Kicking the Advil habit
September 28, 2010 2:20 PM Subscribe
Trying to kick my ibuprofen habit. How can I ease my aches in the meantime?
I've had headaches, and body and joint aches & pains since I was a teenager. To cope with these aches, I've taken Advil on a weekly, and often daily basis, for the past 15 years. I haven't gone more than 3-4 days in that time period without taking Advil. I never take more than the suggested dosage (no more than 6 a day), but I'll often go through weeks where I take that dosage each day.
I want to go off Advil because I've had an ulcer in the past, and I also don't want to be so dependent on OTC meds to get through the day. However, I'm on Day 6 of no Advil, and I feel TERRIBLE - bad headaches, joint aches, stiff everything.
I'm working on trying to figure out WHY I have these aches. I've gone to doctors in the past, but didn't advocate for myself very well. I have an appointment lined up with my current GP. I'm not looking for the answer to why this is happening (though if your particular why is relevant to your remedy, please share!) -- I know getting to the bottom of the aches will be key, and I'm on the case.
I'm looking for in-the-meantime coping techniques for the aches. I'd like to feel better without going back on The Stuff.
What are your techniques and non-pill form remedies for muscle and body aches?
So far, I'm stretching in the mornings and evenings, being hyper-aware of my posture and how long I sit at my computer, and going for 1-2 mile walks broken up over the course of the day. (In my experiments over the years, the amount I exercise seems to have no bearing on the aches.) I'm sleeping and eating well and staying off caffeine and alcohol.
Thanks for your suggestions! I'm open to stretches, exercises, home remedies -- anything that's worked in the past for you.
Relevant info: 30-year-old female in the Twin Cities. Work from home 75% of the time, 25% at a casual office.