My boyfriend is currently awaiting foot surgery to repair a torn peroneal tendon. He has been in pain for several months due to this injury and, as a result, has been taking pain relievers (mainly products containing ibuprofen and/or naproxen) on a fairly regular basis. I am aware that such medications can cause stomach bleeding. While my boyfriend does not have this problem (as far as I know), he has lately complained of repeat heartburn and indigestion. Since he did not suffer from indigestion symptoms prior to taking pain relievers on a daily basis, I am inclined to think these are the culprits making the heartburn come back over and over. Is this possible? Can prolonged use of pain relievers cause symptoms of indigestion and heartburn? If so, what can be done to relieve it? Any advice will help.
Ibuprofen increases the acid in the stomach, which is why bleeding can occur, as far as I know. This being the case, it could cause heartburn as well. I know I can't take more than 2 ibuprofen in a single day without my acid reflux flaring up like crazy, and taking two a day for more than one day will wreck my stomach for a week or two.
I can't take NSAIDS by mouth either anymore, it causes my stomach horrible pain and heart burn. Mobic is not more easy on the stomach than ibuprofen from my experience. The only NSAIDS I can tolerate are injectable ones.
If he can get along without the NSAID his stomach will probably recover on it's own. They are pain killers and cover up pain even when causing some pain. When I stopped NSAIDS I was very surprised to find out how much my stomach hurt since I the pain medication had left my system.