To be honest I thought I was invincible when I was younger. I almost never caught a cold or got the flu. I loved to hike and when I developed degenerative arthritis in my lower spine I was determined to still walk in the woods. I discovered that taking Ibuprofen really helped the pain. I took four sometimes as many as six Ibuprofen a day and it worked. I solo-hiked 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 1995, thanks to the over-the-counter inflammatory.
I also had acid reflux and starting taking omeprazole, 20 mg, twice a day. Hooray. I thought I had conquered both irritating physical abnormalities. Continue reading