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Do you still use painkillers such as tylenol and advil?

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Created March 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

I returned to the gym after an eight-month hiatus on Monday, and I'm STILL sore. If any of you are familiar with Body Pump, that's what I did.

Even though you stretch afterwards and I elevated my legs all Monday night, my hamstrings are absolutely stiff as a board today. I still can't do squats worth a damn, and I think that's exacerbating the problem (constantly losing my balance, my knees sound like chicken bones snapping.) They were just sore yesterday, today it is difficult to move; sitting, standing - it all aches. At least my armpits have stopped aching today.

I HAD to take some ibuprofen or I wouldn't have been able to make it to work. I don't want to make it an often thing, but what other alternatives are there for pain relief?

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on April 10, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Continued: Even if you answer "yes", and think "I'm gonna go anyway, might as well be comfortable", you're missing the fact that SOME ways of moving would be more painful than OTHERS, and nuking all the pain makes you on your own with respect to which is which. You might decide to go to work anyway, but taking the pain medication would make it really hard to know how exactly to sit etc. in order to minimize the damage. Pain is an indicator for damage; getting rid of the indicator doesn't get rid of the damage. All it does is nuke an important source of knowledge; an important SIGNAL.

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on April 10, 2011
at 07:52 PM

@Oranges13: That's your body telling you that you shouldn't move, or that you should prefer one way of moving (less painful) with another way of moving (more painful). Without the pain to indicate which is preferable, you're on your own. There's no reason you couldn't just go to work anyway. The pain is there to say, "Do you value going to move more than the potential damage you could do by not resting?"

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on April 10, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I'd never use painkillers to further exacerbate an injury, but sometimes (as when I wrote this, I had just returned to the gym and was sore sore sore) it was making daily life a bit difficult to even MOVE.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on April 08, 2011
at 11:53 PM

great advice here.....

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on April 08, 2011
at 11:51 PM

Each Fish oil 1000 mgs has the anti inflammatory efficacy of three advils......I dose escalate fish oil.....except for post op patients.

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on April 08, 2011
at 11:50 PM

i wont allow my patients to take them any longer........garbage.

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:36 PM

If you're going to turn to an anti-inflammatory, tumeric is it. There's a product called curamin that combines the compound found in tumeric with that of boswelia. Not only does it make this a superb pain reliever, it also makes it much easier on the tummy.

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on March 30, 2011
at 09:05 PM

that's rad lindsay

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on March 30, 2011
at 08:14 PM

It is such a WEIRD but GOOD hurt!

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on March 30, 2011
at 06:36 PM

I went for a short (1.6 miles) walk over lunch at work and it seemed to help a lot. Plus it kicked my hunger into gear. Didn't eat breakfast and was worried if it would arrive in time for lunch.

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on March 30, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I second the soak in epsom salts. Castor oil can help as well as ice packs. Glutamine is supposed to help with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). The magnesium in the epsom salts helps to relax muscles - couldn't hurt to take some magnesium, like Natural Calm. Another idea is to alternate hot/cold in the shower.

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on March 30, 2011
at 03:34 PM

i just got my first foam roller last week and im hardcore addicted! it works better than ANYTHING ever anywhere, but who knew my IT bands were as f'ed up as they are? ouchie! a good ouchie.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on March 30, 2011
at 03:10 PM

Love the Thermacare back wraps! They are fantastic!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Squats are my favorite! LOL. I'm a glutton for punishment. I know that feeling of not being able to sit on the toilet without holding on to something. Enjoy knowing you kicked ass. One dose of NSAIDS are not going to hurt you that much. If you are that sore again, try drinking more water, using foam rollers and some light stretching to help with the pain.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:56 PM

I was doing it for about eight months solid before I moved in August of last year, so I'm glad to be back in it. I was really surprised that I still had the ability to lift as much as I did. Squats and me just don't get along though.

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Foam rollers are awesome!

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at 02:43 PM

SPRING BREAK CANCUN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on March 30, 2011
at 02:51 PM

I've done Body Pump and love it. It's really common to be that sore after doing it for the first time or the first time in a long time. It gets better each time you do it. Keep it up! It's a great way to get in lifting heavy things in a fun way with other people. Each time you will be less sore. I actually kind of miss the sore feeling once in awhile.

I very, very rarely take any medication if I can avoid it.

