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Can I take ibuprofen if I have gastritis caused by PA?

I am having a painful reoccurrence of sciatica and wonderedf if it is ok to take ibuprofen short term. I know it can cause gastritis but my gastritis is related to Pernicious Aneamia. If I can't take it orally, would ibuprofen gel be ok? Any advice much appreciated. Many thanks.

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Hi Agapanthus1, not sure you should take oral anti inflammatory meds not likely to be good for you. I took quite a lot before back surgery and because I had investigations for PA ie : cameras both ends they found some small ulcers in the colon due to ibuprofen. So I just use voltorol gel when required.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. That is interesting to know. Best wishes 😊

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Didn't know that. Thanks so much 😊

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Have you spoken to your GP about pain relief and did they make any suggestions.

If you have and they haven't come up with anything useful then try speaking to a pharmacist - they may have some ideas about appropriate pain relief in your situation.

Might also be worth looking into a chiropractor or a physiotherapist as the right exercises and alignment of muscles and bones may help in clearing the pinched nerve.

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My GP is useless - I am seeing a gastro specialist but not until Aug. That's a great idea about the pharmacist though, I didn't think of that!

I have seen a physio in the past and had acupuncture and that was very helpful. We can self refer in my area so I will do that if it persists.

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply. 😊💐

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Pleased to read you have had acupuncture in the past, I was going to suggest you tried it ,My GP gave it to me for sciatica some time back and it really helped, hope you get rid of it quickly I know it can be really painful.

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Thanks so much. Really pleased to hear it helped you too! 😊X

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