02/23/15- Paula's Eating/Exercise Journal: Thursday

by Paula (Clean Eating Expert) 24. February 2015 19:34


Several days ago we discussed the use of acetaminophen and NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti0inflammatory drug) to alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis.  We also discussed the side effects of NSAIDs which are used to manage pain and inflammation.  NSAIDs are usually the first medications used to treat all types of arthritis.  All NSAIDs work similarly: by blocking substances called prostaglandins that contribute to inflammation and pain. However, each NSAID is a different chemical, and each has a slightly different effect on the body.

Some NSAIDs are available over the counter, while more than a dozen others, including a subclass called COX-2 inhibitors, are available only with a prescription.

All NSAIDs can have significant side effects, and for unknown reasons, some people seem to respond better to one NSAID than another.  An important issue when using this class of drugs is to monitor the side effects.  The article listed below shows concerns about NSADs and increase in miscariages. http://www.cincinnati.md/oh/cincinnati/con-article/656625/side%20effect%20of%20NSAIDs/nsaids_may_raise_miscarriage_risk_study.htm

If you have a history of peptic ulcers or digestive tract bleeding, use oral corticosteroids or anticoagulants (blood thinners), smoke, or regularly use or abuse alcohol NSAIDs use needs to be closely watched.

There are measures you can take to help reduce the risk of side effects associated with NSAIDs. These include taking medications with food and avoiding stomach irritants such as alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. In some cases, it may help to take another medication along with an NSAID to coat the stomach or block stomach acids. Although these measures may help, they are not always completely effective.

NSAIDs can cause stomach irritation or, less often, they can affect kidney function. The longer a person uses NSAIDs, the more likely he or she is to have side effects, ranging from mild to serious. Many other drugs cannot be taken when a patient is being treated with NSAIDs; because NSAIDs alter the way the body uses or eliminates these other drugs. Check with your health care provider or pharmacist before you take NSAIDs. Also, NSAIDs sometimes are associated with serious gastrointestinal problems, including ulcers, bleeding, and perforation of the stomach or intestine.

NSAIDs are a very effective tool to use to reduce pain and inflammation, but you need to know the dangers, and look for any warning signs.  Use the system checker box on the homepage of www.Yourcity.MD for a complete list of issues to look out for.  Also, read the information that is given to you when you pick up your prescription and use the relationship with your pharmacist and physician to keep vigil watch.


Thursday02/23/12-Workout Diary:

Pliometrics DVD- 45 minutes

Thursday 02/23/12-Food Diary:


1 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup onions, handful organic spinach (135 cal)

Whole wheat, low- calorie, english muffin (100 cal)

A.M. Snack-

1/2 banana(45 cal)

whey protein shake (125 cal)


2 3/8 oz. Mahi mahi(60 cal)

whole wheat, low-carb tortilla, 2 tbls salsa, 2 tbls rinsed low-salt black beans (200 cal)

P.M. Snack-

1/2 cup frozen yogurt (60 cal)


4 oz sliced flank steak (290 cal)

1/3 cup whole wheat cous-cous, prune bits, basil, pine nuts, balsamic glaze (200 cal)

12 small asparagus spears(40 cal)


3 strawberries dipped in dark chocolates (140 cal)


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Comments (2) -

2/25/2015 1:54:27 AM #

Hi !   How is your back feeling from the intercostal muscle injury ?

2/26/2015 4:27:42 PM #

I'm all better now.  Thanks for asking.

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