I’ll start with my ignorance and then continue in the same vein.
Firstly, is Ibuprofen the same as Nurofen & Naproxen? I’m assuming that it is.
I hardly ever take these NSAIDs for PsA-related things these days. However I’ve taken the occasional one or two very infrequently over the years for hangovers, toothache etc. Every single time I’ve taken this drug I’ve felt not just better symptom-wise, but much easier in myself, less angst, more centred (I sound like a hippie).
I’ve been having electric shock sensations in my foot for a few nights, then most of my left foot got hot and sore. So I took 2 Nurofen. I don’t always find that it works well for nerve pain, but anyway the shock sensations have gone, for whatever reason, and my foot is back to normal.
But what interests me is that I am so much more relaxed. Not zonked, just relaxed. I’m a happy-ish person but kind of highly strung I guess, I’m used to fighting off a bit of depressiveness and succeeding, but it’s an ongoing battle. Yet, once again, the Nurofen, just two tablets, has given me a reprieve from this tension and so far that nice, level feeling has lasted 24 hours.
My theory (for now) is that inflammation, the same inflammation that would seem to be fairly well-controlled by Mtx and Imraldi, somehow lingers still and affects me psychologically and that NSAIDs take the edge off.
I did a quick google and saw hypothesising about NSAIDs being useful in treating depression. I am open to the idea that inflammation affects my whole being. It’s a bit of a mind-blowing concept.
I’m trying to make a joke of this but I’m deadly serious … does my life have to be such a battle, one to which, admittedly I am quite well-adjusted, or should I just take NSAIDs? I am wondering (just wondering) what a very safe dose would be over time, if there is one.
And does anyone else have similar experiences with these drugs?
(And yes, I will be asking my rheumy about this).