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Noclevername
2012-Jul-14, 10:55 PM
I recently switched doctors (my former doc became a missionary in Belize, no joke) and the new Dr. took me off my twice daily Naproxen, which I took for my plantar fasciitis. Turns out it has longterm side effects, like heart and stomach problems. So now I get to experience the joy of pain all over again (including all the headaches and body aches that I had forgotten about).

The good news is that I may soon be able to stop taking meds for heart and stomach problems.

Swift
2012-Jul-14, 11:17 PM
Sorry about the pain. I do hope the benefits outweigh the costs. As someone who takes a mere 17 pills a day, I can appreciate it.

Noclevername
2012-Jul-14, 11:34 PM
Thanks, Swift.

Trebuchet
2012-Jul-14, 11:44 PM
As someone who's had plantar fasciitis, I feel your pain. The first step out of bed in the morning was torture. The doc recommended OTC orthotics for my shoes and that worked; I've been careful ever since to get shoes with good arch support. Have you been that route?

Were you taking prescription naproxen, or the lower dose OTC stuff? I was prescribed the prescription type for a while after an injury but discovered it didn't actually last for twelve hours. Taking the OTC ones three times a day worked better and was a slightly lower total dosage. I was annoyed when I couldn't get the doc to understand the concept of that.

Noclevername
2012-Jul-15, 12:27 AM
Perscription, 500mg x2 per day. When I was briefly between primary care doctors I was unable to get perscription and went with OTC allieve (250 mg x4 per day), and it worked about the same.

ADDED: I've been given a set of foot exercises and have an appointment with a foot specialist.

mike alexander
2012-Jul-15, 04:36 PM
Disclaimer: I never give medical advice.

But still I persist in wondering why both laymen and some physicians think there is a difference between a 1 x 800 mg dose and a 4 X 200 mg dose.

Paul Beardsley
2012-Jul-15, 04:40 PM
Does it affect the speed at which it is absorbed by the body?

R.A.F.
2012-Jul-15, 05:17 PM
Down to a mere 20 pills a day now.


As someone who takes a mere 17 pills a day...


I know this won't be of any "help", but you've made me appreciate only having to take 6 pills a day...and 3 of those are diatary suppliments.



On a related note...how do you all take pills...one at a time, or all at once? (no, I don't expect anyone to be takeing 10+ pills at the same time. :))

Personally, I have a slight aversion to pills, so my solution is to get it over with as fast as possible...all at once.

Nick Theodorakis
2012-Jul-15, 05:31 PM
Disclaimer: I never give medical advice.

But still I persist in wondering why both laymen and some physicians think there is a difference between a 1 x 800 mg dose and a 4 X 200 mg dose.

If somebody has good prescription medicine coverage from their insurance, it may cost them less out of pocket to get one 800 mg prescription does than it does to take 2x400 mg OTC dose.

Nick

Noclevername
2012-Jul-15, 07:29 PM
On a related note...how do you all take pills...one at a time, or all at once? (no, I don't expect anyone to be takeing 10+ pills at the same time. :))

Personally, I have a slight aversion to pills, so my solution is to get it over with as fast as possible...all at once.

One handful in the morning, and one handful in the evening. With lots of water.

R.A.F.
2012-Jul-15, 08:04 PM
One handful in the morning, and one handful in the evening. With lots of water.


Sounds like the only difference between the 2 of us is 50% less "gulping".

Swift
2012-Jul-15, 10:55 PM
One handful in the morning, and one handful in the evening. With lots of water.
I usually do 5 or 6 at a time, though I don't need a lot of water. And I can dry swallow gel or coated pills if I need to, though then, 1 at a time.

Tinaa
2012-Jul-16, 12:11 AM
I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot. Ice and the exercises have helped. Stretching my foot before I get out of bed is the trick. I rarely take any pain relievers. Not sure why. I probably would feel better.

After my kidneys failed I was taking mega pills but I am only down to one! If I can ever lose the rest of the weight it will be none.

Nick Theodorakis
2012-Jul-16, 01:13 AM
My girlfriend has an occasional mild flair up of plantar fasciitis. Sometimes she will ice and massage it simultaneously by rolling a can of frozen orange juice concentrate on the floor with her foot.

Nick

Noclevername
2012-Jul-16, 03:13 AM
Mmm, fresh-stomped orange juice!

...Why do I suddenly have an I Love Lucy episode in mind?

Gillianren
2012-Jul-16, 03:16 AM
I'm down to one plus two calcium chews except as-needed pain killers. There are, it seems, some advantages to being treatment resistant.

HenrikOlsen
2012-Jul-16, 08:26 AM
Disclaimer: I never give medical advice.

But still I persist in wondering why both laymen and some physicians think there is a difference between a 1 x 800 mg dose and a 4 X 200 mg dose.
In some cases one of them is slow-release and it's actually quite relevant to know which is which as that definitely makes a difference.

There's also for the same release speed quite a large difference between one 800mg once a day and 200mg taken 4 times a day in variation of concentration in the body over time.

NEOWatcher
2012-Jul-16, 06:32 PM
After my kidneys failed I was taking mega pills but I am only down to one! If I can ever lose the rest of the weight it will be none.
Did they resume function?
After transplant, I'm down to a mere 27 pills a day. Down from 42.
Breakfast and late evening snack.

Tinaa
2012-Jul-17, 12:55 AM
Yes after the nephrostomy tubes drained 30 lbs of fluid and stents were inserted into my ureters, my kidneys started right up. The doctors were amazed. I have idiopathic retro-peritoneal fibrosis, an probable autoimmune disease (No one really knows what it is. It is one of those rare diseases where most treatment is still experimental.). I had laposcopic bilateral uterolysis and have been fine since. And yes, I have been very lucky. Many people lose function of their kidney(s).

Noclevername
2012-Jul-17, 01:03 AM
Sounds like the only difference between the 2 of us is 50% less "gulping".

That, and playing Wheel Of Side-Effects.

Gillianren
2012-Jul-17, 01:42 AM
Ooo! I love that game!

Oh, wait. No. No, I got that confused with "hate with the fire of a thousand suns." My mistake. Carry on!

DoggerDan
2012-Jul-21, 06:26 AM
I had plantar fasciitis off and on for years. It disappeared the same year I quit drinking diet soft drinks (aspartame). I'm aware of the controversy, the FDA approval, etc. Still, about two years after it disappeared, I switched jobs, starting slamming the diet drinks again, and it returned. I quit them a second time, for good, and it hasn't returned.

A lot of other aches and pains disappeared when I quit the diet stuff, so I'm sold.