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    Old 12-13-2018, 05:24 PM   #1
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    Why do "anti-inflammatories" make me MORE achy/sore?

    I've tried various supplements -- such as curcumin, turmeric, fish oil, various "joint formulas," etc. -- that are supposed to help with the aches and pains that seem to increase by the day. (I'm 50 y/o.) I can swear that, soon after taking the stuff, I have MORE aches and pains! (Same thing happened after taking Ibuprofen.) Any ideas why? More importantly, any ideas on what may actually help? Since it's the "anti-inflammatories" that do it, perhaps I need to find something that's supposed to increase inflammation?

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    Old 12-14-2018, 07:13 AM   #2
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    Re: Why do "anti-inflammatories" make me MORE achy/sore?

    The most important thing to consider is your overall lifestyle and I don't know what that is. You may be doing something harmful that has the effect of counteracting whatever good you are doing with supplements.

    If you're taking a lot of different things at one time, I don't know what effect that will have. Perhaps too many anti-inflammatories may have the opposite effect? Or perhaps you may be allergic to one of them. In that case it may be best to try one at a time. Then if it doesn't work or has a worsening effect, you can stop taking it and try something else.

    Another consideration is that there are some harmful foods that can cancel out any potential benefits that you may get from the anti-inflammatories. Sugar is the worst offender; not sugar from fruit but sugars that are typically added to processed foods. Also harmful: Baked goods made with white flour. This means you shouldn't be eating things like pancakes with syrup, cake, pie, pastries, soda, and many other items that include white flour and sugar.

    Alcohol is something I would avoid too.

    Having a high percentage of body fat can cause inflammation. In that case it will likely be very helpful to lose the excess body fat.

    You should get moderate exercise like walking but don't overdo whatever exercise you choose.

    Be sure to avoid stress and get a good nights' sleep. Stress and lack of sleep can be harmful to your health and wellness.

    The bottom line is that you need to look at everything that's going on in your life and don't just focus on supplements. Supplements are not meant to be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.

    What may actually help? Eat lots of fresh fruit, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Include plenty of dark leafy greens because that's the best way to get useable calcium that you need for your joints. And avoid processed foods as much as possible.

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    Old 12-14-2018, 12:51 PM   #3
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    Re: Why do "anti-inflammatories" make me MORE achy/sore?

    You definitely do not want to take an inflammatory!

    I have an inflammatory condition and honestly have never had any luck with herbs or supplements myself; however there are several different OTC remedies besides Ibuprofin which work to reduce inflammation. For some people, one might work better than the other. Ibuprofen does nothing for me unless it is prescription strength.

    Your doctor can also give you prescription strength anti-inflammatorys. I am not sure what you are treating, but life style and diet have everything to do with inflammation in the body unless you have a disease.
    Look out for "nightshade" vegetables; tomatoes, eggplant, anything which grows at night, these are all inflammatory. Alcohol, smoking and body fat can also cause an increase in inflammatory conditions.

    Have you seen your doctor about this?
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    Old 12-14-2018, 01:49 PM   #4
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    Re: Why do "anti-inflammatories" make me MORE achy/sore?

    Dear pakcyclist,

    Look up the side effects of each substance. They all have side effects. Also they are for increasing general health, and do not work like medications.

    And, consider that your aches and pains may be from combining supplements, or from a need for more activity or a need for stretches. It might not be related to the supplements at all.
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