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Terry T
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Joined: Jun 2014

Hi all - 

First, I send postive vibes and thoughts to all who are out here...if you are here, you got "some stuff" going on"!

I am almost a year out from full nephrectomy of my right kidney and adrenal gland. My first CT Scan was negative - though I had a small cyst on my pancreas - apparently it was there all along so nothing to worry about now...

But my back pain, which is how my kidney tumor got diagnosed in the first place, is still raging and I am getting shots for that but I have been told not to take Advil (or any ibuprofen) since the surgery. Two qiuestions:

a) have others received that same warning?

b) what do you take that is an anti inflammatory if you can't take Advil? I use Tylenol but that doesn't work the same ...isn't an anti inflammatory 


Thanks all



todd121's picture
Posts: 1449
Joined: Dec 2012

They say to avoid NSAIDS (aspirin, for example), because they are very hard on the kidney. I don't know what you'd take instead. I'd ask the doctor.

How is your kidney function? What's your creatinine/GFR? If your kidney function is good (creatinine under 1.4), you could probably take them. I'd ask your nephrologist about this and how much would be safe.


donna_lee's picture
Posts: 1001
Joined: Feb 2009

The kidney(s) process NSAIDs-Advil, Motrin and others.

You can take aceteminophen, as it is processed by the liver.  But why are you having the back pain? Going to a chiropractor for an adjustment will not hurt you if there are muscle spasms.  Or try massage.  But try to eliminate the source of the pain.


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