wander past the computer into the kitchen and only then does it hit me, [never you mind what it was that hit me]. stand at the window eyeing the heavy sky realizing i can breathe as well as almost anyone for once without serious expensive prescription medical intervention and really there’s no reason. decide it will not last but will appreciate the respite while it does.
& so. since i have all the inspiration of an … uninspired thing, and the highest google ranking since the last time i had a high google ranking, i’ve decided to do what my friends in medicine & academia advised me to do about this discovery, that is, put some keywords in the page title & blog it.
prior to the day quoted above (several days after i’d begun taking prescription strength aleve for a toothache) i was debilitated by my asthma. would wake up gasping for breath & needed many blasts off the inhaler just to get getting air, & i would need the inhaler more or less constantly all day & still barely be able to negotiate a ‘normal’ life. the only thing that had helped was serevent, but loss of medical insurance made that $140/month inhaler out of budget, & i went back to being sick as hell all the time.
so the toothache faded & i stopped taking the naproxen & the breathing got worse. being analytical by nature i looked back & realized the only thing i’d done different those breathing days was to take naproxen.
i started taking the naproxen again. one in the morning one at night 1,000mg per day. i started being able to breathe again.
i ran out of prescription strength & started taking over the counter generic aleve, and i googled to see if this was known anywhere, all i found was warnings about naproxen being bad for asthmatics with sensitivity to aspirin & other … n-saids? but i have no such sensitivities.
now let me tell you the weirdest part. even on expensive serevent, i was still subject to my worst symptom trigger — that is, getting somewhere & finding i was without my inhaler. instant acute attack, severe symptoms, panic. on aleve, i go days not even knowing where my inhaler is. discovering i’ve forgotten it happens more often than discovering i’ve remembered it, & it just doesn’t matter anymore. i mean, i have as close to zero symptoms as i have ever had in my entire life right now, however it should be noted i also have (sort of inadvertently it just happened) cut down smoking to approx. 1 pack a week, before the cutting down i did still have the occasional symptom. occasional.
disclaimer: i may be a medical freak. this isn’t a scientific study. i do know for sure it’s the aleve i’ve experimented again & again. one doctor said it makes sense there is a smooth muscle relaxant in naproxen sodium, that’s the most medically scientific i can get for you. try at own risk i’m not a doctor i’m a web designer.
i currently take 440mg morning, and 440mg before bed, that’s double the recommended overthecounter dosage. i take it with food in my stomach & with a full glass of water & have no gastric side effects however i have one of those castiron type stomachs, ymmv.
today? i have no idea where i left my inhaler. and i don’t use prescription inhalers anymore, a basic primatene will do & it lasts forever, months & months. i live like a person with mild almost nonexistent asthma. this is utterly fucking miraculous in case i haven’t mentioned that.