Synflex (Naproxen sodium) Tendinitus of Achilles Tendon.

by Anonymous

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.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

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

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Oct 10, 2017
using Voltaren medication cream on tendonitis
by: Anonymous

So parallel to healing the injury through ice ,is it ok and will not cause any damage,if i use creams like voltaren for instance?

thank you


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

I don't know that Voltaren would be damaging (other than it's known side effects) but it does't do anything that helps to fix the problem.

Oct 15, 2017
healing method
by: Shean

OK thank you for the information.

I do have another question if that is ok with you about the method of healing tendon's inflammation with ice: if ice squeezes the muscle to get the "trash" out, then isn't hot water will do the same just the opposite? they will open the muscle up so that the "trash" will have room to get out?

thank you!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Shean.

Yes and no.

Ice shunts fluid out, and then when you remove the cold, the brain tells new blood to go there to warm it up.

If you just use heat, new blood goes to the heated area. Feels good, good things happen.

But if there's inflammation process there, part of the mechanism of inflammation is that it traps fluid in the area, turns the lymphatic system down/off to whatever degree.

Oct 16, 2017
by: Shean

Sorry i am still having touble understanding,if it is too complicated to write i will understand,but i will try anyway: if there is fluid trapped in the area then heat will open everything up and new blood will come in, what does the Lymphatic system
has to do with it?

thank you !!


Joshua Comments:

The lymphatic system has to do with it, in that, when there is inflammation process present, the inflammation process turns off/down the lymphatic system, which is responsible for pretty much 100% of inter-tissue fluid returning to the blood system (veins).

So the extra fluid in the area from the application of heat can get trapped there.

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