If you are a senior tennis player, odds are you take some anti-inflammatory and/or pain killers on a regular basis. But what is the right pill for the problem?
A few years back, I had some severe tennis elbow pain; and of course, rather than taking time off from playing to let it heal, I took Ibuprofen before and iced it after. My self-dosage of the pills got up to what I believe is the maximum dose of four pills taken four times a day (16 pills a day!).
While it controlled the pain and allowed me to continue playing, I eventually started getting stomach pains and quit.
I was generally “pill-free” for a couple of years, till last year’s shoulder problem (caused by the Luxilon strings). For that, the doctor suggested I take Aleve/Naproxen; because they last 12 hours: one (maximum two) pill in the morning WITH FOOD, and one (maximum two) with dinner.
And now, for some hip pain and general muscle soreness, I take one Aleve/Naproxen in the morning and one at night.
The question is: what is the best pill for the most common ailments?
What if you have inflammation with some kind of wrist, elbow, or shoulder tendonitis… what should you take in what dosage?
Or, what if you just have regular joint (arthritis) or muscle pain from overuse… what pill and dosage is right for that?