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Is It OK To Take A Pain Reliever Before Going To The Gym, In Order To Pre-empt Pain?

Posted 04/26/2013 | By HealthCorps

If you’re working out hard enough to feel pain during or immediately after your workout, you might want to re-think your exercise regimen.  Mild to moderate soreness 24 to 48 hours after exercising is considered a normal muscle response.  Significant pain experienced during or right after completing your exercise regimen, is not the goal.  If you do have an injury, and are using pain medication to make your exercise routine manageable, then you may be risking further injury by temporarily masking the pain.

Here’s another reason to deter use of pain medications before a workout.  A study out of the Netherlands reported in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, suggests that use of the most common pain medication, an NSAID (like ibuprofen or brand name Motrin), could cause intestinal damage.

Ongoing and regular use of pain medication before exercise could result in accumulated intestinal damage, which could lead to a risk of bacteria seeping from your intestines into the bloodstream, causing serious health consequences.

So reconsider the notion that heading off pain before it happens will somehow enhance your workout.  It is more likely to put you at risk for serious health complications.

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