I've been told that my liver and stomach are suffering after more than a year of painkiller use, particularly ibuprofen and paracetamol based drugs, even with stomach protectors. My consultant surgeon recommends cutting out all medication for at least a month, but I've done it for two days and the pain is unbearable.
I have alternative oral medication like tramadol and naproxen, but it seems they can be just as bad. Does anyone know if there are safe medications to take? Or whether something like injectable diclofenac (or similar) will still be metabolised by my liver, even though it bypasses the stomach and GI tract? (Also, whether UK (NHS) GPs are willing to prescribe it...?)
If it adds more insight, my conditions are: genetic early onset degenerative disc disease (I'm 26), lumbar facet joint syndrome, prolapsed discs recovering from annular tears, sciatica, and to top it off the extra pain of it being my time of the month right now.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!