Body aches

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:47 pm
Most general body aches can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication such as aspirin or aspirin substitutes. Acetaminophen (a-CEE-ta-MIN-a-fen) products can help relieve the pain of a bruise, injury, or sore muscle, and can also reduce fever. Such products are relatively gentle to the stomach. Aspirin and ibuprofen (eye-byoo-PRO-fen) products are anti-inflammatory and can be used to relieve an ache accompanied by swelling, or ease arthritis pain. Both of these products, however, can irritate the stomach if taken frequently. You should also be aware that many over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers may have an interaction with alcohol consumption, leading to potential stomach and liver problems. If you consume three or more drinks a day, ask a doctor for advice on pain relief. In addition to oral medication, body aches can also be relieved by massage, heat, or ice. Gentle use of a sore joint or muscle will increase circulation, but note that overuse can cause even more discomfort. If a body ache persists for more than a few days, you may need medical attention. For more information about relieving aches and pains, consult a doctor.

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