Five or six years ago, I used to take one or two Ibuprofen pills (Advil) every time I played tennis. Just from working hard on the court the day before, I was somewhat sore; so I took a pain pill.
I would say it was not an addiction, but more of a habit.
DeDe suggested it was not a good idea; so I stopped. And I felt NO WORSE than when I was taking the daily pills.
So, When To Take a Pain Pill?
In my opinion, feeling and playing with some pain is an OK thing. In most cases, it is just a natural soreness – which is a POSITIVE indication that you had a good workout the day before. So I take NO pill for that.
But if the pain will inhibit my performance on the court, then I might take something to smooth it over and allow myself to move freer and better. But if the pain is an indication of a small or potentially growing injury, then taking a pill may just mask the body’s warning; so there are three choices:
• Take the maximum dose of the medication (I believe that is two Aleves in the morning and then again at night) to serve as an anti-inflammatory medication (if that is what the problem is).
• Or, take the pills AND take time off from tennis (always tough for me to follow my own advice on that one!)
• Or, take NO pills but just the time off.
What do you think? (Especially if you have any real knowledge, compared to my “considered opinions”!)
What Addiction Is … and Isn’t
According to WebMD.com, Addiction is far more than a craving. It also means there are troubling consequences that can often disrupt someone’s personal life or job.
“Addiction means the individual has lost control over the use of the drug. They’re using it compulsively, there are consequences to using the drug, and they continue to use it anyway,” says Gary Reisfield, MD. He’s a chronic pain and addiction specialist at the University of Florida.
Tolerance and dependence are not the same as addiction.
Tolerance is common in people using opioids (such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine) for chronic pain. It means the body has become used to the drug, and it has less effect at a given dose, Reisfield says. Dependence means that there are unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if a person abruptly stops taking a drug.
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