Negative Reactions To Analgesics
bkelley416 posted:
I experience frequent headaches and the occasional migraine, had the problem as long as I can remember. I also suffer from sciatica and take pain relievers for it on occasion. I usually just take it easy and let the headaches pass, but sometimes that isn't enough and I'll have to take some OTC ibuprofen, aspirin, or Excedrin. I usually take around 800mg of ibuprofen, 500-600mg of aspirin or two Excedrin. I'm a pretty big guy at 6'5" 270lbs, so I usually take extra than the normal dosage. Problem is, within the past month or so I have not been able to take any analgesics without becoming sick. I begin to feel nauseous and feel the need to vomit, but don't. The first time I thought it was just because I had an empty stomach, so I made sure to eat a full meal before taking anything again. Same thing happened. I lowered the dose, same thing happens. It's really becoming a problem as not only do I get sick from it, but it also does nothing for my headache and back pains.

I'm scheduling an appoint with my physician but I figured I'd see if I could get any help here.
allie_bf responded:
If you are taking all of these together it makes it harder to isolate which remedy is causing you the most difficulty. Also, even given your body size, if you take average to large doses of aspirin and ibuprofen or another non-steroidal together regularly, you are setting yourself up for some gastrointestinal unpleasantness. You may want to try single ingredient analgesics for a while,and even switch brands around, to see which analgesic you can best tolerate. Everyone has formulas that work better, and worse, for them. When you get to that appointment with your doctor consider asking about other medications that can help you minize the need for the analgesics that are bothering you now.
bkelley416 replied to allie_bf's response:
I don't take the drugs in combination, it's one or the other. If it's just a headache I'll take some aspirin, if it's back pain I'll take some ibuprofen, migraine I'll take some Excedrin. Also, I only take the drugs when relaxing myself doesn't help the headache subside or when stretching isn't enough to relieve the sciatica. I try to limit drug consumption as much as possible. Looking back, I made myself sound like I take pills all the time. It's quite opposite, I take them very rarely. I'm just wondering why I'm getting sick from the drugs all of the sudden. Never had this problem before.
carpetcrawler5 responded:
If you get a lot of headaches and migraines, I wouldn't take any of those types of drugs because they can give you headaches when they wear off. But for your Scatica you probably have to take pain relievers sometimes. I agree those meds you take can give you gastritis if taken over a long period of time.

Have you ever taken Lyrica or Neurontin for your leg pain? Also there are other meds for migraines that don't involve pain relievers such as Imitrex. If you feel a mig coming on try drinking coffee instead of Excedrin because it won't give you the stomach pain.
carpetcrawler5 replied to carpetcrawler5's response:
Also forgot to mention that eventually you may have to see a neurologist if your GP can't help you.
bkelley416 replied to carpetcrawler5's response:
I've been to the neurologist before, that's how I found out about the sciatica. My mom had several benign tumors removed some years back, one of which is still partially attached to her spinal cord. I went and saw him for back pain to rule out any tumors. Daily stretching usually helps but sometimes I have to take some inflammatory drug after playing basketball, lifting weights or any other strenuous activities. I'm a very active and healthy person and I have a good understanding of my physical state as far as the sciatica goes, I was just wondering what the deal is with the sudden nausea from the drugs.