Can you tolerate NSAIDS at all?

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CathyA
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   Posted 12/9/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave up using NSAIDS quite a while back, because they burned my stomach so. Recently, my knee was hurting so bad, I decided to cut an Aleve into quarters and take that little amount every 4-5 days, for a couple weeks. It didn't give me any pain. I was so happy that I'd figured out that I just needed a smaller dose.
Well, a couple weeks later, I'm having a horrible spell of gastroparesis. Was it possible that the NSAID hurt me, and I didn't know it?
I have no other explanation for this sudden episode of severe gastroparesis.

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   Posted 12/9/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
It's possible.
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   Posted 12/9/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I use NSAIDS for pain but infrequently and not everyday.  I tolerate them fine.
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dencha
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   Posted 12/9/2010 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi CathyA,
I can't tolerate them at all. In fact, I credit them for my doctor's discovery of my reflux. I have a herniated disk, and I was taking them regularly before I knew I had reflux. I ended up with terrible bronchitis (I had asthma-induced pneumonia caused by reflux/triggered by NSAIDs.), and my doctor put me on Prilosec for the first time.

I haven't touched them since. I just tough it out. Generally I treat any pains I have with ice, which is quite effective. I have a similar problem with most antibiotics. My stomach is extremely sensitive and reactive.

I had no idea I was harming my stomach with the Aleeve until it was too late!
I know many can tolerate it, but I'll never take it again. Wish I could, because it works great!
Denise

CathyA
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   Posted 12/10/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone,
Denise.......I'm the same way. I absolutely dread when I have to take antibiotics, because they really set my GI function back.
I have the feeling even taking a fraction of an Aleve has done some damage. Guess I just have to stay completely away from NSAIDS, even if I don't have immediate pain with them.
There have been so many situations with me where NSAIDS would have helped so much, but like you, I guess I just can never take them again.
Thanks!

dencha
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   Posted 12/10/2010 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cathy,
NSAIDS are miracle drugs as far as I'm concerned. If it's anything muscular or arthritic, they magically disappear with Aleve or something like that.
They KILL my stomach. The only antibiotics I can take (as far as I know, because all others have caused me to fly into gastritis) are amoxicillin and Z-Pac.
Hope you feel better soon. I would question the cayenne pepper. It just doesn't sound right.
did you try the apple cider vinegar? I haven't tried any home remedies, but although that one sounds counter-productive, it might just work!
Take care and have a nice holiday,
Denise

CathyA
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   Posted 12/10/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise,
I know people who take NSAIDS by the handful and it never bothers them! Not fair!
I've been thinking of trying some vinegar, thinking maybe my problem is not enough acid......but I'm scared of what might happen if I'm not right.
I'm afraid to eat just about anything right now. My stomach feels full and bloated, even when I haven't eaten. (like in the morning).
I have fibromyalgia and these funky things happen to me all the time. They come and go, come and go. I've given up on running to the doc's every time these funky things happen. Its too expensive. Plus, nothing is every abnormal, as far as tests go.

But....if this unbelievable bloating and burping don't go away in a couple weeks, I think I need to see the GI doc. I'm also having a ton of irregular heartbeats.........which always seems to happen when I'm having stomach problems. Its not fun being me!
All PPIs give me horrible daily headaches......so that option is out too. Whaaaaa........... I'm a whiner today! ;)

Tinlou
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   Posted 12/10/2010 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't take anything like that not even a Tylenol especially if its Extra Strength!! I can be up sick all night and the next day from any NSAID...it is terrible. Does anyone know of anything safe, someone once mentioned Ecotrin but I think that is just a coated aspirin.

dencha
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   Posted 12/10/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Cathy and Tinlou,
Those of us with sensitive stomachs do have it rough. I look at people who can eat and drink and take anything they like and know they don't appreciate how good they have it!

My stomach usually feels out of sorts in the morning when it's empty. It feels better after breakfast.