I know it sounds the opposite of what you wanted to do, but some light cardio like a slow jog or a bike ride can really help with that type of muscle soreness. Cold shower instead of hot/warm too.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:56 PM

I was doing it for about eight months solid before I moved in August of last year, so I'm glad to be back in it. I was really surprised that I still had the ability to lift as much as I did. Squats and me just don't get along though.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Squats are my favorite! LOL. I'm a glutton for punishment. I know that feeling of not being able to sit on the toilet without holding on to something. Enjoy knowing you kicked ass. One dose of NSAIDS are not going to hurt you that much. If you are that sore again, try drinking more water, using foam rollers and some light stretching to help with the pain.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on March 30, 2011
at 06:36 PM

I went for a short (1.6 miles) walk over lunch at work and it seemed to help a lot. Plus it kicked my hunger into gear. Didn't eat breakfast and was worried if it would arrive in time for lunch.

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Tequila is a great bedtime painkiller.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:43 PM

SPRING BREAK CANCUN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 30, 2011
at 09:05 PM

that's rad lindsay

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I have a hot bath with epsom salts and soak for a good while (more than 20 minutes). I drink even more water than normal - and add the juice of half a lemon to every second or third glass. And I stretch, stretch, stretch - and I get back to the gym for some light cardio or go for a walk to get everyhting moving (not too strenuously though).

And as a last resort I will take ibuprofen - and usually at a half dose.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 30, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I second the soak in epsom salts. Castor oil can help as well as ice packs. Glutamine is supposed to help with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). The magnesium in the epsom salts helps to relax muscles - couldn't hurt to take some magnesium, like Natural Calm. Another idea is to alternate hot/cold in the shower.

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Try White Willow Bark

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on March 30, 2011
at 05:42 PM

Epsom salt bath with some light massage, drink some Natural Calm and then old-school Absorbine Jr. works for me.

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I recently strained a muscle in my calf and found ginger/turmeric tea to be a big help. Simmer some minced ginger root and half a teaspoon of good quality turmeric in water (or broth if you want--gelatin is purported to be good for stiffness, too) for ten minutes and drink warm. Repeat throughout the day.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on April 08, 2011
at 07:36 PM

If you're going to turn to an anti-inflammatory, tumeric is it. There's a product called curamin that combines the compound found in tumeric with that of boswelia. Not only does it make this a superb pain reliever, it also makes it much easier on the tummy.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on April 08, 2011
at 11:53 PM

great advice here.....

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:34 PM

I try to grin and bear it, but Advil is taken if the pain gets to be too much. Usually only a headache can drive me to take pain meds.

As far as exercise pains, I try to ease into the exercise to avoid most of the soreness. If I end up overdoing it , usually the best route for me is to move around more (i.e., exercise more).

I'm not familiar with Body Pump, but it sounds killer based on your soreness. Maybe for your next session, ease up a bit to avoid having to resort to ibuprofen.

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6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on April 10, 2011
at 04:54 PM

Pain killers are ridiculous.

Your body: Hey, there's something messed up in this part of your body. I suggest you avoid running for a while, and maybe some other stuff too.

You: STFU YOU PIECE OF SHIT ::slap::

The irony is you don't actually have to tell it to stfu and then slap it down in order to run anyway. All you gotta do is decide not to follow its advice. You don't tell your dad to stfu and then beat him up if you don't want to follow his advice. Why would you do that with your pain system???

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on April 10, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Continued: Even if you answer "yes", and think "I'm gonna go anyway, might as well be comfortable", you're missing the fact that SOME ways of moving would be more painful than OTHERS, and nuking all the pain makes you on your own with respect to which is which. You might decide to go to work anyway, but taking the pain medication would make it really hard to know how exactly to sit etc. in order to minimize the damage. Pain is an indicator for damage; getting rid of the indicator doesn't get rid of the damage. All it does is nuke an important source of knowledge; an important SIGNAL.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on April 10, 2011
at 07:52 PM

@Oranges13: That's your body telling you that you shouldn't move, or that you should prefer one way of moving (less painful) with another way of moving (more painful). Without the pain to indicate which is preferable, you're on your own. There's no reason you couldn't just go to work anyway. The pain is there to say, "Do you value going to move more than the potential damage you could do by not resting?"

