   Posted 3/15/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
OOH I use to love Ecotrin. That stuff worked really well for me. It also relaxed me, I think it has something along with the aspirin in it. But sadly due to my Crohns disease I can't take Aspirin anymore. But aspirin was always something that worked well for pain. Wish I could still take it.
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MsBunky
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   Posted 3/15/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I'm so happy you've found a new weapon in the fight against the nasty P word. It's amazing to feel "normal" for a change, isn't it?

I hope you're able to continue taking it, and that you get some good advice from the posters here and from your doctor. It would be a shame to have to give up a drug that actually works for you.

Good luck and thanks for sharing!!

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yo-yo
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   Posted 3/15/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
So glad the aspirin is working for you.  I've found that 1 aspirin or one Tylenol before bed helps me some.  I told my NP I thought it relaxed my muscles so I would not be so wakeful but she said they are not muscle relaxants but pain relievers.  Funny how we deny our pain, isn't it?  I kept thinking it was tight, stiff muscles and it was probably pain!
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/15/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Be careful with Ecotrin.  My mother-in-law was taking them and felt she was protecting her stomach but she ended up with severe bleeding ulcers from it.  Any of this stuff you need to take with food and keep a watchful eye out.
 
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solar powered
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   Posted 3/15/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
yo-yo I have problems sometimes with muscles spasms during the night. I do take magnesium supplement for those but when I do still get them I'll take another dose of aspirin and that really helps settle them down for me. I know what your NP said but I know it helps my muscles to relax so I don't think you were wrong in your thinking and experience. Lisa
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solar powered
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   Posted 3/15/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, if my earlier post about Ecotrin gave the impression that it was completely safe for your stomach, I am sorry. I just know it works for me and I have had an ulcer before I started using it and was actually recommended to me by my doctor. I do believe that if you are going to take aspirin on an everyday basis that an safety coated/enteric aspirin is a better choice then regular aspirin. If you're concerned, ask your doctor. Best wishes, Lisa
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/19/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for all of your kind thoughts. I do take my aspirin with food and although my gerd is starting to kick in a bit I'm not concerned. The darvocet takes the pain but it takes my brain, too! turn

Bleeding isn't a problem. Rather bruise and bleed than have a heart attack (I have diabetes as well and am at high risk for stroke and MI).

Anyway, I've had this fibro for so long that I usually don't notice the pain until a family member tells me to take something. I just keep going and getting grumpier and grumpier. Don't take pain meds regularly because I forget to take them! LOL!

Have to get back to the mixers. Teeny tiny wedding cake to do and a baby shower. Sun is shining, birds are singing, life is good.
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