Synflex (Naproxen sodium) Tendinitus of Achilles Tendon.

by Anonymous

I am experiencing pain whilst on a week long course of Synflex.

I have received No advice other than to continue with my medication, What should I do to assist in recovery?


Joshua Answers:

Hello Anonymous.

I hate it when a doctor refuses to give follow up advice to people suffering from a physical ailment like Achilles Tendonitis.

It's not going to just go away on it's own. Doctors should know that.

Rest can take away the irritant, but the pain generally just comes back when you become active again.

Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs like Synflex (a faster acting form of Aleve) can make the pain go away for a while, but can't reverse the problem.

And the way the body heals itself in Tendonitis kind of sets itself up for a Downward Spiral.

If you don't deal with it the RIGHT way, it's not likely to get better any time soon.

I have some questions, then I'll briefly answer your question.

1. How bad is your Achilles Tendonitis?

2. Just on one leg? Or both?

3. What activities to you normally do? Do you run, walk, jog, sit on the couch?

4. How long has the pain been bothering you?

5. What started it? When did it first appear?

6. Did your lower leg pain suddenly appear, or did it start slowly and increase over time?

7. Did you doctor do anything other than listen to your complaints, look at your lower legs for a moment, then give you a prescription for anti inflammatory drugs?

(Which, by the way, is a horrible attempt at Achilles tendonitis treatment.)

You may have Achilles Tendonosis as well as Achilles Tendonitis.

Realistically there's not much difference between the two terms but it is useful to know that the tendon has a looser, softer tendon around the tendon, basically.

This can start getting insufficient blood supply for various reasons like the muscle being too tight, and start eroding, basically.

As opposed to Wrist Tendonitis, where true tendonitis is getting small rip and tear, and scar tissue laying down.

Same happens with Tendonosis and Tendonitis in the Achilles tendon, except that there's a little more to deal with.

You asked what you should do to assist with healing.

1. Answer my questions.

2. Read all the Achilles Tendonitis page and read all the appropriate links, including the page on The Pain Causing Dynamic and the page on Inflammation.

From there go to Achilles Tendonitis Treatment, and/or the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

3. Ask more questions by using the COMMENT link below, and we'll go from there.

Let's get to the bottom of this and get you out of pain.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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