Short-term use of ibuprofen may increase chance of chronic pain

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Researchers say more research needed into possible link between anti-inflammatory drugs and longer-term problems such as back pain

Using drugs like ibuprofen and steroids to relieve short-term health problems could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, new research suggests.

The findings from the small study indicate that it could be time to reconsider how pain is treated. Normal recovery from a painful injury involves inflammation – the body’s natural reaction to injury and infection – and new research suggests blocking inflammation ...

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