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I'm an older golfer. Injured my knee so I take 100 mgs junior motrin before a round, sometimes, and i can go around pain free like i'm 18 again. I'm sort of leery of meds and side effects but i'm told such a low dose causes no problems. 

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7 hours ago, mike smith said:

i'm told such a low dose causes no problems. 

This isn't true. However if you gain relief from that dose that's fine. That's 1/2 the minimum dose we normally give for adults. The maximum dose we prescribe is 800mg 3X/day: 2400mg. Higher doses can cause kidney issues, stomach issues as well as long term use of any dose. So if you're taking 100mg every day it's not a good idea. If you only take it occasionally you can certainly take a higher dose than what you do safely. Oh, I'm a physician so I'm not just rambling on here....lol. Cheers.

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1 hour ago, mike smith said:

Thanks for the info. I'm about once a week with the 100 mgs, sometimes less.

You’re just fine then.

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My doctor has me taking a full aspirin each day because of my family history and my high triglycerides.    I don't take motrin, or ibuprofen very often but I sure did yesterday before and after playing hockey.     

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On 3/27/2008 at 12:30 PM, cmarkmyers said:

Advil works wonders for me. It is the only over the counter medicine that helps my back, and I have frequent back pain.

Advil is Ibuprofen, so I buy Ibuprofen.  I consider it to be a miracle drug.  Many times I would tweak my back or pull a muscle while I'm playing golf and if I take the ibuprofen it works like a miracle.  I always have a bottle of ibuprofen in my bag just in case. Luckily I haven't needed it in quite a while.

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This is a great topic.

I try to stay away from any pain relief meds. They just hide the problem and there are side effects with all of them. If I'm hurting, I want to feel the pain - not mask it. I will take an Aleve after a round, if I need it, to 'recover'.

My lower back hurts and my left knee seems to be 'blown out'. I will take some time away from the course, rather than load up on pain killers and play tomorrow. Playing with an injury will just make the pain worse - in the long run.

I'm looking forward to playing again in '19.

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20 hours ago, CCC said:

I try to stay away from any pain relief meds. They just hide the problem and

This isn’t always the case. Many, many times the cause of pain is inflammation. Now a small amount of this is necessary in the healing process but just like fever it has to be tamed at times. If your elbow for example is sore after a round it’s very often just inflammation and NSAIDS are actually fixing the problem. Tylenol (acetaminophen) has no anti-inflammation component. It’s strictly a pain reliever/fever reducing agent. 

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I do take Aleve when I have inflammation or soreness from OA in my knees and toe, but I tend to use mostly ice. I tend to avoid ibuproben and definitely do not exceed the recommended dosage. NSAIDs can do damage to the kidneys if overused and Tylenol can impact the liver.

Ice is a really good reliever of pain and inflammation. 

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On 12/19/2018 at 9:16 PM, Vinsk said:

This isn’t always the case. Many, many times the cause of pain is inflammation. Now a small amount of this is necessary in the healing process but just like fever it has to be tamed at times. If your elbow for example is sore after a round it’s very often just inflammation and NSAIDS are actually fixing the problem. Tylenol (acetaminophen) has no anti-inflammation component. It’s strictly a pain reliever/fever reducing agent. 

And sometimes the cause of pain is being 66 years old with an ACL reconstructed knee. And having played a ton of baseball, basketball, football, and just about every other kind of ball for many years. I used to take Advil (ibuprofen), but have found that Aleve (naproxen sodium) works just a little bit better. 

I've also found that coming off the course and sitting in an air conditioned lounge, with the rapid cool down that occurs, would cause my knees to just scream! I'd rather sit outside in the shade and cool down more slowly. 

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