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 10, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I'd never use painkillers to further exacerbate an injury, but sometimes (as when I wrote this, I had just returned to the gym and was sore sore sore) it was making daily life a bit difficult to even MOVE.

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1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

on March 30, 2011
at 02:28 PM

No, but I never did. I've always been really weird about NSAIDs.

I always use foam rollers after working out, and when my delayed-onset muscle soreness is really bad, I'll do an ice bath (even though I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns). I treat myself to a Thai massage from time to time to help with mobility and soreness. Sometimes after a brutal throwdown I'll rub on the Tiger Balm.

If I have a headache, I generally just sit in the dark and quiet with my eyes closed and try to relax. Maybe rub my temples a bit.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Foam rollers are awesome!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on March 30, 2011
at 03:34 PM

i just got my first foam roller last week and im hardcore addicted! it works better than ANYTHING ever anywhere, but who knew my IT bands were as f'ed up as they are? ouchie! a good ouchie.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 30, 2011
at 08:14 PM

It is such a WEIRD but GOOD hurt!

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on April 10, 2011
at 04:05 PM

I just started taking Zyflamend along with my wholemega fish oil.

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on April 10, 2011
at 01:21 PM

I don't find it necessary for muscle soreness (but I don't have soreness of the degree you are describing!) but I often take Advil for my headaches (I get migraines and tension headaches), menstrual cramps, and ovulation pain. All of these things are better on a primal diet, but they still happen, and I treat the general inflammation and pain accordingly.

I swear by Tiger Balm Red for any muscular issue. It's amazing for my headaches and neck pain too (I put it on my neck, face, temples - please understand they don't recommend using Red on your head/face, and you need you keep your eyes SHUT for an hour after trying this! It's the best relief I've ever found though). It smells very very strong of course, but it's all 'natural' ingredients.

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on April 09, 2011
at 02:00 AM

Knee pain will unfortunately drive me to take one here and there. I can't seem to kick it some weeks. It's not something I'm real proud of but it is very occasional use.

As for rolling sore muscles, huge fan. If you want true pain, go to Home Depot/Lowes and get a 4" pvc pipe. It might might you puke or cry but your muscles get worked out - a cheap massage.

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on April 08, 2011
at 11:22 PM

I have painkillers around for emergencies and in my first-aid kit that I take everywhere I travel, but I don't take them unless it's ABSOLUTELY necessary.

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:30 PM

Excedrin used to be my candy for migraines, but those went away with my dietary change. Now I just have the occasional aspirin.

I do like lavendar oil on my temples for a mild headache, and soaking in Epsom salts is great. Topical arnica seems to help me out a bit with sore spots if I get them, usually don;t anymore.

I actively avoid items with Tylenol in it.

Planning on buying a foam roller!

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:40 PM

Topicals are great- someone mentioned tiger balm. Infused oils are nice too; there's a product, I believe by Herb Pharm, called trauma oil(combines arnica, hypericum and calendula), just plain old arnica oil will help. Ice. Alternating cold and hot.

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on March 30, 2011
at 06:14 PM

If I get a migraine, nothing can come between me and my Excedrin. But now that I've cut all the processed foods and sugar out of my diet, I can't remember the last time I had one.

For menstrual cramps, if I have to go somewhere and cannot indulge in a day of loafing on the couch with a heating pad and my Netflix queue, I will take a couple Advil. No sense making everyone else suffer with my whining.

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on March 30, 2011
at 05:46 PM

I usually go years without them, but I strained my sternum/ribs recently with a workout that hurt every time I breathed and it was simply too annoying for me to be completely aware of an autonomic function all day long. It was interfering with sleep as well, so I took an advil. If I had hurt my leg or arm or something I wouldn't have taken anything, however.

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on March 30, 2011
at 03:03 PM

This happened to me 2 weeks ago when I decided to "break-in" my new Merrell barefoot shoes by doing a 5 mile hike (really smart, I know).

I took tylenol, but only Tylenol PM to help me sleep, knowing that restful sleep would help me recover. That and I was so sore that every time I turned over it was so painful that I would wake up.

I also ate a lot of lean steak, hoping that the extra protein would help with muscle recovery.
Heating pads also help. Thermacare Heat Wraps have adhesive on them so you can wear them discreetly.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on March 30, 2011
at 03:10 PM

Love the Thermacare back wraps! They are fantastic!

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