Cathy if your stomach is way off, stay away from roughage and things that will irritate it further. Your stomach mashes things, and if it is inflamed it will feel worse when you eat things like popcorn, salad, etc. Try staying with softer choices, and baby your stomach for a while. Have you tried egg custard or something like that? It always soothes me...

I haven't tried apple cider vinegar either, for just that reason!

Tinlou,
I know of nothing that will make it past a reactive stomach without setting it off. Oh...actually I just thought of one thing. When I'm sick with a fever, etc. I take Tylenol (generic verson) suppositories. They don't bother your stomach, but do the same thing as the oral type. You don't need a prescription for them, but need to give your pharmacy a heads-up because they might need to order them.

Just a thought!
Hang in there...
Denise

CathyA
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   Posted 12/10/2010 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel bad that I can't even take that daily baby aspirin to help keep me from a heart attack.

I fear I've brought all this on myself though. I have been hungry constantly forever.....since childhood. I wonder if that caused my problems, or it is a manifestation of a problem?? I watched a Youtube video of a girl whose stomach got totally paralyzed when she was about 16. She said that she had always had a huge appetite before that......eating more than anyone else she ever knew (including her dad).

Sometimes I think our bodies over-eat when something isn't right. On the other hand.......if its just my bad over-eating habit, maybe I've stretched my stomach out so often that it no longer has good neuro connections.

I had a chicken with this problem! She ate so much so often that her "crop" (stomach) stretched out so much that it became totally unable to move food through. She died.
Anyhow.........I think my constant appetite is somehow a reflection of my gut dysfunction.

Have you ever heard of a bezoar? I guess (rarely) you can form a matted ball of food that can't exit your pylorus. This stomach problem that I now have has occurred before (although not to this extent). And several times it has come after I've eaten alot of raw veggies for weeks. I make this marinated veggie salad that is soooooo good. I would eat some of it morning, noon and night. Hopefully I don't have a cauliflower bezoar! haha Wouldn't that be weird? (and embarrassing)!

I love veggies and salads........so this is a real hassel. But I'm getting to feel so awful, that they are no longer appetizing to me.
I started burping more than usual about 6 months ago. I have the feeling this has been building for awhile, and I didn't realize it.
My husband can take any meds without any problems ALL the time. He never has stomach problems. He doesn't know how lucky he is!
I've been reading that people with gastroparesis have good luck with acupuncture. I might look into that.

Tinlou
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   Posted 12/10/2010 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
dencha, thanks for the advice about the suppositories. It sounds a bit gross at first but actually it is a good alternative if it works. I never even heard of this idea but it is worth a try. Is it otc or do you have to get it from the pharmacist?

debaser
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   Posted 12/11/2010 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I cannot take acetaminophen but ibuprofen is fine as long as I don't overdo it.

dencha
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   Posted 12/11/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Tinlou,
It's OTC but you have to get it from the pharmacist. It's just not something that is used a lot. Seriously, though, it's the perfect alternative for people who have highly reactive stomachs. It's not really that gross. Obviously it would be great if we didn't need it that way, but how lucky to have an alternative.
Denise

Cathy,
Have you ever considered the Nissen surgery? If you can't take PPI's, it might be a good alternative. I had it done in February 2009, mainly for asthma symtpoms (my reflux was minimal, but enough to get my lungs going). It has made a huge difference for me.
It's really not all that tough to recover from, if you have the right attitude and perspective.

Good luck!
Denise

Tinlou
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   Posted 12/12/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
dencha,
Thank you for the information I will definitely be trying it when I get my next headache. I only take something if I absolutely have to because I know I will suffer for days if I take anything at all so this is a great alternative. Thanks again!

dencha
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   Posted 12/12/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tinlou,
You are very welcome! Hope it helps! The last time I took it was for fever and it worked like a charm. As I said, I depend on ice for aches and pains. It works for me. I'd love to be able to take pain relievers, but no way!
Take care,
Denise
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