ridecamp@endurance.net: Using ibuprophen

Using ibuprophen

Rae (bolton@pbhs.brevard.k12.fl.us)
Mon, 17 Feb 1997 12:06:06 -0500

I have to comment on this one......at the FOF ride in FL I did a
fifty on my App, sweet, dependable horse----but rough as hell compared to
my arab! Anyhow, the morning of the FOF ride, I woke up with a pain in my
neck(no---not my husband) a real cramp in my neck. I took a 400mg tab of
Ibuprofen and by the time the ride started, I felt ok. As the day went on,
my neck was fine. I thought I had been drinking enough liquids, and felt
pretty good at the end of my 50miles. I took another 400mg ibuprophen just
for good measure, as I did at the end of a couple previous rides, but
didn't drink enough water with it. About 8:00pm, my back(above both
kidneys) started this dull ache, that progressively got worse and
worse----to the point I couldn't stand. We were out looking for a lost
100miler and once we found her, I went straight to the trailer to bed. I
have never hurt so bad in all my life. I forced myself to drink as much
water as I could stand and went to sleep. When I woke up I felt better.
Now this could have been my body trying to come down with the flu,
or just fatigue, or a problem with the ibuprophen. I am inclined to think
it had something to do with the ibuprophen and dehydration and my kidneys.

Anyhow, I wasn't surprised to see this item on the list about the
stress on the kidneys and don't think I will do that again during a ride,
or at least at the BEGINNING of a ride. And if I take medication, I will
drink much more water with it than I did that evening!!!
Just my .02!

>1) By far the simplest solution. but one with potential dangerous side
>effects is:
> Take ONE 200 mg ibuprophen tablet BEFORE you mount up to ride.
> That one tablet is good for the whole ride for me and I feel fine
>the next day.
>This works great to prevent pain, but the possible side effects are
>KIDNEY damage and maybe others. Eventhough this is a very low dose, I
>was not willing to take the repeated risk so I searchec for some
>alternative prevention.

Rae Bolton
3875 Toby Ave .
Valkaria, Florida 32950
E-Mail: bolton@pbhs.brevard.k12.fl.us

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