I've been taking Advil (ibuprofen) for about two weeks due to a major toothache followed by a root canal. Last night was the first time I went to bed without taking anything, and it took me hours to get to sleep. I seemed sensitive to everything: position of the bed covers, hair touching my arm, position of my legs. [more inside]
I have a high pain tolerance and have had multiple root canals in the past with no problems. Tuesday I had a root canal with a temporary filling and on Thursday my jaw around that tooth started to hurt. I don't think it's infected (no swelling, no smell or visible problems, plus my endodontist said he packed the tooth with antibiotics). But it hurts, a lot. Help! [more inside]
Last week my wife fell out of our hammock and hit her upper back against the ground-level metal bar of the hammock stand. Seven days later, she is still in constant pain, but x-rays of cervical spine came up with no fractures, and there's no visible bruising. Her primary care physician prescribed bed rest to go with her previously-prescribed ibuprofen and flexeril for MS. Do you have any other suggestions to help her manage the pain and recover?
YANMD.... As I get older my menstrual cramps seem to be getting worse. How often / how long can I take ibuprofen every month without it being an issue? [more inside]
Help me manage this toothache pain while I scout about for a dentist I can afford. [more inside]
How many days in a row can you take ibuprofen for headaches before it becomes unhealthy? [more inside]
Allow swelling to dissipate on it's own or use ibuprofen? Dislocated ankle, no break. I'm at the point where I can put my weight on it. Swelling is hindering a 90 degree stance and further flexing exercises.
Is there a general consensus in the medical world regarding whether it is better or not to use fever reducing medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) for medium-grade fevers? [more inside]
Is there some (legal?) reason why I can't seem to find individually-packaged OTC medications in Canada (eg. acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin...)? What are some alternative ways to package small amounts of meds for a backpacking first aid kit? [more inside]
Trying to kick my ibuprofen habit. How can I ease my aches in the meantime? [more inside]
American traveller just landed in Dublin. Airline seat caused back pain. Traveller needs ibuprofen or Advil. How do we find this? It's Sunday afternoon. All we can find is panadol. Is there a way to get ibuprofen over the counter? Or even get it delivered? Our location is near = Inchicore Rd near the Kilmainham Gaol.
IANAD. YANMD. Just sayin. Is taking tylenol or ibuprofen to lower a fever usually a way to prolong the infection ? [more inside]
I've recently developed an allergy to ibuprofen...Symptoms: swollen and sore tongue. Questions: a) Is there an equally effective drug for menstrual cramps? b) Chance of worsening symptoms/permanent damage if I continue to take it? SEE INSIDE FOR DETAILS [more inside]
YANMD but did I just give myself an ulcer? [more inside]
Will prescription-strength ibuprofen have expired since it was prescribed in March 2008? [more inside]
No matter how much ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen I have, it does absolutely nothing for me. No matter how much coffee I drink, I'm just as sleepy as ever. What gives? [more inside]
At what point is an adult fever too high? [more inside]
Which PainKiller is best? Aspirin, Paracetamol or Ibuprofen? [more inside]
Medical/pharm filter: Could use of NSAIDs end up looking like Crohn's or IBD? (Warning: contains potentially gross descriptions of Crohn's.) [more inside]
IANAMDFilter: My wife is in her 25th week of pregnancy and has developed costal chondritis -- that is, her last rib on the righthand side is being displaced a little bit by her uterus, making it inflamed, swollen and very tender. It was recommended to her by an OB doctor at her clinic that she take 600mg of ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory) every six hours for a few days, and to repeat this if the pain returned. Wanting a second opinion, another doctor at the same clinic said this would be OK for a few weeks, but that during the third trimester, ibuprofen should not be taken because it contains prostoglandin, and during the third trimester, the baby is sufficiently developed to react to the increased prostoglandin levels, which can cause one of its heart valves to shut prematurely, resulting in, well, unpleasantness. Specifically, the second doctor said that the baby was sufficiently developed to have this reaction by week 32, and recommended taking ibuprofen no later than week 28. But my wife is a nurse from a family of nurses, and still thinks that taking a course of ibuprofen even at this stage is too much of a risk because, apparently, not a lot of research has been done with fetuses and ibuprofen. So, rather than medical advice, I'd like to ask: Does anyone have any resources they'd like to recommend that we consult? The pain is intense enough to make tasks like traveling by car or picking up our 19-month-old pretty unpleasant, so we'd like to be able to take something (besides percocet) to make things more bearable, but there's something ominous-sounding about a prematurely closed heart valve. Any pointers?