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Ibuprofen Alternative

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

The wife suffered a recent neck injury and she's anti-ibuprofen so her ortho suggested Voltaren gel, which is applied externally to the sore spot.

Is this a good alternative or are there other options out there for someone with acute pain/stiffness.

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If it's the liver she's worried about, most analgesics are out the window. Opioids probably have the least effect, liver-wise and possibly even for the digestive system (if you can keep the potential constipation under control) but have a whole host of their own side effects, can be highly addictive, and so are unsuitable for many long-term uses. Pretty much any pill/medicine is "unnatural." She should try meditation, accupuncture/accupressure therapy, or just stop being a purist and accept that all methods of chemical pain relief will affect the body negatively in some way or other.

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She's read that it has adverse affects on the liver. She's kind of a purist and tried to avoid taking anything that's not natural. Once the neck starts hurting the purist goes out the window.

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It would help if you told us why she's anti-ibuprofen.

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on February 15, 2013
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Agree with Luckie's suggestions. Your wife could try curcumin for pain relief if she wants something natural. I tried it for migraines with only some relief but she may have a better response. Also, accupressure is fantastic. I've had a really good result with it for a stiff neck that aspirin (which I practically overdosed on) didn't even touch. Heat packs may additionally bring some relief. Good luck.

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325 mg aspirin taken w/ 500 mg of vitamin K

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