My friend has some serious issues with inflammation and is in heavy use of naproxen. SHe uses that one because compared to other common pain killers, it is less problematical to her stomach. Don't bother with any sermons on the evils of grain as I have already tried that and she is unwilling to give them up. She feels that her stomach is unable to properly digest meat and so she cannot give up the grains. Of course, I have diff opinions on proper course of action but she is not going to listen. So as far as I can see, treating the actual likely cause of her slowly worsening prob will not happen at this time due to her attitude about diet.
However, on a more specific note, she wishes to get off of heavy painkiller use, which right now is naproxen. Her pain is caused by some kind of joint pain issue for which the doctors can't give an explanation, but they say it is not arthritis and may at least partly have something to do with crystals building up in the muscles. The problem is in many of her joint areas, shoulders and fingers being the worst. Not surprisingly, she also has poor intestinal health, probs with constipation, and probs with intestinal pain that preceded the use of the painkillers. Of course, what she wants is a magic pill that will fix everything. What she is currently trying is some herbs to take the place of naproxen. Any suggestions? I try not to take pain killers myself but am curious myself if there are any herbs out there that might be useful for things like headache or menstrual cramp or other common causes of pain.