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I am feeling fine except that my lower left side muscle area of my back aches enough to take advil. Am I having a heart attack?

I am feeling fine except that my lower left side muscle area of my back aches enough to take advil. Am I having a heart attack?

Unusual location: The lower left back is an unusual location to have pain from a myocardial infarction (heart attack). However, that doesn't mean that something is not wrong - pain is usually a warning sign. If you've not had any trauma, then I suppose muscle strains or back injury is out the question. The colon (colitis) or kidneys (ureter infection/stone) or even AAA (aneurysm) can cause it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Severe pain in back. Some pain and tightness in chest and shoulder pain. Took Advil (ibuprofen) and pain has subsided. Could this be a heart attack??

Severe pain in back. Some pain and tightness in chest and shoulder pain. Took Advil (ibuprofen) and pain has subsided. Could this be a heart attack??

Maybe not: If the advil (ibuprofen) improved your pain it is most likely some sort of inflammation or muscles or bone contusion. Unlikely advil (ibuprofen) would improve pain from a heart attack. Also your age of 33 and a female would make it highly unlikely that you are having a heart attack. ...Read more

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I take Advil (ibuprofen) for period cramps, but have read reports of OTC NSAIDS raising risk of heart attack/stroke even in small doses. Any safer options?

I take Advil (ibuprofen) for period cramps, but have read reports of OTC NSAIDS raising risk of heart attack/stroke even in small doses. Any safer options?

Many options: You could schedule a visit with an Obgyn and discuss all the options for painful periods. You could consider birth control pills, patch, Nuvaring, Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD, Depoprovera, Lysteda. If you are doing having children you could consider an endometrial ablation or other surgical options. ...Read more

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FDA recently stated non-aspirin NSAID can increase risk of heart attack and stroke. As a user of Advil, (ibuprofen) I take 400mg a few times a week or less for headache, some weeks not at all. Should I worry?

FDA recently stated non-aspirin NSAID can increase risk of heart attack and stroke. As a user of Advil, (ibuprofen) I take 400mg a few times a week or less for headache, some weeks not at all. Should I worry?

NSAIDS: NSAIDS are associated with such side effects. In your case, you are young and NSAIDs may not cause heart attack or stroke at this stage. People with underlying atherosclerosis and with plaque formation in their arteries are at higher risk. If you can avoid, that is preferable as Routine use of NSAIDS may contribute to gastritis, peptic ulcer, kidney damage etc. ...Read more

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Does ibuprofen make you clot more? Asking because the news says it can cause heart attack and stroke.

Does ibuprofen make you clot more? Asking because the news says it can cause heart attack and stroke.

Ibuprofen: This agent may make some people clot more. For most people it doesn't but as there isn't an easy way to predict who will have this effect. The recent AHA warning on NSAIDs reflect this caution. ...Read more

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If someone takes motrin, Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) can she have a heart attack ?

If someone takes motrin, Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) can she have a heart attack ?

NSAIDs: Like advil or aleve or celebrex, etc can cause platelet aggregation and have despite low, the propensity to cause heart attack or stroke. Who are at more risk are the ones who need Aspirin for protection who have preexisting risk. These medicines counteract the protective effect of aspirin. Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not belong to this class. ...Read more

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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more