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Old 12-23-2013, 08:45 PM
 
Location: California
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My wife is an avid taker of Ibuprofen when ever there is an injury, back ache, etc. This has been going on for 10 plus years.

More recently she told me that she read too much is bad for you, so refuses to take it 100%.
Last week she slipped up and told me her doctor said not to take it, after an exam.
When I asked her about it, she brushed it off. Sadly for her, I know her obvious tells and I feel like she is hiding something from me. What could it be?

First thought is a kidney issue. Aside that I am lost. She is also the type to ignore health problems and pretend they will go away. Especially if they are big.

Thank you
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Taking ibuprofen long-term can be bad for your kidneys but also for your heart. It can also cause stomach problems.

Your wife might not have any of these problems. Maybe the doctor tells all of his patients not to take ibuprofen.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Kidneys, stroke, MI, GI bleed...no one should use these things unless totally necessary.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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The National Kidney Foundation warns that ibuprofen is not recommended for patents with decreased kidney function

Read more: Ibuprofen Side Effects On Kidneys | LIVESTRONG.COM
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:52 PM
 
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It's probably her kidneys. Not good. Tell her you're worried, and that you would feel better if she'd just tell you the truth. This is why you're married.
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Old 12-24-2013, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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It's not probably her kidneys. After she read the article, she may have decided that she was no longer going to use Ibuprofen and is using the doctor excuse to justify her decision. If doc thought that she had a problem with her heart or kidneys, s/he'd be sending her for a slew of tests.
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Ibuprofen (and Aleve) can both cause stomach ulcers if taken long enough. I got an ulcer after taking Aleve for only two weeks.
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:47 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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It is one of the drugs that you cannot take with a blood thinner. Otherwise, it is no more harmful than any other NSAID.
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:59 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I have ulcers from taking it... =/
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I was diagnosed with Barretts Esophagas, a pre cancer condition, and I know it was from so much Advil. I have arthritis and Advil worked really well for me, until I was told to use tylenol only to heal the esophagas ulcers and stomach irritations. I have gotten off Advil, and only use acetominophen but its not as good and doesn't help with inflammation at all. So its either this, or that.
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