I’m one of many afflicted with Ostereoarthritis, which is absolutely no fun at all. In fact, it’s dehabilitating, and it’s painful. For me it all began a couple of years ago when I injured my knees while moving furniture on my own. They hurt like heck. Just as they were showing signs of some improvement, I made the colossal mistake of not paying close attention when I stepped up into my living room on the wrong leg and without proper support. My injury worsened big time. It was so bad that it not just hurt when I was moving, but even when I was trying to sleep. There was no peace from the agony at all.
Eventually, I was diagnosed with Ostereoarthritis and was given a prescription for the drug, Naproxen. This medication helps reduce the inflammation which lessens the pain. I have to say that it’s made a gigantic difference in my life. The pain is still there and my limitations exist, but before my doctor gave me Naproxen, I was immobile and in utter agony. At least now I can have some movement without wanting to cry. Before, every step was a nightmare. Now it’s tolerable to a certain extent.
Naproxen is not a miracle cure, nor is it without its risks. I actually am very careful about how much I take, but I do need it because it works. In fact, having gone from excruciating pain to what I have now is like a miracle for me. Originally, I took two pills of 500mg a day, one in the morning and one at night. Keep in mind, I actually don’t like medication and am in no way a pill popper. In fact, the truth is that I have a hard time swallowing. Think of me like a dog who has to have her pills in a hot dog. That’s me. Fortunately, these pills go right down. Fortunately, they are supposed to be taken with food, too.
Naproxen has my vote as a proven help with inflammation and pain, and, knock on wood, I haven’t had any side effects from taking it, either.